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McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in McLaren Vale
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Sometimes you fall into the trap of booking solely on tripadvisor reviews, which was the case with this place.
I booked it without really doing the research, so I take partial blame for my disappointment.
But, I just can't see what everyone is raving about. It's just a pretty standard chain motel.
There's no free internet, no free buffet breakfast just a room and the usual pool etc. I don't even know if there is a gym or other features as my check-in was quite process driven.
I also became quite annoyed at "check-in guy". WE booked on-line and THEY took one night accommodation off my credit card as deposit (no problem with that). When we arrived, "check-in guy" must have said 5 times that THEY usually take the full amount and maybe WE had insufficient funds on our credit card. I ended up having to be quite rude and direct to back him off. I realise I have been on holiday and not shaved for a week, but I was humiliated by this ridiculous line of questioning. I understand that that in their line of work they probably deal with the odd dead-beat but he could and should have been more subtle.
Fortunately, our 3 days there passed without any further need to interact with "check-in guy". The rooms are neat and tidy and well equipped. They are just nothing special and I couldn't see $305 a night in them. We had a two bedroom apartment which was, in reality, probably a $200 a night room.
Personally, having now seen what's available I would stay at one of the other options in the area.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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MDV65, Manager at McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review. I have spoken to the "check-in guy" and asked about your check-in, He remembers your arrival and not because of your appearance but was concerned that there may have been a mix up in your booking (not normal procedure followed re: full payment) so was trying to get the facts of your booking so their wasn't a mix up in length of time or rate etc and that your booking was correct. We are please you found the rooms neat tidy and well equipped and that you are considering a return to our region.

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

The McLaren Motel was amazing. It was comfortable, and we even had a full kitchen and wash/dryer in our room. It had a big hot tub and separate shower. It was in the lovely wine country so we went around tasting wines by day and relaxing in our lovely room at night. They even had a pool and sauna.

Room Tip: We got the King bedroom. Look for the one with the washer dryer. They have several. It is an easy...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Spent two nights in this little gem in Mc Laren Vale. Rooms were clean and a good size with a small kitchenette where we could have breakfast. Tea, Coffee, cutlery and crockery provided as well as microwave, toaster and fridge. The pool area was lovely and had lots of tables, chairs umbrellas and lazy boys to make lounging by the solar heated pool very relaxing. The best thing about the accommodation were the friendly and accommodating managers. Nothing was too much trouble and even let us stay by the pool for the day after we had checked out. You couldn't go past this place for great facilities, cleanliness and even better service.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

The McLaren Vale Motel is very well located on the edge of town, but within walking distance to many locations within McLaren Vale. Reception was courteous and helpful, rooms spacious and very well appointed. We stayed in one of the 'new' rooms which we would recommend.

the in room continental breakfast included in the room rate was very good.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is one of the cleanest and quietest Motels we have ever stayed at. All staff were friendly and courteous and nothing was too much trouble. the knowledge of all staff was amazing. i highly recommend this motel for couples weekends or families it is wonderful. The reception staff went out of their way for my husband and i and also other travelers.. the newly renovated rooms are lovely. No wonder we always need to book in advance. we will be back.
Thanks to the Vandeluer Family for a memorable weekend.

Room Tip: Book early to avoid disappointment and plan to stay longer there is actually so much to see and do..
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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MDV65, Manager at McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Thanks for your wonderful review and tips for other guest. Hope you have a Happy New Year, share your new collection of McLaren Vale Wine with Good friends and love to see you back again.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

This place does not look like much, but the rooms are super nice, very comfortable, large, and modern. Great location to walk to restaurants etc after a long day of wine tasting! Just add free wifi and it would be perfect. :-)

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Used this as a base to tour McLaren Vale vineyards and cellar doors. Central location. Very good restaurants within 100metres. Excellent accommodation. Great gardens - roses and other flowers. Wine-knowledge of owner/manager amazing. Good value.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments

Address: Cnr Main Road & Caffrey St, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > McLaren Vale
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in McLaren Vale
Price Range: $107 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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