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Moon River Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Kempsey
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Stayed overnight deriving from Sydney to Gold Coast.

Got delayed on the way and reached at 9.30. had spoken to the motel people and they waited. Though dinner / restaurant was closed but the nearby Mc Donalds was an ok substitute.

Location is peaceful, and there is a river flowing towards the rear of the rooms. Pretty relaxing to just step out and sit on the wooden benches outside.

BREAKFAST IS NOT available unless you order the previous night....so BEWARE...

Minus the food arrangement, everything else is pretty efficient and good.

Room Tip: If Mc Donalds is not your idea of dinner, reach before 8 pm. Lou's cafe ..a.round 700 metres...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

From the road the motel looks quite basic, but once in the room it has been nicely refurbished. Good decor and well appointed.

The motel is located off the road so there is no road noise.

quite nice sitting at the rear of the rooms on the banks of the Kempsey river in the morning.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 nights at this river motel. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable about the area. The room was very clean with comfortable beds. It was wonderful to open the door to the riverside and relax at the picnic tables with some wine. The restaurant had good food and decent service. We ate there twice as the price was right and the food enjoyable. This was a pleasant find along our travels. It was wonderful to have a comfortable bed and very quiet surroundings.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the river cost a little more, but are very quiet and relaxing.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

My husband and I had initially planned to stay at port Macquarie on our way home to Brisbane from Sydney but everything was booked out. Came across moon river on the net and booked what was the last river room left. Check in was quick and Michelle was very pleasant and helpful. On entering our room we were very pleasantly surprised, the room was very clean, had been refurbished, there was a single and queen bed, good bathroom and such a lovely outlook of the river from the back door. After such a long drive we didn't feel like going out to eat so ordered room service. The meal was just as good as the more upmarket places we've stayed at in the cities. Plenty of tv stations to pick from and good reception. After paying over $360 for a night at a well known hotel chain in port Macquarie on our way down last week that had atrocious service and surly receptionists, we will definately stay at Moon River instead on our next trip down. Thankyou for a pleasant stay.

Room Tip: If you want a room for just a night on your way to Sydney don't pay exorbitant big hotel prices...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

after having to rely on motels for many years and often coming up disappointed we were glad to see a nice room for a change. the one thing you need while travelling is a good nights sleep. so when we opened the door to our room at moon river we were greatly surprised to find a nice bed. also the room was very clean and had been recently renovated. that was a bonus to have a nice shower and toilet. since you are relying on the motel owner to provide you with a level of comfort during your stay, we were very pleasantly surprised. we will stay here again as it is often pot luck with motel rooms. we don't want gold taps etc, just a good bed and a reasonable toilet and shower, moon river is one of the best i have stayed in. another good thing at moon river is, i didn't hear one truck during the night. equally as good as the georgian in albury. the diner in the motel restaurant was another surprise. the meal was the best i have had for a while and i didn't need a hamburger after it, far from it. well done moon river.

Room Tip: any room would be good, we got an executive.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

We stayed in one of the discount rooms which boast undercover parking which is an important aspect with spring storms and hail in the area. The air-conditioned room was clean and comfortable with a good quality queen and single bed. Basic tea and coffee facilities are provided. A small shower toilet with a shampoo - body wash dispenser, soap bathmat and towels were provided but no face washers. The restaurant is only open for limited hours and on arrival we were told that due to a large booking we only had about half an hour if we hoped to get a meal there. We decided to pass as we needed to freshen up after driving 800 km to get there. Consequently we purchased a meal at a Chinese restaurant in town. We slept comfortably and made an early departure. We choose to take breakfast at a service centre about an hour into our trip as this offered much greater value for money that the motel's offering. Kempsey is well supplied with motels but is no longer on the main highway. I think the town is screaming for a motel that is willing to go the extra yard to make a stay a little bit special.

Room Tip: Check restaurant hours when booking if you hope to get a meal at the motel.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This was the first time I had stayed in Kempsey since the town was bypassed through the upgrade of the Pacific highway. Now that all the big trucks are no longer coming through town each of the accommodation houses nestled between the old highway and the river are set for a boost as the ambience of the area has changed completely without trucks blooming past 24/7.

Moon River Motor inn is an older style motel that has been tastefully refurbished. It is not trying to be something it's not and offers clean quality accommodation at affordable prices.

I was there on business and just needed a bed in a quiet space to do work on the laptop, make phone calls etc. I stayed in one of the budget rooms (without the river views) and it was adequate for my purposes. It was clean and tidy and spacious enough (just),furniture and other fittings are simple but clean well maintained.

If you want the view it will cost you a few extra dollars but it's worth it as the views up and down the river from the motel are glorious. There is a nice looking restaurant on site but I didn't get a chance to use it as business commitments didn't allow.

The motel offers free Wi-Fi and it actually works unlike many others, it had a good speed and there was no need to get passwords etc just log on and start working.

The staff were friendly and hospitable and the booking system that I accessed via trip advisor was simple accurate and quick.

Room Tip: If you want to wake up to a great if you are natural setting then book of the slightly more expensiv...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Address: 159 Smith Street | Macleay Valley Way, Kempsey, New South Wales 2440, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Kempsey
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Kempsey
Price Range: $67 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Moon River Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet riverbank Kempsey motel accommodation on the banks of the beautiful Macleay River. Nice 3 1/2 star rated rooms on the riverbank with great views on the river. Free wireless broadband, Austar with Foxtel and HD digital TV programs on HD LCD TVs. Comfortable river executive rooms with office desk, free broadband internet access, free wireless internet access for the busy business person as well as comfortable river rooms for people who just want to relax. Step out of your door, sit on the river bank and relax in Nature's Wonderland. Looking for nice and economical accommodation? Our economic rooms are well priced for those seeking a comfortable and affordable stay. These 3 star rated rooms in the side-building offer economical accommodation and have all that you need: en-suite shower, air con, hair dryer, toaster, TV, fridge, wireless internet accessible free of charge. Enjoy a relaxing stay in our gardens with pool or sit on the riverbank, watching the Macley slowly passing by. Enjoy lovely meals and great wines at Moon River Restaurant - with great views on the river. ... more   less 
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