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BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Apollo Bay
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Brussels, Belgium
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“worst night sleep ever!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed here over the NYE period. we were given a ground floor room which backs onto the street with people walking past at all hours shouting (we even heard 1 person vomiting right outside our bedroom window). we were kept awake nearly the whole night with drunken louts and noise from the fairground which was barely 50 metres away. and if that wasnt bad enough, on our 2nd night we were woken up at 7am by the bin men emptying bottles from the pub next door. awful experience and it ruined our time in apollo bay as we were so tired each day so we didnt really enjoy our sightseeing we had been so looking forward to. our friends stayed in the comfort inn a few doors down and paid much less than us, for a room which was far superior to ours.

Room Tip: avoid any room which is on the street side or on the pub side (or you will no doubt be woken up)
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bucket_list_patrick
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ApolloBayMotel, Owner at BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Sorry that you didn’t get any sleep, unfortunately, in the summer with the warm nights, it seems to encourage the town to stay out later and be a bit noisier. It is only Jan 20th, the big crowd has left, and the streets are quiet again.
Hope that you took the time to look around the beautiful area we have here and it encourages you to come back at a quieter time, not over Xmas New Break

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

Stayed for a night in the lovely Apollo Bay on our Great Ocean Road trip.

We booked in for a 2 night stay but decided to move on after a night, this was sorted quickly an easily at check-in; there was a cancellation fee of $40 but that was Best Western's terms not the motels.

We booked a queen room with an extra bed, purley as this was the cheapest on the BW website. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable equipped with a bathroom, mini, crockery and cutlery. No microwave but this was not an issue for us.

The room is motel style, with windows facing over the inner courtyard/ car park, we were able to park directly outside our room which was brilliant as we had 2 big bags. The motel is also very conveniently located for the rest of the town being just behind the main street.

There is a fair which sets up on the beachfront in January within earshot but that wraps up around 10.30 and it didn't disturb us.

The owners were very friendly and helpful and provided us with suggested activities for the few hours we were there in the afternoon. We ate across the road in the Italian restaurant which was also good.

Terry (?) the older owner, made a particular point of wishing us on our way which was a very nice touch. Would definately stay there again if staying for one to two nights.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank starswine
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ApolloBayMotel, Owner at BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Hope that you enjoyed the rest of your trip and got plenty of site seeing done.
It is a beautiful area and you should come back when you have more time to spend 3 or 4 days.




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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

My husband and I drove the Great Ocean Road, and if we could do it again, we'd probably use Apollo Bay as a home base instead of staying in a new town each night. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again if we ever redo this trip.

In planning our trip, our itinerary went through several edits. Originally, we had booked a queen room, cancelled it, and finally booked a second queen room (all through the Best Western website). When we arrived at the property, the clerk couldn't seem to find our second booking but played it cool the entire time. Eventually, he "upgraded" us to a one-bedroom apartment. We were delighted with the extra space (which was very welcome when we repacked our bags, and also when I wanted to watch some tv while my husband wanted to settle down into bed, since he could close the door and not be disturbed by the noise or the light).

When I finally did settle down, I was disturbed by some people (I theorize, based how I heard them carrying on) on their way home from the bar. I can't fault the hotel for that, but I can warn those who might be light sleepers or who end up with a room facing the street to pack earplugs.

Since we had a kitchen at our disposal, we bought provisions for breakfast and lunch for the next day so we were able to save some money on eating out.

The couple who run the property were the real gem of the stay, for us. After we arrived, we kept returning to the front office with various inquiries (for the key to the laundry room, for a dinner recommendation, for opinions about things to do, etc.). Each and every time we approached them, they were both warm and helpful and we were never made to feel as though we were bothering them, despite the repeat visits. Their kids are adorable, too.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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ApolloBayMotel, Owner at BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Glad you had a good time and it was nice to meet you, hope that the rest of your trip was enjoyable.
Thanks for the feed back on the apartment we are very happy with them and must say most of our guests enjoy the extra space
Hope to see you back here sometime
Regards

