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Dawson Motor Inn
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Lismore
Certificate of Excellence
Mapleton, Australia
1 review
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“Complete Surprise Packet.”
Reviewed April 3, 2011

I stayed in this Motor Inn in January 2003 when my daughter was born in the Lismore Base Hospital nearby. it was a cheap, tidy, convenient option. Six years later, upon my return, I thought I would stay again for old times' sake. I wasn't sure it was the same place when I drove in. The new proprietors had taken something very plain and serviceable and transformed it into a boutique accommodation retreat that would happily blend into the Greek Islands, Italy or many of the other Mediterranean beauty spots I have visited. My host Michael was gracious and warm with a ready smile. My room was situated behind a palm-fringed garden dining area from whence issued laughter and merriment to the clink of wine glasses, and friendly 'hellos'. The gentlemen who run the place have an excellent eye for decor with quiet elegance, plus all the practical elements of air conditioning, TV, well-appointed and clean tiled wet areas, and a minibar that was difficult to resist. Had I stayed longer I would have availed myself of the breakfast and dining options that promised much if the rest of the experience was any indication. The gardens deserve comment. They are festooned with a variety of mature palms and other tropical ornamentals, with the scent of flowering gardenias wafting through my windows. The entire enterprise reeked of fastidious standards and perfect laid-back service in a superb setting. All this for just over $100. I'd have gladly paid more. Well done, and I'll be back as Arnie S was wont to say.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 6, 2010

Being on the road a lot for work, there is nothing better than discovering a place that is a home away from home...and the Dawson is just that. Great home cooked breakfasts and dinners, lovely clean rooms and attentive, personal service have all added up to me going back to the Dawson many times. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously thinking of a different motel, or they have some other agenda.
I would recommend the Dawson to any of my friends and colleagues and, in fact, I have on many occasions. The owners, Pete and Gaz will really look after you. Go the Savoury Omelette!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

old noisy air conditions and sofa beds. Far from the best motel we have stayed in. needs updating. Freindly service is a positive but not very comfortable rooms. Located next to highway with noisy trucks. Best thing about motel was the service and worst thing was a tie between the bed and the air conditioner.

  • Stayed January 2010
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Peter G, Owner at Dawson Motor Inn, responded to this review, September 22, 2011
I think that the reviewer has confused us with another Motel on Dawson St.

All of our rooms are freshly painted, new carpets, new curtains & bedspreads, most rooms with new air-cons and all beds are firm, we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of the rooms and the quiet location.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2009

I was tour leader of a group of 30 who stayed 3 days in Lismore. Our decision to stay at Dawson Motor Inn proved wise. Peter Gerstenberg and Garry Jones were terrific hosts, very welcoming and ensured our stay was comfortable and enjoyable.
We made a decision at late notice to have all 30 breakfasts at Dawson Motor Inn instead of elsewhere which again proved to be the right decision. Peter and Garry set about providing 30 breakfasts at no fuss, on time, delicious, high on quality and quantity. Made our start to each day a postive one.
We also left behind luggage by mistake, the guys acted swiftly to ensure we retrieved the items before we caught our next flight out of Coolangatta.
I would recommend Dawson Motor Inn to anyone wanting a good, comfortable and relaxing stay in Lismore.
Don Mann (Auckland, NZ)

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Dawson Motor Inn
Address: 25 Dawson St, Lismore, New South Wales 2480, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Lismore
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Lismore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dawson Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stuart and Dianne,hosts of the Dawson Motor Inn are proud to have you stay with us.Our first-rate facilities and affordable accommodation will make your time in Lismore, be it business or leisure, relaxing and comfortable. The Dawson Motor Inn is Lismore's most popular motel and in a quiet location.Our 21 modern, clean, and all ground level units include Studio Rooms, Family Rooms and Executive Suites, all with off street parking right outside your room. All of our motel rooms have en-suite, reverse cycle air, dining table, writing desk, mini-bar, FREE wireless broadband and much more.With a refreshing salt-water pool & BBQ we'll make you feel right at home.FREE Fast Wi-Fi, FREE Guest Laundry, FREE use of BBQ at Pool, spotlessly clean, quiet at night, walk to CBD, home cooked Room Service Breakfast and Dinners. Voted 1 of 10 in Lismore.All of our units are 3.5 Star AAA rated, and we are situated on the edge of the CBD and only half an hour away from the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay and Ballina.Come and enjoy the natural beauty of the untouched Rainbow Region and pristine beaches of Byron Bay and Ballina. STUDIO ROOMAll rooms have a comfortable queen size bed, or queen and single bed, modern, dining table and chairs, writing desk and en-suite bathroom.Reverse cycle air conditioning, high-speed wireless internet access available FREE, Austar Pay TV (free), ISD/STD direct telephones. FREE Fast Wi-Fi, FREE Guest Laundry, FREE use of BBQ at Pool, spotlessly clean, quiet at night, walk to CBD, home cooked Room Service Breakfast and Dinners. Voted 1 of 10 in Lismore.In room mini bar, iron / board, toaster, hair dryer, tea / coffee, clock radio. Microwaves available.FAMILY ROOMFamily Rooms are very spacious rooms with separate lounge-room and bedroom, interconnecting bathroom, views to pool and palms. Dining table. 2 TV's. Queen- size bed in bedroom, single bed and a double pull-out sofa bed in lounge room, porta cot available. ... more   less 
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