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Abacus Motel
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Mount Isa
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

Stayed overnight after attending a wedding function held at the Motel.
What can I say! Everything was perfect! Food was awesome, atmosphere welcoming & very friendly, rooms well appointed, clean and very comfortable. Surprisingly no noise from the adjacent highway. We felt very comfortable and relaxed here and will definitely recommend A++

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

I am a solo, female travelling around Aus and I found Shane and Melissa to be fantastic hosts, going that extra mile by dropping me into town and letting me hang out after I had checked out and was waiting for my bus. I would definitely stay here again. Meals in the restaurant were delicious and whilst there were a few miners staying here also, they didn't bother me and stopped yacking about 10.30pm at night so I was able to get a decent night's sleep in a comfy and clean room.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra ACT
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205 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

We have just returned from a four night stay in Mt Isa and after searching through the recent trip advisor reviews we picked the Abacus Motel as our place to stay.

The motel has relatively new owners so you can now safely discard the previous bad reviews, as Shane and Melissa (who arrived in September 2013) have made what was obviously a poorly run establishment into a warm and family friendly place to stay.

The motel is 3.5 kilometres from the main shopping centre so transport is required as there is no local bus service. Expect to pay around $15 or more if you have to get a taxi into the town.

Its located on the highway and there is a little road noise but certainly not enough to disturb you, so that should not put you off. Its oldish but no more than most of the other places in Mt Isa. Its doesn't have a great deal of street appeal as you drive in as Mt Isa is a dry and dusty town and the area surrounding the motel reflects this because water is precious.

We had booked a family room but it was double booked on our first night and we were given two adjoining rooms for $10 more and a promise we could have the family room the following night. However, the two room set up was comfortable and ideal for us as we had a 15 month old toddler with us.

Melissa set us up with a toaster and crockery and knives and forks, spoons etc so we could do our own breakfast in the room. There is a restaurant serving breakfast and it can also be delived to your room if you wish. The restaurant has a decent menu with prices hovering around the $30 mark for mains for dining at night.

The place has a small pool to cool off in and it was clean. Its probably more popular with kids than adults because of its size.

The split system air con in the room was excellent with no rattles or other noises. The is also a ceiling fan. There is a small fridge and a jug in the room with free tea and coffee.There are extra blankets and pillows in the room if needed and you can park right outside you room with undercover parking.

There is a large tv in the room with Austar channels, so you can usually find something reasonable to watch. An iron and ironing board is also supplied which is handy.

There is a guest laundry and a large washing machine which takes five one dollar coins. The dryer costs $4 and will handle a big load.

Our room had a queen sized bed and a single bed. Both were comfortable and not hard or lumpy like some places we have stayed at before.

Mt Isa is a largish mining town of 20 thousand plus population and incomes are generally pretty high so this is reflected in the price you have to pay for accommodation and food etc. What you may pay $ 90 for in similar motels in the better populated areas of Australia will cost you $150 plus in Mt Isa. So there are no bargains as such.

We paid $175 a night for our two rooms. if we had chosen the family room with a kitchenette, a queen sized bed and 3 bunk beds it would have cost us $165. Expect to pay more in many other places that are a bit closer to the shopping centre.

On the basis that this place is probably around the 3 star mark I would give it an overall rating of 7/10. Its clean and I would stay again.The new owners are helpful and friendly. We enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the road- We had rooms 11 and 12 which were fine. Room 1 is closest to the...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

My first ever time in Mt Isa and who can complain when the hotelier lends you his very own car to pop into town to go the information centre! Great service, super friendly staff. I'll stay here again just to support this kind, local family

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013 via mobile

For $163 per night for a family room for 5, this was a great little find. Management were helpful.
Bunks 2 on bottom 1 on top and a double bed. Kitchenette, outside courtyard and very clean. We stated in early April and very quiet.
It's on the left as you drive into town from NT and a couple of km from down town.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tfgclub
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Mena Creek, Queensland, Australia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Abacus when driving through Mt Isa on our holiday road trip. We were really impressed with the new managers. They were so friendly and helpful. The rooms were good and we had an awesome feed at the restaurant - I forget what they called their chicken specialty dish but it was so yum! I'll definitely be recommending this place to my rellies, friends and neighbours if they're out that way!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Glenda V
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

I have recently come back from a 2 month stint and stayed at the Abacus.I was up there on business and brought a crew of 5 with me we were about to leave until the new owners arrived. They have been wonderful and very helpful to myself and the others dropping us off at the airport and picking us up when needed. Rooms were clean and tidy and meals were really nice from the restuarant. They are really friendly and very helpful.I will be back in the new year for work and will diffinately be staying there and recommend them to others. And as for comment of miners not liking things clean and tidy and all we do is drink (get tanked!!!) is aload of rubbish we arent miners we were in our rooms by 10pm and there was no sign at the gate saying that we werent aloud to talk. If its not up to your standard dont come to mount Isa, it is a mining town and the best accommadation you will find up here.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Abacus Motel
Address: 163 Barkly Highway, Mount Isa, Queensland 4825, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Mount Isa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Mount Isa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Abacus Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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