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Kangaroo Island Seaview Motel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Kingscote
Reviewed March 5, 2012

This motel has seen better days. Out room was clean but very dated and a bit sad. The staff at reception were very nice and the location was good but I wouldn't stay again unless I had to.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

Arrived to warm welcome, room somewhat of a shock, had to clean the kitchen out prior to use however then decided to eat out for the rest of our stay (4nights), decor definately needs updating, we stayed in the Matthew flinders suite which had great viewsand location but situated on top of owner's living space who are smokers, so if you don't mind the smell will be fine, cosy but old fashioned look, with a better clean would be worth the money, eg. We chose not to sit on the leather sofas, took one baby wet wipe which was black after wiping! In our opinion the room was well over priced, for where we stayed would suggest half the rate... On a positve Bedrooms ok, at least bedding clean, also another positive staff were friendly and helpful... But definately wouldn't stay there again :(

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

We stayed in the Matthew Flinders Family Suite (a 2 bedroom apartment upstairs with a balcony with great views across the water) for about a week. Although it has its own kitchen, you still get the included continental breakfast. You also get daily servicing (beds and bathroom, but not the kitchen) which surprised me as I thought being more of an apartment than a motel room, we would only get servicing once or twice a week at most.

Positive. The location is hard to beat. Kingscote is the largest town on the island and has the most facilities (hotels, restaurants, supermarket, bank, post office, etc) and all of these things are literally within a two block walk from the motel and most other things a tourist would desire in Kingscote are within walking distance (e.g. the Penguin encounter, etc). Also for getting out and about to other parts of the island, Kingscote is well-situated for getting onto all the major roads on the island. For the other main towns, Penneshaw is very much at the far end of the island (handy for ferry access, but further for most other things and generally has fewer services than Kingscote). Parndana is very centrally located but has almost no tourist services and isn't that interesting a place (by all means visit its local attractions, but I could not imagine staying there).

Positive. Good views out across the water to the jetty and beyond to the mainland (NE direction). Also, from the balcony and main bedroom, views across more to the SE.

Positive. The hosts were very friendly but, being fairly well organised, we really didn't call on their help much during our stay.

Mostly positive. Our apartment was mostly roomy and well-equipped and generally comfortable. The bedrooms were a bit cramped with the beds taking up most of the room, so there was no wardrobe in either of them (the wardrobe was in the vanity half of the bathroom). The beds in the 2nd bedroom were not so comfortable (the main bedroom was fine). The decor is a little dated, but nothing that bothered us. The positioning of the door into the inner part of the bathroom (toilet and shower area) is a bit awkward; a sliding door might work better here?

Mostly positive. The included continental breakfast is very convenient and served in a delightfully authentic old dining room in the 1920s building, but the breakfast itself is a little basic (as others have mentioned) and doesn't vary from day to day (not good for a longer stay). If you crave expresso, the bakery just around the corner in Dauncey Street does take-away expressos and is often from 6am on weekdays (later on weekends); their pies and cakes are rather good too!

Negative. The water tasted pretty awful and there was often a brown colour that took a lot time before the water ran clear (when the taste improved a bit, but still pretty awful). Even in instant coffee and after I'd thoroughly cleaned the inside of the jug, the unpleasant water taste was still apparent. I don't know if this problem was island-wide, just this motel, or just our apartment. Another excuse to go out for expressos from the bakery though!

Negative. We noticed that people tended to smoke under our balcony and the smell drifted up onto our balcony area (but generally didn't permeate the apartment).

Overall, would we stay there again? Or recommend it to friends? Yes, to both, although I think I might buy bottled water next time for drinking. I think as long as your expectations of the place are realistic (and I think the photos and info provided by the motel are pretty accurate in this regard), then I think it's reasonable value for money for a very convenient and relatively comfortable stay. However, our apartment is the only one offered by the motel; I cannot say anything about the experience of staying in the various other forms of accommodation offered by the motel from first hand experience, but from what I could see, I think similar comments would apply.

Room Tip: I think our 2-bedroom apartment is the best option. For a standard motel room, I'd probably go f...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

Seaside units had good sea views and facilities in rooms quite OK. Breakfasts were basic but disappointing in that only instant coffee (unbelievable!) and muesli essentially just rolled oats. Hosts were helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

This is a great place to stay for your last night before catching an early flight out. Be sure to see the penguins. I would not recommend staying here longer, since the area isn't that interesting and it's a ways away from many of the other sights on the island. We stayed 2 nights at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Resort, and our last night here. That worked out great.

I also recommend seeing the sheep dairy, and visit the beach at Stokes Bay.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Jim_and_Barbie
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Reviewed November 12, 2010

My husband and I had a very pleasant and enjoyable 4 night stay here. The motel is basic, quiet, and clean with good views on the waterfront of Kingscote. A continental breakfast is good and is included: for an extra fee one can order a fine cooked full breakfast. Tim and Bobby the owners were very helpful both on the phone when we were seeking accommodations and throughout our stay. The motel is within walking distance of the small town of Kingscote, with very nice restaurants, shops, post office, news agency, tourist information -very convenient. It was an excellent location for exploring the island. There is also a place to do laundry and hang out clothes. Wireless internet is available as well. We would stay here again....

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for one night on a two day tour of KI. We didn't choose this hotel, it came as part of the tour package we had purchased. You do have a view of the water and is 5 min walk to the jetty and restaurants in Kingscote. There is a "pool" across the road beside the water (consisted of rain/ocean water most likely). But it was pretty cool when we visited so we didn't even think to go swimming in it.

The room was comfortable and home-y, but do not expect modern decor. It looked a bit old fashioned (think 70s/80s) but that doesn't myself or my partner. We had a room with one queen and one single bed. The queen bed was very comfortable and both beds came with an electric blanket which we absolutely LOVED as it kept us warm on the chilly winter's night. Their is a heater in the room, which we had kept on all evening before going to sleep. However it was too noisy to be kept on while sleeping.

While the bathroom was of normal size, it was a bit dingy and the shower looked like it hadn't been given a good scrub in a while. If you are the kind of person who cares about your hair, bring your own shampoo and conditioner as the only thing they supply is a 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash dispenser in the shower.

The area was quiet, then again we went during their off season and I think there was only one other guest at the hotel. I'm not sure how it would be in the summer time when I hear all the hotels/motels are sold out every night.

There wasn't a restaurant at the motel, so we had to walk to the Aurora Ozone Hotel to use their restaurant (was only a 5 min walk if that). The dinner was alright, though very much over priced. There are other restaurants in Kingscote which we hear are equally as good and cheaper.

We were given a continental breakfast as part of our tour package. It was in the room when we arrived and consisted of bread (to toast), jams, cereal, milk, and orange juice. Cutlery and plates were also provided in the room along with a kettle and tea.

Overall, a cute motel. If you are expecting high-class modern decor with all the amenities, go somewhere else. But if you want a reasonably priced place to stay with a comfortable, secure feeling, stay here.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 51 Chapman Tce | P.O. Box 37, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Kingscote
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Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Kingscote
Price Range: $80 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kangaroo Island Seaview Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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