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Blue Dolphin Motel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Nambucca Heads
Reviewed January 25, 2012

Stayed here 1 night coming back to Sydney from QLD - all other hotels fully booked. The hotel needs MAJOR renovations, repairs and should be inspected to see how it measures up to health and safety regulations (poorly I would think). It was very run down, the pool didn't look usable, the foyer was full of old box TVs and kettles etc. Rubbish was piled up and overflowing in the carpark area. In the morning linen from some rooms was thrown down a external staircase to the dirty pool area. It was still there when we left.The room was smelly and musty with the noisiest air conditioner situated right next to the head end of the bed so that it blasted whoever was on that side of the bed. The electricals looked dangerous and the chairs in the room were plastic chairs from outside and were very dirty. Cups had a good coating of dust, Bathroom had mildew, a shelf that was broken and there was a large hole in the wall with what looked like a motor wedged in absolutely covered in rust and dirt (Exhaust fan???), The tariff was expensive and service poor. Manager (or owner?) seemed totally disinterested.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank MamaDrazzie
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

this motel is very old and tired; room was clean but carpet had stained. there were bags of rubbish in the car park the two days we stayed and an old matress; this was unsightly. there are certainly newer and better places to stay but if you are stuck like we were (the other places were fully booked at Christmas) it would be ok for a night as long as dont expect much more than a somewhat clean room, an old style tv and a truely amazing view of the river and ocean.
room had a microwave but limited utensils.
the pool is now filled and working BTW but much nicer to walk to the river for a swim.

Room Tip: the family rooms have a double in a seperate walled off area if this is important to you. avoid if y...
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank aussiebasejumper
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

I booked online to stay here when we came to Nambucca for a birthday party. It looked really good, but it was a real disappointment. Very run down,pool out of order, no phone or airconditioning(even though it was advertised as having these). It didn't have flyscreens on windows or doors & when we got back at night we were greeted with cockroaches running across the floor. It certainly was expensive for what we got. We wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank kerry k
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

My sister & I stayed here on the way home to Qld from Newcastle. Very expensive for what we got. Didn't leave till 9.45am next morning & cleaner was sitting there waiting for us to leave. Hot water took a good 5 minutes to come thru. Single bed extremely uncomfortable. We should have spent that extra time to travel to Coffs.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank JaniceQld
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

We found this place in the RACV guide. The manageress was very friendly and helpful even getting us a discount at a local restaurant. The view of the "heads" outside our window was spectacular. The room itself .was very basic but nonethe lless comfortable and only cost $125 for 3 adults and a child. The motel is being modified over winter but I can't complain for an overnight trip.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank safitz
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

Website for this motel is definitely not what you find when you get there. We thought we would stay in Nambucca Heads on our way back to Sydney from Queensland for 2 nights. This is the most appalling motel we have ever stayed at. Has not seen a coat of paint or a renovation in what looks like 50 years, even though we had been told they had just done a major renovation. No screens on the windows or sliding door and the screen in the bathroom had a hole the size of a football in it. Cockroaches the size of 50 cent pieces had made themselves at home. Storm during the night, so there was a pool of water in the room even though the door was locked all night and the bed closest to the door was wet. For health reasons the Council shoud either have his motel bulldozed or owners made to renovate. We were charged $145 a night this motel not even worth $20 a night. Needless to say we checked out the next morning ONE NIGHT WAS BAD ENOUGH.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank cutey255060
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

This place was quite expensive ($115) and the quality of the room was TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE.......Decore looks as though it hasn't been touched in at least 25 years, carpet was a horrible orange/brown colour. Ants all thru the bathroom, bathroom sink was falling away from the vanity (at least a 2cm gap). Super-thin and hard toilet paper. 30cm TV that didn't even work! Extension cords pinned to the walls to power a ceiling fan in the other room, had a swimming pool but didn't look usable - there was a thick layer of sand and dirt at the bottom of the pool.........and the list goes on. Sorry, but I lay awake most of the night to scared to move in the bed. Thought there was bed bugs too - I was itchy all night!!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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4  Thank dyertrio
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Address: Fraser Street, Nambucca Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Nambucca Heads
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Nambucca Heads
Number of rooms: 20

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