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Harbour View Motel
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Robe
Reviewed January 29, 2013

After an excellent welcome we were shown to our luxury rooms, albeit, facing the car park, but as we had anticipated. . Extremely high standard of accommodation, including bedding, toiletries, hospitality tray and entertainment media. We enjoyed free wifi although we had expected to pay for this extra. There is also a beautiful area for sun lounging and outdoor eating with bbq facilities. The owner was extremely helpful in recommending eating places and also provided a full tour of the rooms, including the harbour view rooms which, although costing extra, were sumptuous.
A wonderful night's sleep followed and the only disappointment was that we were not staying there longer.

Room Tip: All rooms are great but if it's a view of the water you like, then ask for these specifically.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Kathleen L, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour View Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Thank you for your lovely review of your time at the Harbour View Motel. It is always wonderful to hear that guests enjoyed their stay.

In each of our suites we take in consideration the guest’s needs. From what they will need during their stay, to how the room is presented, the each staff member takes the time to make sure each suite is perfect for the guests.

During your stay with us, you will find many extras available to you throughout the motel. As Wifi is becoming extremely popular and wildly available, many locations in Robe, such as eateries and the Harbour View Motel have chosen to make it freely available to consumers. As you mentioned, we also offer a free BBQ area, fitted with large tables and chairs. This area is located next to the guest’s garden and lawn, where you will find the new sun lounging chairs and umbrella. By supplying items like these, we feel that our guests can make themselves at home during their time away and simply relax.

Once again thank you for your review and we hope to see you next time you are in Robe.

Kind regards

Kat Lloyd

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was a great one-nighter for us on our way to McLaren Vale from Melbourne... Our second stop after doing the great ocean road. The staff is friendly, we had free wi-fi, the room was clean, well appointed and the price was right. Easy walking to main town, nice park just in front and good recommendations for eats by the owner. Would not hesitate to book this place for a night or more...

Room Tip: They have ocean view rooms available at a premium, would be a good choice if staying at least a long...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kathleen L, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour View Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review the Harbour View Motel. We are proud of the products that we have on offer and enjoy hearing that guests enjoyed their time with us.

The Lipton Park, situated in front of the Motel proves to be the perfect foreground to the picturesque view of the harbour and marina. Throughout the year, the park is maintained to ensure the grass is kept a lush green. Positioned in the park is a communal BBQ area under stunning native trees. To one side, the park is edged with native fauna which also house the beginning of the walking trail that leads around the marina and cliffs. The park is widely used by locals and guests to the town and provides a wonderful location to relax for lunch, while taking in the magnificent view.

The township of Robe has many eateries, catering for all meals of the day. The reception has a copy of many of the menus for these establishments and are more than happy to talk to guests about the service, atmosphere and of course the food at each of these. As the staff is all local, they have a good insight into the best places to eat and what their specialties are. Robe has a vast dinning culture, one that is perfect for visitors and holiday makers.

Once again, thank you for your review and I hope you had a safe trip home.

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Kat Lloyd

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Make sure if you stay at this hotel, make sure you ask for a harbour view room as they are nice. We got a room described as a deluxe suite that overlooked the car park. It wasn't that great. Also the hotel should work on its in room notices as they're unfriendly, eg stating you have to pay $15 if you use the extra bed.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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RobbieMaddern, Owner at Harbour View Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay here at the Harbour View Motel. We do appreciate the time guests take to go out of their way to write a review. I do apologize that you did not realize that our Deluxe suites and Standard Suites do not have a view. It is ashame that you did not read this on booking as it is stated on our website and in all our advertising that our Deluxe and Standard suites do not have a harbour view but are positioned in the courtyard. Majority of our guests ask to park their car near their rooms so this is the reason for car parking. We do provide a large car park next door to the motel that is available to guest.

The opportunity would have been there to book one of our Ground Level Harbour View or Upstair Panoramic suites but they are more expensive because of the view and perhaps this was not in your budget. The Harbour View Motel pride themselves in being fair and the ability to offer four different levels of accommodation each priced accordingly so we can help all budgets. This is explained in the room type description when booking as can be seen on our Robeharbourview website.

