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“Great Views” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Great Ocean View Motel
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Apollo Bay
Victoria
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

This was a great stopover for one night, positives were excellent views(we were on the top floor), balcony, easy parking, clean, friendly manager.
Negatives were internet access was difficult, we were in a room next to smokers who would smoke on the balcony so we would have to close our door so as to not breathe in the second hand stink. If you found stairs difficult probably ask for a ground floor apartment as there is no other access to upstairs rooms.
Overall I would stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

Upstairs room (extra cost) definitely had great views of ocean! Room ok, but tired and in need of maintenance (tear in carpet, bare wires coming out of wall, dirty seal around sink) but otherwise clean. Decor and furnishing in need of modernisation. Back entrance tatty and not very pleasant. Generally ok but overpriced. Charge for wifi which was high. Next night paid $30 less for much better room in same town, view didn't represent the price band

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NeenBJ
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Belfast
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

I stayed here this weekend, out travelling the Great Ocean Road. Chose on basis of reviews here and the fact it is supposed to be 4 Star.

It might be that the rating system in Australia is different to the UK but I have stayed in nicer 3 Star accomodation in the UK.

Location - drive to Apollo Bay, drive out of Apollo Bay and this Motel is last on your right. All other Motels, hostels and B&B's would appear to be closer to the beach and town, though it was only a ten minute walk so not the worst.

Greeted at reception by friendly staff, payment taken and room key received, advised that the humid heat was causing a lot of insects to be about and to keep room dor shut. This was no problem as it was about 36 degrees and very humid.

Room 28 was accessed by a private flight of stairs, which are quite tired looking and one or two being cracked. Entry to the room gained by slliding back a mesh screen door and opening a patio door.

First impression was of a decent sized room, double bed, high ceiling flat screen telly wal mounted. Found the air con controller and cranked it up.

Things gradually wend down hill from here, I like a clean bathroom/ shower. The shouwer in this case was mouldy, there was sealant missing around the shower tray, the head of the shower had some sort of pink fungus trying to squeeze through the water holes and the floor was just grubby. There was evidence that someone had tried cleaning the door of the bathroom, as there were random hairs stuck to it left behind from maybe being wiped down?

Inspecting the cupboards lead to the discovery of big can of commercial inseciticide, which perhaps indicated the night we had in store.

There was an iron and ironing board, fridge, kettle, toaster tucked away neatly.

When it came to sleeping thats when things really went wrong. The air-conditioning unit is located directly above the bed, and sounds like a small tractor when operating. This was swicthed off and the heat built up quickly.
The insects which we tried to keep at bay by keeping the door and screen door closed still came in from some where. (I discovered the following morning that there is a gap in the door allowing free access)
The fridge likes to start up with a small bang every 20 to 30 minutes. The walls are quite thin so you could hear thudding around in other apartments, and the tractor noise of someone braving the air-con.
So basically it was difficult to sleep cos of the heat and noise, reading meant you needed a light and this encouraged more insects. I killed off all the invaders and tried to sleep but spent on of the worse nights of my life to hot, then surprised by the fridge noise and repeatedly getting bitten by insects. Very disappointed, very tired the next morning, but at check out time when I went to complain no staff were available, a note advising to leave the key in a polypocket attached to the window at reception.

Wouldn't stay again, and think in future basing a choice on a place with so few reviews is not the way forward - there are currently only 28 on TripAdvisor for this hotel and only 28 rooms in the hotel.

Room Tip: Not room 28 quite rough, air-con is directly above bed. Great Ocean Road os straight outside Motel...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Big_Stevie_G
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

A great place to stop off. The view from the terrace is great and Apollo bay shops and restaurants are around the corner. Rooms could do with upgrading but are perfectly comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Huwthomas60
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Enjoyable, comfortable stay. Owners friendly. Good location for price!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank travel-bug192754
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Dublin
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

A Great Ocean View is a popular stopover for people exploring the Great Ocean Route. The main attraction is the wonderful view of the coast, otherwise this is a fairly basic motel. The rooms are spacious and fine for a night or two.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JoyDublin
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

We've been traveling along the coast from Sydney through to Adelaide and with the exception of the expensive 5 star hotels we've stayed at, this would be one of the best. Clean, spacious rooms & the best views we've had!

We were lucky enough to score an upstairs balcony room with gorgeous views simply by turning up on a very wet day!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Samgerard
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Property: Great Ocean View Motel
Address: 1 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Apollo Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Ocean View Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"A million dollar view, for the price of a room" Wake to the sights and sounds of the ocean, not just a patch of blue in the distance, you can actually see the waves breaking onto the beach in front of the property. A Great Ocean View Motel offers the unique attraction of ocean views from every suite, while still being located within walking distance of Apollo Bay's many activities and facilities. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Great Ocean View Hotel Apollo Bay
Great Ocean View Motel Apollo Bay/Great Ocean Road

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