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“Convenient location for Spirit of Tasmania”

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Argosy Motor Inn Devonport
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Devonport
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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“Convenient location for Spirit of Tasmania”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Three of us stayed here overnight as we had an early sailing with the Spirit of Tasmania across to Melbourne. The accommodation needs updating but the lady in reception said they are progressively refurbishing the units. We were in one of the rear units so the street traffic did not bother us. Once in a while we could hear the traffic on the nearby bridge but there must be little traffic in the night because we had a good sleep. The staff brought in another bed so each of us (adults) had a bed each although the existing double and single beds would have been enough for 3 people so it was nice of the staff to bring in the extra bed. Thanks.
There is a Foodworks store about 10 min walk up Tarleton St (away from the bridge) so we were able to get some nibbles. It was also a pleasant walk along the waterfront which is just across from the hotel.
The meal in the bistro is nothing to write home about but there is a cafe and a pizza shop across from Foodworks if you are desperate. We were at the bistro when it opened its doors at 5.30pm so we were not one of those who had to wait in a long queue and presumably wait longer for their meals. By the way, don't order the seafood platter because it is mostly chips under a single layer of fried seafood. Very disappointing. The taste platter was tasty and good value.
Jackie at reception ordered the taxi and I heard her distinctly request for 8am pick-up. Next morning, the taxi did not show up at 8am so I asked the lady at reception to call again. The taxi did not have an 8am pickup but the driver showed up within 10min. The driver said the booking was for 9am - and that is when the Spirit of T was sailing ! The lesson of the story is to ask the desk for a follow-up call just in case this happens to you. The taxi cost $8 from the hotel to the ferry terminal.
We booked the accommodation online and thought we had a good price. What we didn't know was that direct booking would have given us the same discount with our seniors' cards inclusive of continental breakfast. Make sure you call/email before you book online and compare.
Plenty of parking on-site. Would recommend for short stay and if you taking the ferry either way. If you are staying longer, there is nothing to see around this hotel. Better look for something more centrally located.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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GoodstoneGroup, Owner at Argosy Motor Inn Devonport, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post your detailed review - sorry about the taxi confusion. Out of our hands I'm afraid. Hope you stay with us again.
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Gladstone, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Absolutly disgracefuf, staff lack any personality, meal was a disgrace could not recommend this establishment if I was paid to. Need to get some decent chefs who can cook. Terribly slow service, would be equal to the worst dining experience one could imagine.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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GoodstoneGroup, Owner at Argosy Motor Inn Devonport, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
We are sorry you found this experience so lacking. We will discuss and ensure that your experience is not repeated.
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Travelers are raving about these Devonport hotels

Geelong, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 16, 2014

After staying here on our Tassie trip three years ago, and finding it good value, we decided to use it again on our recent March 2014 trip.

Clean, Friendly Staff, reasonably priced, excellent bistro, and excellent location for our needs. Not only was the bistro extremely good value, service was excellent, and our 3yo Son has never seen such an elaborate play room, what an absolutely fantastic idea !!

The staff were very helpfull, always willing to help and go the extra step. My family and i are very greatfull to the staff at the Agosy for making our stay so special

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank Tim H
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GoodstoneGroup, Manager at Argosy Motor Inn Devonport, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Tim,
Thank for your wonderful review. We value our return customers and please visit us at The Argosy again.
Regards,
Vanessa & Staff
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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2014

Room was clean and comfortable but bathroom was very small and unpractical. The rooms are very dated and are in need of modernisation. Checking in was a bit of a hassle- staff could not even print me a receipt. Over all not too bad.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Thank Tillie-Leigh
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GoodstoneGroup, Manager at Argosy Motor Inn Devonport, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
We apologise if there were issues when you were checking in. If payment is made on arrival it is policy to issue a receipt.
The bathrooms are smaller on our older rooms, however we consider they are priced accordingly.
Thank you for visiting us.
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Vermont South, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

We took ages to disembark from the spirit of Tasmania, but the location to the ferry of the Argosy is terrific.the staff were amazing and kept the bistro open an hour longer for the travellers. The food was very good, and the staff very friendly. The rooms are very dated, but clean, it would be worth the management doing up the rooms, because of the location

Stayed February 2014
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Thank Judy C
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GoodstoneGroup, Owner at Argosy Motor Inn Devonport, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Hi Judy,
Pleased you were happy with your stay at The Argosy, and we try to accommodate travelers needs when ever possible. Our accommodation refurbishment is underway, but we still have many rooms to go. If guests ask for a refurbished room when making a reservation our staff will advise what is available. Thank you
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Devonport, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Food is boring, uninspiring and not worth the money you pay. We went during the school holidays to take advantage of the kids dinner special and play area - this is about the only worthwhile reason for going. I would rate the children's $2 meals better than my $24 chicken filo with veg - Cold, dry, creamy potato, peas, corn and carrots...very basic.
Service depends on who you get, long term employees show little or no interest.
I had a sponsorship discount voucher for this venue, which no-one knew nothing about and was very reluctant to honour (for the second time ?)...not good enough, too many second chances.
Don't bother wasting your money.
Totally agree with traveldreamer1979.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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3 Thank 252Bella
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GoodstoneGroup, Manager at Argosy Motor Inn Devonport, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
We apologise if you felt your meal was not to an acceptable standard. In regards to the staff and voucher issues we would be happy to discuss if you like to call to the hotel on a weekday and ask to speak to the Manager - Vanessa.
thank you
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Argosy is located on the main road running to the ferry terminal and about 2kms from the terminal itself. Very convenient if you have to catch the morning ferry (which opens check-in at 6.30 a.m.) or if getting off the ferry at night from Devonport.
Rooms and carpets are dated, in need of a renovation (as noted by other travellers and also acknowledged by the management on this site), but rooms were large and the beds comfortable. It is perfectly okay for one night, and serves the purpose well.
Didn't have breakfast, but there seemed to be a cheap offer for cooked brekkie although the picture on the menu showed it may be inadequate.
Overall, good value, large rooms, and you cannot complain if you're only staying here for one night.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank Yasiru S
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GoodstoneGroup, Owner at Argosy Motor Inn Devonport, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Thank you Yasiru for your review of the Argosy Motor Inn. We are in an excellent location for passengers on the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry.
Your accommodation was in one of our Executive rooms and they are a larger size. The refurbishment of our Executive rooms is on our radar, so hopefully next time you visit our renovation will be complete.
Thank you
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Property: Argosy Motor Inn Devonport
Address: 221 Tarleton St, Devonport, Tasmania 7310, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Devonport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Devonport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Argosy Motor Inn Devonport 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 mins from the Spirit of Tasmania, 10 mins from the Devonport AirportAmple parkingFacilities; ALL 7 Days a week; Bistro, Breakfast, Cut Lunches, Bottleshop, Gaming Lounge Bar, TOTE, Keno, Guest Laundry, function facilities, kids playroom.Renovated rooms, queen size beds, freshly painted, Flat screen digital TV”s, Microwave & Toaster. ... more   less 
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