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Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Airlie Beach
Certificate of Excellence
McLaren Vale
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

We had a super room at this family run hotel in Airlie Beach. Large room, large bathroom, large balcony. Two beautiful swimming pools set in a delightful tropical garden completed a perfect picture for a relaxing stay. The food was excellent and there is a good wine list. We were glad that it was not right in the heart of the main drag, as things were a bit noisy there. It is only 5 -10 minutes walk to the centre of town, so very easy. Bernie and John, our hosts, were terrific. We highly recommend Colonial Palms, and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ipswich, Australia
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

We stayed in early July for a night. John and Bernie made us feel very welcome. The room, the staff, the service, the location and the view were fantastic. The meal we had at night was excellent and the breakfast which is included in your room rate was excellent too. Very good value for money, and would highly recommend The Colonial Palms Motor Inn to all. With friendly welcoming staff, clean and comfortable rooms, car parking outside room and restaurant onsite, with location and views and not that far from town, and reasonably quiet, it is a perfect place to stay

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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cairns
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

i would like to thank the staff especially Bernie for their fantastic service while staying at your hotel. My dad and I relaxed , had a fantastic meal while stopping over for the night to continue on with our travels . The rooms were peasant , clean and the view was awesome . We will be going back to stay there when we are ever in airlie beach again . Keep up the good service it was noticed and will be recomended to friends and family . Thanks again natalie H

Room Tip: The rooms were airy , clean and the view from the balcony fantastic
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 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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Thank cairnsnat
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

Our stay here was excellent. Great breakfasts included in rate and very helpful and friendly staff. Internet worked very well. Room serviced everyday. Within walking distance to town and all facilities. Lovely swimming pool. We're able to park car under cover outside our room. We enjoyed out time here very much and highly recommend it. Glenn

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Nice rooms, good location, very considerate hosts. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this Inn. The staff were especially friendly and the standard of the accommodation was consistently good. Nice room, good food etc. No complaints with this one!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

We stayed one night on the way to Cairns,friendly staff and management ,room was modern and very clean and views of water and pool and one of the most comfortable beds we had slept in on our travels.Continental breakfast is a must,and hassle free parking provided.We a;lways book accomodation from reviews on trip advisor and were pleased that we were not disappointed .Would be hard to find better ,recommended to all travellers.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

Continuing our journey from Cairns to Brisbane, Airlie Beach was a must-do destination. The Bruce Highway took us through Bowen, which I remember had quite a reputation back in the 60/70s, but they've all grown up and gone fishing. When we finally pitched up at Airlie, it seemed in the middle of a building-site, the main throughfare all dug up, we felt a sense of foreboding............we need not have worried. My wife and I were impressed by the general standards of accomodation wherever our travels took us throughout Australia, with large well-appointed rooms and big, comfy beds, often at a value price, which contrasted with the overall costs generally throughout this wonderful but expensive country. This hotel/motor inn was no exception. It was outstanding and simply the best we've come across. It is difficult to encapsulate in a few words, but from the effusive welcome we received from John, the owner, to the heavenly food prepared by his partner, Bridget, and all the little touches provided by the managing team of John's charming daughter, Phoebe and her helpful husband, Bernie, made this a very special place. John seems to enjoy his wine, as any good Queenslander would, and he shared his knowledge and his very good cellar with usmost liberally. On retiring to our ground floor room, we sank gratefully into the biggest and best dressed bed we had encountered, and slept like babies. The following morning, we were called to make an early start as John had arranged a 3 islands boat trip for us, but he had also thoughtfully arranged a full menu breakfast which was superb, setting us up for the day. The Colonial Palms has recently left Best Western group, affording John and Bridget the opportunity to remodel the whole interior. It has an elegant, cool and sophisticated feel. If you get the chance try to eat at this Inn as Bridget, a former winner of Australia's top catering prize, will discuss any menu of your choice, and serve up some of the best food you will ever experience anywhere, except on Sunday evening as we found to our cost. Enjoy!

Room Tip: All the rooms seem to enjoy the same high standards
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Colonial Palms Motor Inn

Property: Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Address: 2 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Airlie Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Airlie Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Colonial Palms Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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Also Known As:
Best Western Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach Best Western
Colonial Palms Motor Inn Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

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