Guests have actually informed us that our Extra Bed signs are very good as they are informative and the guest knows exactly what they are paying for. We like our guests to be relaxed and happy and on departure there is no issue of costs as all charges are upfront on arrival as we think they should be. I will pass your comments onto management for further discussion.

We wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2013 with a safe trip home.

Kind Regards,
Robbie Maddern
Owner/Operator
Harbour View Motel

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

for Harbour View Motel is matching perfectly the saying " we checked in as a Guests and we checked -out as a friends". Spending our Christmas time in Robe SA and chosen as our accommodation Harbour View Motel Robe was one of our smartest idea for Christmas. Our Hosts was absolutely great with a great welcome feeling and make us being part of their beautiful family. Our stay was excellent and they are most kind people for anyone who wants to be their Guests. Our harbour view rooms was magnificent and delivered with a brilliant smiley services. Overall we can say that Christmas at Harbour View Motel - Robe Australia was one of the nicest and wonderful Christmas of our life. At the departure we felt like we have our family there. Was a great experience and a magic time. Thank you so much , Robbie and Don for their warmest welcome and great stay. We definitely be back soon. All the best for 2013 ! Yours faithfully , Octavian @ family

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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RobbieMaddern, Owner at Harbour View Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

The Team here at the Harbour View Motel are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us here at Robe. Don and I regard Christmas as a very special time and when guests are away from home we like them to enjoy the day just as much as we do. It was lovely to meet your family Octavian, you all make it very easy to be friends.

It was lovely to hear that you enjoyed your Ground Level Harbour View suites, they are very comfortable with their own table and chairs out the front. The suites have been given a fresh look with all new fabulous linen that delivers a modern day feel. Our website is a great place to view the different range of suites we offer from Upstairs Panoramic View Suites, Ground Level Suites, Deluxe and Standard Suites. All priced accordingly which then helps all budgets. The more expensive Panoramic and Ground Level Suites have the Harbour Views, the Deluxe and Standard Suites are positioned in the courtyard.

In this busy time of year we remind guests that our Harbour View Motel is in a great position in the town. We are a seven minute walk from the main street but you do not want to be near the main street in the busy holiday periods as guests walking home from the Hotels late at night are very loud and noisy.

We wish you a very Prosperous New Year for 2013 with lots to look forward to in the future.

Drive safely,

Regards,
Robbie
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Harbour View Motel

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Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Good choice if you're travelling through Robe. On the outskirts of the centre, about 10-15 mins walk from most shops and restaurants. Rooms are clean and modern. 1st floor rooms with harbour view are the best.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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RobbieMaddern, Owner at Harbour View Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

I would like to begin by thanking you for your review of the Harbour View Motel. We are proud of the product that we have to offer and enjoy hearing about our guests stay.

The township of Robe has always been a popular destination for visitors from both around Australia and the world. During the peak periods the town can come to life with more than triple the standard population. The town works hard to cater for the incoming guests by ensuring the town looks its best, the beaches are kept clean and there is plenty to do and see. For this reason the town centre is always buzzing with life and the ability to escape the crowds can be the final touch on a fantastic vacation to Robe. At the Harbour View Motel, this is a luxury that all our guests can enjoy, while still being able to easily walk to the town centre. In front of the motel is a walking trail that curves around the marina, extends along the fore shore and meets up with the footpaths of the main street. This short walk also allows our guests to leave their cars at the motel and enjoy the beauty that is Robe.

It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your time in the Ground Level View Suites. These suites are located on the front of the Motel are perfectly matched with a view of the green parklands and marina. One of the best parts of Robe is its beauty, and these suites allow you to take it in both day and night.

Once again thank you for your review and I hope you had a lovely and safe trip home.