Heather Brown
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

My family and I stayed here recently for 1 night in a 2 bedroom apartment. The staff were friendly and the apartment was clean, but it was very basic and nothing special, and quite dated. I don't think the price was justified. The pool is very small and is in the middle of the car park so there isn't much privacy. Not quite as nice as it appears in the photo on the website! We have stayed at other seaside towns in Victoria in much nicer, more modern apartments with access to a beautiful pool and spa for a similar price. It was also quite noisy with the bottle shop/hotel next door loading lots of empty bottles into the bins early in the morning.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank vertigolime
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ApolloBayMotel, Owner at BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write a review about the Motel
The apartments were all renovated and refurnished 3 years ago and we believe offer good value. The pool is of adequate size for the motel and as it is available to all guests therefore the middle of the carpark is practical and gives our guests an area to relax and enjoy their stay. We are sorry about the noise from the Hotel this is out of our control although we have spoken to management (they assure us that they do not start work until after 7.30am)


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London, United Kingdom
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62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

This motel is located in Apollo Bay which is a good place to stop if you are doing the Great Ocean Road in 2 days. We were upgraded to an apartment which was fine and had stuff for cooking if that's your thing. The rooms were clean and had recently had a lick of paint. There is a great Italian Restaurant opposite that is well worth visiting and we were impressed with the quality and quantity of food.
The lady at reception gave us some great tips of where to visit including where to spot 'hundreds of koala's' in the trees and she wasn't wrong!
This is a 'typical' roadmotel and does the job just fine.

Room Tip: Away from the road, we were woken up by a roadsweeping lorry at 6am!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ApolloBayMotel, Owner at BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to review our Motel
I am glad that you got to see the Koalas and all the other
beautiful things that the area has to offer
Maybe we will see you back here again some time – we look forward to it
Hope you enjoyed your anniversary


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Pacific Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Friendly and helpful staff. We had a clean and tidy one bedroom apartment so had plenty of room for our stuff and would have been able to cater for ourselves if we so desired but due to the hotels central location it was convenient to all the towns main eateries. Next time we travel in that direction will have no hesitation in staying there again. Recommended.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alan M
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ApolloBayMotel, Owner at BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thanks very much for taking the time to do this review.
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the local eateries- (only way to have a holiday) we certainly hope that you do come back as there is plenty to do and see in this beautiful area
We look forward to looking after you again


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Tauranga, New Zealand
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Oldish motel but the staff are super friendly. They gave us plenty of tips and tricks for our trip and a password for complimentary internet (maybe because it was low season and still very quiet?). The rooms are clean and the mattresses nice and firm.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank max_1966
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ApolloBayMotel, Owner at BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
It was our pleasure to look after you and offer you the complimentary WI-FI
We pride our selves on offering clean comfortable rooms and friendly service
We look forward to seeing you again


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Property: BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
Address: 2 Moore St, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Apollo Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Apollo Bay Motel is 50m from the Great Ocean Road and Apollo Bay beach foreshore. Take a walk along the beach or in Beech Forest at the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, a game of golf overlooking the bay, a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles and Shipwreck Coast or catch your breath at the top of the Cape Otway Lighthouse. We are just under 2 hours from Avalon Airport and 2 hours 40 minutes from Melbourne's Tullamarine International Airport. Best Western Apollo Bay Motel offers motel and spacious apartment-style accommodation with reverse-cycle air conditioning, cable TV and free unlimited wireless Internet, tea and coffee making facilities, toaster, mini bar, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. Additional facilities include free off street parking, reception internet kiosk, printing facilities, swimming pool, BBQ and guest laundry. Continental and cooked breakfast is available to your room. Breakfast for Coach and tour groups is available in our breakfast room by prior arrangement. Charge back for meals available. From your mini-bar, enjoy the great selection of local boutique brewed beer and cider from Prickly Moses, wines from along the Great Ocean Road Coast - Long Boards, and North East Victoria - Morrisons of Glenrowan and sparkling wine from Amulet, Beechworth. Enjoy either in the comfort of your room, or by the courtyard pool. Accepted credit cards include: MasterCard, Visa, Amex, Union Pay. No fees apply. ... more   less 
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