River Esplanade Motel
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River Esplanade Motel

98 River Esp, Mooloolaba, Queensland 4557 Australia
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4.0
#3 of 3 motels in Mooloolaba
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
The River Esplanade Motel is a family-owned motel run by the Thompson family for almost 20 years. We specialize in quality accommodation at an affordable price. We are located in beautiful Mooloolaba which is only 1 hour north of Brisbane and are only 400m to the world famous Mooloolaba Beach making us a perfect destination for families, tourists and business travellers. We have 20 motel rooms and a 3 Bedroom Apartment, Outdoor swimming pool, shared kitchen facilities all set in amongst beautiful gardens.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Outdoor pool
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Ironing service
Paid wifi
Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Business

Location

98 River Esp, Mooloolaba, Queensland 4557 Australia
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 87 out of 100
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Sunshine Coast Airport
Brisbane Intl Airport
79.4 km
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carole b wrote a review Mar 2014
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
just got home late yesterday after spending 4 nights in this motel .We usually stay in high rise apartments , but are sick of the constant banging of doors and the lifts .this motel was lovely and quiet and no traffic noises we stayed in room 10 which was in the middleMotel is in a .great location one minute walk to the bowls club for great meals at fantastic prices 2 min walk to macca ,subway etc ,coles petrol station cpl doors down for cheap milk etc ,2min walk to river, did a spot of fishing , 5 min walk to ocean and board walk and shops... river cruise and underwater aquarium 4 mins walk. and bus stop at door of motel.Rooms spotless .The couple that run the place were friendly and most helpfull in all aspects of our stay ..highly recommend this place .
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Date of stay: March 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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allie848 wrote a review Feb 2014
Jönköping, Sweden
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Rooms were clean spacious and comfortable. This motel has a great location is near the beach, and restaurants along the esplanade. Free parking right next to the room was very appreciated. Owners were nice and helpful.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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redjasper wrote a review Feb 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The people who run this motel have obviously put a lot of work into making it a comfortable and reasonably priced place to stay. We stayed in a chalet-style room where we could park our car right outside. The room was simply furnished, including a tv, aircon and coffee-making facilities. The bathroom was modern and very clean. The motel itself is a short walk from the seafront where the shops and restaurants are located. The welcome we received was very helpful and friendly. I would stay here again!
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bellocchi wrote a review Apr 2016
Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Good parking, there was easy access from two roads and the motel s very affordable. Friendly enough service and was nice to get a card for the bowls club, and close location that we could walk to the beach comfortably.

The motel was affordable but many things led to what is ultimately a 2 dot review:
- upon arrival we found pubic hairs in the bed which was quite unpleasant.
- even more unpleasant was the smell off the bedding and pillows. It was like they had been left in the machine for far too long. I put my clothes over the pillow so I didn't have to smell it. We would have gone and asked for new bedding but we were only staying there to sleep so it wasn't too larger problem.
- the screen was broken on the window and you could fit your hand or and object through the security grate and if you tried you could unlock the door. This wouldn't be a huge problem except for the fact that the window did not clip shut properly so you could just push that open too.
- there was no smoke alarm in the unit, and when we told the manager he just responded with "oh we only replaced them recently, someone must have nicked them." ... Wouldn't you be cleaning out the apartments after every tenant and noticing these things?

