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Runaway Bay Motor Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Reviewed 26 December 2017

We last stayed here back in 2009 where I reviewed it and it's misgivings then.
I am surprised to note that the motel was refurbished this year. Unfortunately apart from a coat of paint and a new Air conditioner I couldn't see much improvement. The kitchen area is just plain grotty. The dirt ingrained around the sink edges where they meet the laminate was disgusting. You can't control the a/c, they don't supply the remote. The courtyard area light didn't work.
I agree with others that the smell which assaults you as soon as you open the door is very off putting. Again no Foxtel, no wifi etc. make this a poor choice. I believe there's better around if you're not fussy on location.
We won't be back but I sincerely hope this place gets cleaned up for the sake of other guests.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

On a short stay here was very dissappointed.
NO FOXTEL... everyone has Foxtel these days!!!
WIFI ... very expensive and doesn't work that well, again dissappointed. Most places have free WIFI, THIS ONE DOES NOT....
We were upstairs, spacious room but so outdated.
On driving into this motel the large room on the left, maybe an old restaurant or similar, was full of old beds, maybe with the tinted glass you are not supposed to see this, but we could, so am sure others can, not the best look for first impressions.
An old motel that desperately needs updating. Would not stay here again and would not reccommend.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Patricia L, Manager at Runaway Bay Motor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank-you for your review. We are obviously very disappointed that your recent stay with us was less than perfect. We wish to advise that at the time of your stay the motel was in the early stages of a refurbishment programme, hence the reason for the old beds being stored in our non-operational restaurant area out of the weather. These beds were being donated and awaiting collection by a charity organisation called "Lifeline" who provide support to any Australian person who has fallen on hard times such as the homeless. We have also noted your comments regarding Foxtel & Free Wifi. We appreciate your feedback and these will be forwarded onto the appropriate person within our organisation for further review.

Kind Regards,

Miss Trish Lindsay.
Manager.

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Reviewed 20 January 2017

We travelled in January given the time of year it was extremely humid, we had an upstairs room, the split system is locked on a certain temperature and fan speed, one day there it took 31/2 hours for our room to cool, so we were beside ourselves !
The main part of the room was clean , bit tired and dated, but ok, the shower wasn't clean in the corners, looked like it had maybe just been mopped over, bit yuk!

We were there in peak period but we thought it was a bit pricey for what it was.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

We stayed here four days in the executive suite (with King Bed and spa)
Although the decor is outdated (90's era) it is still very clean and the spa luxurious (large for 2 big people). Kitchen size is good and has microwave and good cooktop. Only issue found was there were not a great variety of frypans (one small one) to cook with if needed.
Air-con worked well which was a plus during the heat wave we found ourselves in. Bed comfortable and plenty cupboard/drawer space for clothes etc.
Shower very roomy and has two shower heads (though very close together).
Close to everything, short drive to Harbourtown shopping, food places, sancutary and hope island and dreamworld etc.
Only drawback is that reception closes at 7pm. So no checking in late, effectively makes it booked out after 7pm. Also they have in-house movies (though not recent releases) that is on a shared channel for all rooms, first come-first served...however you need to book BEFORE 7pm otherwise you have no free movie or are forced to watch someone else's choice.
The executive suite is a little more private though you may near the neighbours comings and goings from the bedroom section.

Other than that we found it pleasant, quiet and will definitely stay here again when we next visit the family.

Room Tip: For king size beds, go the executive suite
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Patricia L, Manager at Runaway Bay Motor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2016

Dear Rob & Eva

Thank-you for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay at our motel.

We appreciate your comments (several of which we have taken on board) and are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our establishment in the near future.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

The staff are very friendly and helpful, the rooms are large, clean and well presented and the grounds are lovely and include a beautiful, large goldfish pond. Staying there reminded me of family holidays I took as a child. It's very close to Harbourtown for the retail-minded, in a very pretty part of the Gold Coast, and pleasantly quiet while being a short drive from the centre of everything. There was just something about the place, too, that brought back memories of pleasant stays in Motels on long driving trips with my Mum and Dad when I was a kid in the late seventies. It is well worth a look for anyone looking at a family holiday.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Patricia L, Manager at Runaway Bay Motor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2016

Thank-you for taking the time to write a review on your family's recent stay with us at the Runaway Bay Motor Inn, your feed-back is very much appreciated. We are pleased to hear that your family had an enjoyable stay at our establishment and I particularly enjoyed reading your comments on how it brought back memories of your own childhood family holidays.

Once again, thank-you for your comments and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you and your family back to the Runaway Bay Motor Inn in the near future.

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Additional Information about Runaway Bay Motor Inn

Address: 429 Oxley Dr, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Runaway Bay
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Price Range: RM 413 - RM 829 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Runaway Bay Motor Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 41
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