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Harbour View Motel
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Robe
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Love this motel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

We try to stay at Robe Harbour View twice a year. Don and Robby are fantastic owner hosts and go above and beyond to make your stay as happy as possible. We stayed in a smaller room this time tucked in the rear of the complex. It did not have a view but it did not disappoint. There is a beautiful under cover BBQ area where guests may cook. Your car can be parked outside your front door and they have a free guest laundry. We recommend buying fresh fish from the fish co-op and cooking it on BBQ with a bottle of local wine from one of the excellent wineries. Robe is art lovers paradise in summer season with many cafes showcasing quirky art. Most of the yummy cafes have free wifi plus the motel offer free wifi. We had no problems with connection. Highly recommend ALL the cafes in town. There is a lot of things to do in Robe if you do your research. The school runs a very fun fete carnival over Easter. We will continue to return to Robe Harbour View. Thanks Don and Robby for yet another happy holiday.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter C
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RobbieMaddern, Owner at Harbour View Motel, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
Hi Peter, thank you again for yet another lovely review, it is always a pleasure to hear how much our guests enjoy their stay with us. It is just as important for us to have nice guests as it makes our day a pleasure especially when we have repeat guests and we have the chance to get to know each other.

We understand that some guests prefer a little bit more privacy and as you mentioned, we have Standard Rooms tucked away at the rear of the motel for this purpose some of which you can park your car or motorbike directly infront of.

The rooms without a harbour, park or marina view do overlook the covered pergola area which is great in the warmer months particularly crayfish season where a lot of guests prefer to cook their prized catch of the day on the BBQ where everything is provided necessary to do so.

There is certainly plenty to do here in Robe, and the Harbour View Motel is in a great location if you choose to get out and about. From a sunset walk around the marina boardwalk to a quick walk back into town for a bite to eat at one of the delicious cafes and restaurants, nothing is too far. The friendly staff are always more than willing to offer advice and point you in the right direction, after all we all live in Robe and we love to show it off!

Don, staff and myself would like to say a big thank you for staying with us and we look forward to next time.

Robbie Maddern
Owner/Operator
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Glenelg, Australia
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104 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

We picked this place because of it's proximity to the spencer st station and the airport skybus. We were travelling with a new seven week old baby and found the one bed apartment a good option so one of us got sleep! Cot was provided and reception staff were helpful and friendly. It was very cold, so the extra blankets came in handy. We really enjoyed the restaurant downstairs and also found out that they did take away hot chocolates which was lovely. We did have some noisy young partyish neighbours but they didn't bother us too much.

Stayed May 2014
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Mount Victoria, Australia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

We stayed in the upstairs harbour view room which was very clean and tidy although we felt it was not the best value for money in this area. Connecting to the free WIFI proved too difficult and frustrating. Overall the motel is a nice place to stay but for the price lacks atmosphere and finesse.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Thank Sharon O
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HarbourViewMotel, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour View Motel, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very happy to read your comments “Clean and Comfortable Motel”

Upon arrival we gave you the opportunity to view our different room types, which you accepted. You were shown a Deluxe Suite in the courtyard, a Ground Level View Room at the front and the Upstairs Panoramic View Suite. After commenting that the price was out of your budget range, you left to view other properties in the area.

You returned an hour later and took the Upstairs Panoramic View Suite with the spa, knowing what you were receiving for money spent. The rooms are modern, with a “Comfortable” King Size bed, private balcony with an uninterrupted view of the Harbour as well as a large TV, mini-bar, tea & coffee facilities, and spa bath just to name a few. As you would have learned, our prices are similar to others in the area. We are proud to offer four different accommodation levels including our Standard Suites which you did not wish to view.

We very rarely receive complaints regarding the internet, had this have been brought to our attention we would have been more than happy to assist getting you up and running on the Free Wi-Fi. More often than not it is just a small setting that needs to be changed on the device. Unfortunately we cannot fix a problem that which we do not know about.

Overall I hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and time in Robe, we wish you all the best on future travels.

Kind regards,

Claire Liddell
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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

My partner and I stayed at the Harbour View Motel in June 2014 - firstly, the owners were absolutely fantastic. So kind and helpful. They pinpointed all the best spots for eating & sightseeing.

Rooms were clean, neat and the location was very close to everything.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JenK53
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ClaireLiddell, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour View Motel, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Hi JenK53.

On behalf of the team at the Robe Harbour View Motel, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us.

Having owned and operated the Harbour View Motel for over 13 years, Robbie and Don are proud of the motel and everything it has to offer, from the facilities to the location and local attractions and eateries - nothing is too much trouble.

