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Pathfinder Motel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Kew
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

If I was asked "where you would recommend staying, a bus shelter or the Pathfinder Motel"? Hands down the bus shelter everytime.

Checked in for 3 nights and during my stay have been moved to 4 different rooms. First room the tv didnt work, 2nd smelt like smoke and 3rd room I had to move out for someone else.

The lady at reception/manager was rude and of no assistance with any questions I had, and the rooms are very old and run down.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Planned to stay here for three nights but the room was dirty, small and very hot, the furnishings were old and unpleasant. We had checked whether there was air-conditioning as temperatures were in high 30s, there was a unit but it was very loud and had very little effect.
The standard was so poor we decided not to stay here, at $110 a night we expected something basic but clean. The desk was unattended when we arrived and the lady's English wasn't the best. She said because we were cancelling with less than 24 hours notice we'd be charged 10% of the first night ($11). We ended up being charged $55 on the wrong credit card. I had to call three times for a refund before the manager called me back.When I finally spoke to her she said they had 'made a mistake it should have been 50% of the first night not 10% and the hotel is 50 years old we should have come to check the standard before we booked' she was rude and refused to refund the difference even though it was their mistake. Terrible from start to finish.

We ended up at the Quest in Kew for $140 a night - 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, new, air-conditioned and clean with lovely staff, no comparison.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

I was comfortable in my room at the Pathfinder. As I wanted to stay in Kew, I found it good value. Plenty of parking. The decor is old but the room was clean airy and light with a/c. The breakfast was fine. My window faced north which I enjoyed for some winter warmth, and it was nice to open to a little balcony. Pool not inviting, but didn't concern me. By the photos, I thought it was nearer to shops to walk. tram out front. Did not notice traffic noise.

Room Tip: I wanted upstairs and I liked a north facing room.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

Don't expect a warm welcome here. The lady on reception who I suspect is the owner was impolite, unfriendly and unhelpful in her manner and response to my questions.. Rooms need new decor to make it worth the price. Can be nosy with traffic on the 2 busy adjoining roads.

  • Stayed March 2013
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2 Thank Boofnut
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Brisbane
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

First impression wasnt great. On a very busy street corner and the receptionist spoke little English & no friendly greeting. Reasonable sized motel block. Had 2 rooms, next to each other. Very dark, old & very dated. Beds were OK, not alot of cupboard space and very small bathroom in which you are unable to close the bathroom window.

Noisy old air conditioner, old phone, no internet & serious lack of power points. Small fridge in room along with toaster, cups & cutlery were dirty. House keeping were rude and unable to service room properly, due to time restriction, even though, there were only 5 or 6 of us in the whole motel.

Breakfast was served but only tea & toast - dont bother.

Only good thing about this motel was the 72 tram stop right outside, with excellent connections. We only stayed there as there was no other option in the area. Would not recommend this motel.

Room Tip: Dont stay here, go somewhere else.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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1 Thank FlightyGirl82
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Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

We stayed in a family room which was fairly spacious. The breakfast was quite good, but the friendly service is especially memorable. Spacious carpark also.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2010

The general impressiom we got of this establishment is that it has seen its best days. It is situated at the corner of 2 busy roads in Kew, which is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Our room was No. 5, a standard queen room with sofa bed.

Car parking is not allocated to rooms by number, and only 4 spaces are close to the rooms, half of which are on the first floor. You would need to enquire on booking, if this would be a difficulty. There is a pool, not in use, and a BBQ area.

The room was clean, and neatly presented. It had a bed with a mattress we thought was somewhat worn, restricted space for bags, and a noisy fridge. The balcony was a Juliet type with insufficient space for chairs or table. There was a breakfast table and sofa/divan inside.

The TV was an analogue type, now archaic, with terrible picture quality and 5 channels. The remote did not work unless we stood next to the TV set.

A/C was present although we did not use it, and a heater, which worked well. The bathroom was not large but was adequate. It had been retiled in a very rough and ready way, which made it look somewhat unattractive.

Breakfast was not offered to the room in our case, but was provided in the Motel restaurant. It was continental only, no hot food. At night this facility became a restaurant with an all-Asian menu.

Traffic noise would be a problem for light sleepers, but is held to a tolerable level with doors and windows closed and drapes drawn. There is a tram terminus a few steps away, and this means visitors can travel to the Melbourne CBD by tram or train and avoid parking charges.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pathfinder Motel

Property: Pathfinder Motel
Address: 380 Cotham Rd, Kew, Boroondara, Victoria 3101, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Boroondara > Kew
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Kew
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pathfinder Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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