Kind regards

Robbie Maddern
Owner Operator
Harbour View Motel

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

The staff at the Harbour View Motel were really friendly and helpful. As first time visitors to Robe, they helped to map out the best places to visit and the best places to eat. I was very greatful for their assistance in these fields. The room was clean and very nice. My favourite feature in the room was the amazing view from the balcony. We sat out on the balcony and ate our breakfast, overlooking the harbour and the water beyond; it was incredible! Robe itself is a beautiful town with little shops and cafes everywhere. We especially enjoyed reading all the historical information on the old buildings and checking out the scenery. We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: We had room 16, which had an amazing king size bed, spa bath and fantastic view from the suprisingly...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cristina L
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Kathleen L, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour View Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for your lovely review. The entire team at Harbour View Motel are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Robe and at the Motel.

The main feature in our Upstairs Panoramic View Suites are the private balconies, overlooking the harbour and marina. Each balcony is fitted with its own table and chairs, allowing guests to enjoy the picturesque view. The private balconies are also the perfect place to indulge in some of the local produce and specialties. What better way can you think of, than to relax on one of the balconies and enjoy a glass of local wine, freshly caught crayfish and watch the sun set over the horizon?

Robe is one of the few coastal towns that have preserved a vast array of its historical buildings. Throughout the township, blue plaques have been placed on many of the heritage listed buildings and are accompanied by a map of their whereabouts. This allows guests to stroll through the town and learn about the history of Robe.

Once again thank you for your review and I hope you had a lovely and safe trip home.

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Kat Lloyd

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

We really enjoyed our stopover in Robe after a two week camping trip to Kangaroo Island. We were made to feel really welcome by the hosts who went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We didn't go all out and splurge on a harbour view room, however we were really happy with the quality and cleanliness of our carpark facing room. The room was really comfortable with couch, table and chairs, fridge and kettle and comfortable queen sized bed. As for the cleanliness, we are both very fussy (having previously worked as housekeepers in a resort), and we could not fault the cleanliness at all. The hosts were very friendly and offered plenty of advice on what to see and do whilst in Robe. We would definitely stay here again, thank you.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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RobbieMaddern, Owner at Harbour View Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

On behalf of the entire team at the Harbour View Motel, I would like to thank you for both taking the time to leave a review and for your kind words.

We are proud of the high standards that each and every staff member has in room presentation and cleanliness. From our Standard Suites to our 4 star rated Upstairs Panoramic View Suites, we set out to ensure that each room meets a high criteria. Our house keeping team works hard to achieve this and with no time limit, they make sure that everything is left perfectly for our incoming guests. It is wonderful to see that all their hard work has paid off.

Despite having 4 levels of accommodation, we strive to ensure that all our guests receive the same level of service and comfort. Each of our rooms are designed with the guests needs in mind and we believe that even those that stay for a simple “stop over”, deserve to feel at home. Each of our rooms come equipped with an ensuite, Austar, reverse cycle air-conditioning, comfortable seating, table, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, a Queen bed (King bed in our upstairs suites) and other facilities. I’m glad to hear that you found your court yard suite to be “great value for money” and that it met all your needs.

Once again thank you for your review and I hope you had a lovely and safe trip home.

Kind regards

Robbie Maddern
Owner Operator
Harbour View Motel

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Address: 2 Sturt St | PO Box 189, Robe, South Australia 5276, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Robe
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Robe
Price Range: $96 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbour View Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbour View Motel brings you the best Robe accommodation there is on offer! Treat yourself to the luxury and comfort of the only motel in Robe with uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking the marina and the stunning Guichen Bay. Winner of the Limestone Coast WIN TV Hall of Fame and a Multi Award Winner of the Boutique Motel & Excellence in Tourism/Motels 4 Stars, this 4 star motel is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the outdoor life, and is a superb choice for a romantic break or holiday with the family. Most appealing is the diverse variety of room types available at affordable prices. Family owned and operated for 10 years, happy to offer our local knowledge, service with a smile! While at Robe, you will experience perfect sea views, beaches, historic buildings, scenic drives, walking trails, cafes and local wineries during the day. Robe’s night life comes alive with a choice of restaurants, hotels and a pizzeria, all with their own special influence. ... more   less 
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