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“A little gem in Ballina”

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Ballina Palms Boutique Motel
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Ballina
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A little gem in Ballina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

This motel is rather like a pearl in an oyster shell - unprepossessing from the outside but when opened up a little gem. The rooms are spacious and well decorated with many touches representing the owner's personal preferences. The services provided are pretty standard but it is the care and attention to detail which makes it stand out from the pack. We stayed one night en route from Sydney to Brisbane and will certainly stay again when we are next in Ballina.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Tea Gardens, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Very helpful reception helped us book restaurant for dinner. Room was very good. Good facilities and excellent breakfast included. Would stay again. We hadn't pre booked but managed tobgetbin and paid around 110$ with breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

We chose this motel based on other trip advisor reviews and we were definitely not disappointed. Spotless, lovely decor and linen, soft pillows and very comfortable beds. The kitchenette is very well equipt with a microwave, small coffee plunger, sink, and stone bench tops. We would definitely stay here again!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

What a lovely motel! We stayed just one night and everything was perfect - clean, comfortable, lovely decor, quiet. A cut above any other motel we've stayed in at this price, so really good value. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

We have stayed here before so as we had to travel to Ballina again it made sense to stay at the Ballina Palms Inn again. Loved that it had a kitchenette and the room is spotless throughout, friendly hosts, even free WiFi that worked a treat. Just felt like going home again. Got a 10% discount as a member of The Golden Chain group.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bribie Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

This motel has been given a facelift - and it has worked! The rooms are fresh, immaculately clean and tastefully decorated with a touch of Bali. Loved the fully supplied kitchenette. We had extras such as large print clock, footrest in shower, soap and body wash, a magnified makeup mirror, free WiFi.......... In 2 minutes you are standing on the riverside and can enjoy a stroll along the walking track in the company of friendly locals. The surroundings are very quiet at night, so that you can enjoy a peaceful night of rest. The whole Ballina experience of cleanliness and friendliness has encouraged us to return soon Congratulations to Ballina Palms Motor Inn.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

As other reviewers have stated, this motel is 1970 brick outside but well refurbished inside.

Highlights:
- great shower with hot water and excellent water pressure
- very nice toiletries
- clearly a caring ethos as the toiletries and biscuits supplied support Australian charities
- crisp, white linen on comfy beds
- plunger coffee and very well equipped kitchenette
- friendly manager
- shutters which are attractive unlike the usual hospital style curtains :)

Why four stars and not five?
The passing traffic is noisy and for light sleepers, intrusive. It's the only downside to this motel but not a deal breaker.

Oh and for those of us who are myopic, the tv is too far away for comfortable viewing. Bigger screen, maybe?

Overall we had a lovely stay and recommended it to our parents.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ballina Palms Boutique Motel
Address: cnr Owen Street & Bentinck Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia (Formerly Ballina Palms Motor Inn)
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Ballina
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Ballina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballina Palms Boutique Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated by the river, surrounded by lush, tropical gardens, Ballina Palms Boutique Motel is close proximity to Ballina CBD and Ballina's beautiful beaches. Ballina Palms Boutique Motel is your private oasis in Ballina. Serene, spacious, stylish ground floor accommodation, Guest facilities and very reasonable rates, Ballina Palms Boutique Motel is the ideal choice for Business clients, family holidays or a romantic getaway with someone special. ... more   less 
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