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“dated and overrated”
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Bell Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Preston
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cheshire
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“dated and overrated”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Probably better to pay a bit more and get something quite a bit better. Room was noisy (those facing a busy road). Should have got an hour free of internet use, but receptionist wasn't interested when I explained that there were connection problems.

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Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I stayed at the motel with my husband and found it to be a lovely place. The welcome when we arrived was great and check-in was very straight forward. Our room was towards the back of the motel and very comfortable, clean and quiet. The bed was advertised as a queen, but when we arrived it was a very new king sized. The in-room information pack was one of the best I have seen, with great information on everything that you could possibly need. I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Any of the rooms towards the back of the motel are very quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Marie S
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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727 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We spent 1 night here about a fortnight ago while holidaying in Melbourne. As it was AFL finals weekend, there was little available. The one room that was available was a little dark and slightly dated décor, but that was well and truly made up for with the lovely welcoming lady in the office. She knew a bit of NZ so was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Room was nice and quiet, no road noise. Heater a little noisy tho, (older style). Great to have a continental breakfast the following morning. Good range of cereals and breads available to toast. Loved the raisin bread. Would stay again if in this area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Strickes
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Sunshine Coast
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7 reviews
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Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for one night. Felt like we were in the country with the service. Lovely people, lovely room and the fantastic complimentary breakfast was an excellent bonus for us. Would highly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank 360Barb
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Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

In a time of boutique Accommodation, we discovered this gem. Old fashioned, clean, quite, friendly, terrific.
Excellent prices. Did I say quite.
Great bed. A shower that I didn't want to leave.
Please take my advice. Stay there.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Robert N
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I found myself looking for a room in Melbourne for nights inclusive and either side of the recent Liverpool match at the MCG. I almost nearly but didn't quite have heart failure when I saw the rates around town, but then saw the Bell Motor Inn, and knowing Melbourne a bit, knew it wasn't too far from everywhere, so booked it. Really reasonable rates for the overall experience. The hosts were top of the pile for information, friendliness and have an obvious passion for their profession. The room was very large, the Bed was a Brand new King and the only problem with it was that I couldn't fit it in my suitcase. Brilliant sleep! Stayed an extra night and rearranged my schedule to get an extra nights good sleep in fact!

So in summing up I would be straight in at the Bell again especially as I had the Car and it more than provided what I was requiring! 5*****

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Thank its73
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Sydney, Australia
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The property is marketed as a country style motel and it certainly is. Not glitzy like the Rydges Bell City across the road but pleasant, friendly, helpful and just plain nice. It is family owned and run and the people really do care if you are happy and comfortable. This is the sort of place we all love when visiting regional Australia.
The rooms are pleasant and if you want quiet they can give you a very quiet room. There are no elevators as there is only two stories and they do have handicap support equipped rooms.
It has all the things you might need for a stay of a week or so like microwave, fridge etc. as well as very comfortable beds, digital TV and DVD as well as air conditioning.
There is a pool for summer use and there is lots of parking which is free.
They have rooms with spa for the love-birds or those that just want to relax, yeah right.
The location is less than 10 minutes by road from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and probably 30 - 40 minutes from downtown Melbourne by tram.
It is close to the Austin Hospital and La Trobe University. Preston is a northern, light industrial suburb with a number of good pubs and reasonable restaurants nearby.

Room Tip: It is almost on a very busy street but they have lots of quiet rooms if you ask for one.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Tim K
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Additional Information about Bell Motel

Property: Bell Motel
Address: | Cnr Patterson & Bell Streets, Preston, Darebin, Victoria 3072, Australia (Formerly Golden Chain Bell Motor Inn)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Darebin > Preston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Preston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bell Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for Melbourne accommodation in a great location?At the Bell Motel, you are perfectly situated to explore and experience the delights of Melbourne. Conveniently located in Preston and only 20 minutes to Melbourne's CBD and Tullamarine Airport, 10 minutes to the Ring Road and Eastlink and close to a direct train route to the MCG, Etihad Stadium and Melbourne's Tennis Centre, the Bell Motel is ideally situated to meet the needs of both corporate and leisure travellers. The motel is located close to the Mercy, Austin, Heidelberg Repatriation and Warringal hospitals. Direct public transport to hospitals is nearby. We are also situated close to the Darebin International sporting complex. The Bell Motel offers true country charm close to the heart of the city. The motel has 33 rooms, including spa suites, which are well appointed and provide comfortable, secure and affordable accommodation.Free continental breakfast is also included. Our conference room can seat up to 30 people and provides excellent facilities for your next business meeting. Take a dip in our outdoor pool or chill out in our landscaped BBQ area - perfect for the busy executive or weary traveller. Access to the metropolitan and western ring roads is close by and tram, rail and bus networks are only a short walk away. We aim to provide a clean, safe and comfortable experience without being in a crowded environment. ... more   less 
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