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“Do not stop here. Dirty small plain rooms”

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Port Denison Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Bowen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 16, 2013

DO NOT STOP HERE. it's an old retirement home. Seriously. Ask the motel they will tell you. Shower rooms never been changed since then. Hand rails for the elderly in plentiful. It's full of construction workers who sit drinking outside the rooms. Only plus side is good bar a stones throw away. Spend a fraction more and stop somewhere else. The retirement home is what it should be turned back in to.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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BowenPort, Owner at Port Denison Motor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

It sounds as though our English guests have had nothing to do one night but remember their stay six months previous at Port Denison Motor Inn. We regret their memories are so dismal.

The premises are 12 years old and yes it was previously a retirement villiage. It has been trading as a motel for the last four years. Our clients are mainly workers and reps with a smattering of holiday makers.

In October last year, we purchased the lease of the motel and have embarked on a renovation programme which has already seen 46 new split system air conditioners installed, all bedding, curtains and bedspreads replaced and a repainting programme which will see all the units and exterior repainted in the next four months. The handrails have been removed from all but the disabled units and a programme is in place to renew all vanities and retile all bathrooms.

We refute your claim the unit was dirty. Our six cleaning staff go to great lengths to ensure every room is left clean for the next guest. Bowen's town water is not treated and is similiar to bore water. We have to use very harsh chemicals to remove calcium and mineral stains.

As for the workers who are occasionally sitting outside their rooms drinking, I don't think you would like to be told you couldn't sit outside your room and watch the sunset, especially if you had to get up at 4.30am every day and work in temperatures up to 40 degrees in the sun.

You didn't mention the beautiful grounds and gardens and the wonderful views of the Whitsunday Islands in your review. You also neglected to mention the most important things about accommodation. A great bed, plenty of hot water, facilities to cook or just make a cup of coffee, and separate lounge with a comfortable sofa, views to die for, and last but not least no road/traffic noise or noise from the adjoining units.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We didn't really want to stay in Bowen, but being a bit pushed to cover a more distance on our holiday in North Queensland, we decided to make an overnight stop. We also hadn't booked accommodation, and I was using Trip Advisor to try to make an informed choice before turning up to a few places to see if they had vacancies. This motel wasn't on the radar until, having been turned down by a couple of other better establishments, it started to get a bit late and we got worried we wouldn't find anything.

Reception already being closed, I rang the office and the very friendly woman in charge offered me a discounted rate on a twin room, then came and opened up. Because I wanted a twin room, she "upgraded" me to an apartment with kitchenette overlooking the beach, which sounded great. The reality proved otherwise. OK, it had plenty of space, and was clean, tidy and in fairly good repair, but it had very little else to recommend it or make it comfortable: old fashioned venetian blinds which let the light in; an un-recessed shower which flooded the whole of the bathroom floor; a sitting area without air-conditioning; shortage of rubbish bins; no lamps whatsoever - only harsh overhead flluorescents throughout; bare, stark walls save one horrible artwork in the lounge..

I don't want to be too harsh, as it depends on what you're looking for I suppose, but for the same price you can get nicer! I think Trip Advisor is such a brilliant resource, and was disappointed and annoyed with myself that on this occasion I wasn't able to achieve better.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

Lovely spacious, very clean rooms, helpful and friendly hosts in a beautiful location overlooking the beach. The meal at Grandview was very nice and the breakfast at Food Freaks was great.
We would definately stay at this Motor Inn again and will be recommending it to others.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

This motel has most of what you need for a nice quiet time in Bowen. Great location and clean and tidy.
Another chair outside would have been nice. The only real negative was the lack of free wifi

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Stayed in a lovely clean (new?) roomy apartment overlooking the main beach at Bowen.
The hosts were very helpful and knowledgeable in recommending a great meal at the Grandview Hotel, which is a very short walk away.
Make sure you book ahead - we didn't and were lucky to get the last room. Most other places were also fully booked.

Handy to pubs and restaurants.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 22, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2017, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Port Denison Motor Inn

Address: 11 Dalrymple St, Bowen, Queensland 4805, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Bowen
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Bowen
Price Range: $97 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Port Denison Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All rooms are fully furnished and self contained and come complete with separate en suite, bedroom, kitchenette and large lounge area. All bedrooms are fully air conditioned and ceiling fans are installed in the living areas. Facilities and Services: - BBQ & Entertainment area - All motel units are ground floor - Dedicated Disabled unit available - Generous room size - 8 channels of free Austar entertainment (including Nickelodeon) - Ample car & boat parking - Air-conditioner in bedrooms; ceiling fan in lounge room and bedroom - Kitchenettes in each room - Boat parking - The closest boat ramp is 100m - Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Eftpos accepted ... more   less 
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