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Review of Lakeside Motel
1.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 Feb 2023via mobile
This filthy , gross old tired glorified backpackers relies solely on its location.
The staff, albeit friendly have no clue, nor do they seem to care.
Stayed reluctantly for 3 nights, never even had our rubbish bin emptied but considering the state of the unit it shouldn’t have surprised me but at $850 I expected at least that.
Mould and dirt everywhere. New beds that were comfortable, but lacked a mattress protector of any kind,kitchen was revolting and I showered with a towel on the floor!
No air con or fan in the room and as the balcony is communal you cannot leave a window open .
I told a staff member that the unit was filthy and he just nodded and smiled and said he would tell someone.
One of the lights on the balcony had exposed wiring( let’s just hope that when it rains, it’s one of the many things that doesn’t work)
Getting to your run down tired unit is a mission on its own . The 3 stars must be in their eyes as it’s nowhere else !
Date of stay: February 2023
Room Tip: Dont do it!
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 December 2022

After three trips around the block, in roadworks and one way traffic, we could not find the driveway. Finally, we walked - up a steep stairwell, under the scaffolding, to find an “apartment” no bigger than my bedroom. The bathroom door does not close, the toilet door does not close, the wardrobe door does not stay closed. No bedside tables, no dishwasher detergent, no dishcloth, no oven or laundry as promised. No parking onsite. No rail on the outside stairs. Three of four balcony lights do not work, and the one that does is accessed via the garage next door, which is supposedly off limits. Two of three interior light switches do nothing. A view of the lake is great if you can get between the scaffolding to see. The sound of the upstairs loo flushing makes it sound like you are at the seaside. On the plus side, internet access is free and it’s close to town.

Date of stay: December 2022
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Reviewed 17 November 2022

Omg! The only good thing I can say is that it was the last available room in town. Had I known how bad it would be I would have taken the money and bought a tent! Filthy dirty. The property is run by Indians ( from India) and I’m guessing their standard of clean is different over there because this is not even close to NZ’s.

Date of stay: November 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Beth E
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Reviewed 2 October 2022

Upon arrival at this acclaimed 3.5 star rated motel that looks like it should be available "per hour" rather then a nightly rate.
Dragging your suitcase down the exterior skinny pathway covered in torn shabby bird netting and dodging open windows with razor sharp corners you will enjoy getting smacked in the face by the over powering aroma of cheap air freshener used to disguise a smell that can only be described as 1000 sports socks after a marathon through a sewage pond.
First impression of the room is "suitable" but cramped. You can squeeze between the bed and table if your a skinny 5 year child. Keep your shoes on in the room or your feet will be black after walking on the carpet.
You will find mould EVERYWHERE!!!!! the walls and door have significant signs of water damage and are peeling and falling apart, the fridge was frozen up due to stuffed door seals.
You'll want to admire the amazing view of the lake by heading out onto the balcony, you'll share this experience with everyone else as its a shared balcony with 5 other rooms. There are no seats or tables so enjoy your view while standing.
If you want to leave windows open in an attempt to rid the room of the smell, don't leave any valuables as anyone can access the room.
The room is advertised as self contained, we had one plastic cup and one broken glass, very basic utensils and we had to clean everything before using it.
DONT count on getting a park if you have a vehicle, we were lucky to get one of only 10 parks available. They offer "free street parking" but you wont get a park within 2kms of the motel.
If you do manage to fall asleep with the serenading sounds of traffic outside your room, you'll be pleasantly woken with beams of bright light streaming into your room through the paper thin curtains from the flood lights used to illuminate the motel all night.
Our stay in September saw some very cold nights and we were grateful for the plug-in bar heater to prevent hyperthermia however, this was not safe to leave on when away from the room and added a nice "red light district" feel as the heater added to the illumination of the room.
My advice to anyone thinking of staying here.......DONT!!!
This would be suitable accommodation for $80 per night but not $200.
After staying here for two nights our family is now up to date with out tetanus shots.

Room tip: Just dont stay here
Date of stay: September 2022
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Thank Powerfish2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2022

Staff are amazing here, very helpful and accommodating when our flights were cancelled and then we got covid. We were able to extend our stay for a discounted rate.

We stayed in 2 types of rooms.

2 bedroom unit - good size living area, bathroom had been updated, kitchenette tiny but very functional.

Family studio - good size with 2 double beds, updated bathroom, kitchenette tiny and functional.

Views from all motel rooms of the lake.

Only criticism is that it is an old building and not completely watertight. Windows were wet every morning and some mould around the doorways. Hopefully this will be fixed in the future.

Date of stay: July 2022
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Thank bendalong
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Reviewed 3 July 2022 via mobile

Dirty microwave,dirty toaster ,dirty fridge ,no dishwasher.toilet door wouldn’t lock,bedroom door wouldn’t shut,paintwork on doors & cupboards was dirty,toilet roll holder was broken,dirt in the corner of the shower unit ,no heater or extractor in the bathroom& the balcony had green slime & old smoke butts on it .Come on !,, WE PAID $495 for this trash

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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