It is wonderful to see that you found the suite to be “clean and neat”. Each day our housekeeping staff take the time to ensure that each suite is left spotless for our next guests. It’s wonderful to hear that you appreciated the hard work that our team take to ensure that your suite was perfect for your arrival. A selection of our suites can be viewed at the Robe Harbour View website.

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

Kind regards

Claire Liddell
Guest Relations Manager
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Melbourne
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207 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Harbour View Motel was comfortable and quiet. We stayed in their top room which was somewhat over priced at $230 per night, but probably on par with others in the area. We had a king size bed which was very comfortable, as were the chairs. We had a balcony with a view of the harbour. The spa bath was adequate and one person fitted nicely. Our friends stayed in a budget room which cost $100 less than our room per night and had a queen size bed (also comfortable), no balcony or bathtub, and no view. The rooms were similar in size and the TV was the same size. The women who cleaned our rooms were cheerful and helpful. In all the motel is a nice place to stay, but a bit dated and lacking atmosphere or charm.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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ClaireLiddell, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour View Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review based on your recent stay with us in April.

Being the only Motel in Robe offering the only uninterrupted views of the Harbour, our prices are in line with other motels in the town and we are proud to also offer Deluxe Suites and Ground Level View Suites for those who do not wish to spend as much on accommodation, perhaps this would have been better suited to your budget.
It is great to hear that you enjoyed our Upstairs Panoramic View Suite, with facilities as you have mentioned such as the King Size bed, Spa Bath and Private Balcony with spectacular harbour views, these rooms are a lot grander than the Standard Suites in which your friends had booked.
All of our rooms are spacious and are fitted with the same basic facilities and necessities for comfort such as the large LCD T.V’s, tea and coffee, linen and mini-bar.

We thank you for choosing Harbour View Motel for your accommodation while in Robe, we trust you enjoyed your time in our little town and wish you all the best on future travels.

Kind regards,

Claire Liddell
Guest Relations Manager
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Kadina, Australia
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

Having stayed at the Harbour View Motel on a couple of occasions now, I can certainly recommend the accommodation and friendliness of the staff. Will no doubt stay again on my next trip south. Thanks for the hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Damienwe
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RobbieMaddern, Owner at Harbour View Motel, responded to this review, July 6, 2014
Hi Damienwe, Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted to hear you enjoy your stays with us here at the Harbour View Motel.

We cater for corporate guests in our spacious Deluxe Suites in the courtyard. We also offer Standard Suites, Ground Level View Suites and our Upstairs Panoramic View Suites which cater for all traveller types and budgets. Photos of our room types can be viewed on the Harbour View Motel website.

All of our staff live in Robe and we love to share all of our local knowledge, from the best places to grab a coffee and bite to eat, through to walks and sights around the town. Our location away from the main street means we are just a short walk from most of the attractions and a 7 minute walk back into the town up past the marina and along the shore. We are more than happy to do what we can to ensure your time in Robe is memorable. We love to show off our beautiful little seaside town!

Thank you again for your review, we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Bellingham, Washington
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162 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

We selected this motel after reading all the positive reviews...not sure who wrote these or whether reviewers have low standards? Our room was old and sparsely fitted. The only views are when standing out front on the street. The back window could not be locked & mini blinds could not be closed. We have stayed in better motels for the same price.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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RobbieMaddern, Owner at Harbour View Motel, responded to this review, April 19, 2014
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay, we always appreciate receiving comments which help us to maintain and improve our standards as well as meet and exceed guest expectations.

Harbour View Motel has been owned and operated by myself and Don for 13 years and we are very proud of what we have to offer and our facilities. In the past we have received many good reviews which are monitored by Tripadvisor.

I do apologise for any disappointment you experienced and would have been happy to have offered you any help if I had known there was a problem with your room. Your standard room bathroom has just been completely renovated with floor to ceiling tiles and new fittings, the room has a queen bed, LED TV, Tea/Coffee facilities, fridge, hair dryer as can be seen by photos on the Robe Harbour View Website.

You booked a Standard room that states in the room description that it does not have a view. We at the Harbour View Motel pride ourselves in being fair with the ability to offer four different levels of accommodation each priced accordingly so we can help all budgets. In this case perhaps the Ground Level Harbour View Suites and Panoramic Harbour View Suites did not meet your budget.

We again would like to thank you for your stay and hope we can help you next time you visit Robe.

We wish you safe travels,

Regards,
Robbie Maddern
Owner Operator
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Property: Harbour View Motel
Address: 2 Sturt St | PO Box 189, Robe, South Australia 5276, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Robe
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Robe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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