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Flinders Motel
Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Wollongong
Wollongong, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Had a good stay”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

I found the managment very friendly and helpfull, room was clean and tidy. I was suprised that i didnt hear any traffic noise and the motel is a short walk to restaurants and clubs, the best thing as there is a thai restaurant on site. Thankyou for a enjoyable stay.
From cooma nsw

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

Myself and my wife stayed at the Flinders Motel on a recent weekend away to Wollongong. The rooms were an OK size but unmaintained and dirty. The shower hardly worked and the sheets were stained, gross. The photos on the website are professionally taken and adjusted, and not a real reflection of what they are actually like. We found the staff to be unpleasant and rude.

  • Stayed December 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2012

This place is situated on a busy main road between used car lots and the like. The entire place is very old, as are the jail cell-like rooms and amenities. Some room numbers are completely unmarked, forcing the guest to ask management where their room is even located after fruitlessly wandering around the premises. What is that all about!?

The female manager is extremely rude and has a serious lack of people skills too.

You can get a LOT better for your money!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2012 via mobile

We stayed here n a busy Saturday night and were in town to attend a function. We found the motel neat, clean and comfortable which is all that you want really for our type of visit. We were initially concerned with some noise from other customers when we arrived (loud talkers everywhere), however at night when it counted, it was quiet and easy to sleep.

Only I real criticism was the lack of ceiling fans in the bathroom so relied on open window to de-steam ashen shower operating. However is only a minor thing and can be expected with this type/age of building.

Overall was happy with our stay and would stay here again if we were back in town for a similar visit.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael P
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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

When you book a "single" do you expect to get a working man's quarters?? . I didn't and neither did my husband. I stayed at the Flinders as my husband was away and I needed to be out of our home in North Wollongong for a night while tiling was completed. I was very upset with the starkness and coldness of the room, much worse than my son's Campus Uni accommodation across the road at University House, North Wollongong??!! $80 was too much for this depressing single steel bed. :-(

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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1 Thank Cecilia R
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2711Keith, Manager at Flinders Motel, responded to this review, 9 March 2012
I hold very little credence in remarks made by guests when for some unknown reason they are not prepared to approach management during their stay to make mention of there concerns. The room allocated to you was the same room (Room 15) that was praised in this blog on 23rd January 2012.
"This only proves that one size does not fit all, and that the perception of one guest is different to another".
In regard to the student accommodation your son is enjoying during his stay in Wollongong this I understand is a new complex built with tax payers money, and of course would be of the highest standard, and with no expense spared.
Photos of our property can be viewed on our web page. These photo's clearly indicate the size of room (You booked a single room) as well as the style of bed in the room. Our rates are competative with other properties of "similar star rating" within the area. Our guests include Doctors, engineers, military , government employees, as well as students and, as you mention we even allow "working class".
Most guests stay at this property because it is a more affordable property to stay in. Our rates have not risen dramatically over the past 4 years, despite the upgrades that have occured, and continue to occur around the property.
Your rights to stay at an alternative property in Wollongong is your prerogative and would save you any embarasment should you return to this property.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I found this place clean, comfortable and in a great location - Everywhere in Wollongong is just minutes away.
I stayed in a single air-conditioned room. Everything in the room (carpet, microwave, desk, air con etc) looked newish. The bathroom was basic but clean. The staff where helpful and acknowledged my request of having a quiet room and I must say to be in the company the gentlemens dry British humour was rather refreshing!
There is a 24/7 gym that is 2 minutes walk from the place.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2011

First impression was of location - this motel is in the middle of half a dozen caryards, beside a very busy road. The motel is not coach friendly as we saw a group having to load and unload down the driveway, beside the road. As we entered the room and had a look around we saw a sticky stain from a cup left on a table. The bathroom basin had a surface of brown film, like scum. We were advised upon booking that bringing a toaster would not be suitable, as smoke detectors would go off. We took this into account and planned cereal for breakfast and while we did find bowls in our room, we could not find spoons. We were also informed that when taking a shower we had to open the louvre strip windows so as to prevent smoke alarms going off. The first few showers we were lucky - we had hot/warm water, but in the last 24 hours of our stay there was NO hot water. We couldn't wait to get home to a HOT shower. Our rooms were far from soundproof - we could hear movement in bathrooms and from the level below and beside. If we had not had early starts each day, I think we would have had a sleepless night. The final straw, I took my own towel as a spare and was using as a hand towel. It must be noted that my towel looked NOTHING like the standard towels provided by staff, and yet we returned the first day to find it gone. Time prevented a visit to reception, however I left a pleasant note requesting at LEAST a replacement but received no response whatsoever. I WILL NOT RETURN.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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2711Keith, Manager at Flinders Motel, responded to this review, 29 August 2011
We are unable to validate most of your complaints about this property. It is dissappointing that you did not contact the reception or talk to your group co-ordinator regarding your concerns while you were on site as we feel that we could have overcome most of them, with the exception of the hot water service that lost power due to an off site electrical sub-station blowing a fuse. It would have been impossible to relocate your party of 100 persons to an alternative hotel in town because of the sporting activities that took place in town over the weekend.
In regard to location, this property was built in the late 1950s and as such we are unable to relocate it to an area of your choice.
Our fire alarm system is governed by state laws and is there for the protection of all guests. The hotel is charged $500.00 for false call outs. This charge we pass on to guests, when they fail to follow our terms and conditions. If we allowed toasters in rooms we would need to relocate the local fire service to our premises.
Like many decisions in life we will accept your decision Never to Return to This Motel.
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Property: Flinders Motel
Address: 19 Flinders St, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Wollongong
Amenities:
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Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Wollongong
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Hotel Class:3 star — Flinders Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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