We took photos of each thing too, and we have made an honest review. We hope this side of the motel we saw was an anomaly as others seem to have great experiences.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lach44 wrote a review Dec 2012
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I and my wife went into reception, looking to stay for one night, the 'boss' said we don't do on night on a weekend which was fine, I replied and said well we might stay two could we see the room, he replied and said no, said there's no problem just we can't look at it as we were 'apparently' buggering around, I said we are serious and would like to stay could we please see the room first.he said he's not interested we are not having the room yet he offered it to us before the conversation, we are very easy ppl with a good attitude we could not believe his attitude to us! Absolutely disgusted!
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Date of stay: December 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Heather D wrote a review Feb 2015
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the first smile i got of management, to the final smile when checking out, this was the perfect stay. Staff where friendly, helpful and a joy to converse with. The room was spacious, very clean and comfortable, everything we needed, including air conditioning and wifi. The pool looked very inviting, the kids spent a couple of hours in there. Its a refreshing example of what a Motel should be.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: I stayed in room 10, but they are all great rooms i'm sure.
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Response from RiversideEsplanade, Manager at River Esplanade Motel
Responded 19 Apr 2015
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review. We are happy to hear the kids got to enjoy the pool. We are lucky enough to always see such happy smiling faces around the place. Hope to see you again soon! :-)
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cheekydarky wrote a review Jan 2015
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I would never recommend this place to nobody. I no the saying of get what u pay for but i wouldnt let my dog stay here. There were dirty tissues under the bed, the blankets were dusty and ants all over the place. The tv didnt work and u could hardly move around the room. We payed for two nite but left after one to stay somewhere else. Very disappointed
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Date of stay: January 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from RiversideEsplanade, Manager at River Esplanade Motel
Responded 4 Feb 2015
PLEASE READERS! Take time to look at photos of our rooms and other prior reviews. These comments simply do not give a true indication of what our nice little motel has to offer. Our rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable and beautifully presented. Its quite disturbing such comments (that can be very harmful to a hard working business) can be made so flippantly. These guests may have been wanting a resort experience and were disgruntled once a refund was not offered due to our cancellation policies.
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13yelsel wrote a review Nov 2014
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just spent the one night here after going to mooloolabah for a friends birthday. We arrived after 6pm so the manager text me saying that he'd left the door unlocked with our key inside. The room was basic, which I was expecting. Very clean throughout , kettle and small fridge provided. In all cant fault the river esplanade and would stay again
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Date of stay: November 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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paulcc115 wrote a review Sept 2014
Tauranga, New Zealand
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Okay, Mooloolaba is expensive and you are looking at cut price accommodation, then look no further because this place is run on a shoe string and boy will you discover it. Clean enough (ish) but a real basic box of a featureless room and nothing more. Communal kitchen (need I say more) Bed firm (because they're cheap and last the course). One chair and table for sitting outside yet three bed unit, go figure. No attention to detail whatsoever just a money making machine. Reception staff member had the personality of the hotelier in the Pink Panther;
" I thought you said your dog did not bite?, (R) "that is not my dog"
All that said good location to the town centre. Parking not a problem.
I think you might get the gist of what we are getting at. Would we stay again, no thanks, we will sleep in the car.
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Date of stay: September 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All units seem the same.
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Luisa A wrote a review Feb 2014
Slough, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed over for a couple of nights while my boyfriend was working nights. Was a very comfortable room, nice comfy bed, good TV, clean bathroom with lovely shower and mini fridge. You can park outside your room and it was nice and quiet in the evenings and mornings. I felt save staying there all night on my own which isn't the case at some Motels.

The location is great, just a very short walk from the beach and shops and the underwater world. Staff seemed friendly although I didn't really speak to them much.

Would defo stay there again.
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Date of stay: February 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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walt31 asked a question Mar 2015
Perth, Australia48 contributions36 helpful votes
Breakfast????
Answer from DebT57
Kelowna, Canada87 contributions58 helpful votes
Are you kidding me? No!
petergreig1 wrote a tip Aug 2019
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay here"
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Lynn H wrote a tip Jan 2018
Doncaster, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid and go elsewhere"
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Clare S wrote a tip Dec 2016
Orange, Australia16 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"quiet off the street"
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Geoff333_13 wrote a tip Sept 2016
Cronulla, Australia394 contributions201 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Doesn't matter, all rooms are much the same with no view."
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Lock26 wrote a tip Jan 2016
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cheap, affordable, ideal location"
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Esplanade Motel
Which popular attractions are close to River Esplanade Motel?
Nearby attractions include SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (0.4 km), The Wharf Mooloolaba (0.4 km), and Boston Shaker Bar (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at River Esplanade Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at River Esplanade Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at River Esplanade Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to River Esplanade Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flo's Crêperie Mooloolaba, The Colombian Coffee Co, and See Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at River Esplanade Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is River Esplanade Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Mooloolaba.
Are there any historical sites close to River Esplanade Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ballarat (6.5 km).
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