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Reviewed 24 August 2010

We stayed one night, they had a Bratz tv, no hot water, the room was dirty and the bed was like sleeping on a rock. I've never had a more uncomfortable sleep. The neighbours, owners and staff were sitting outside our room on a balcony drinking and yelling until the earling hours in the morning.

The next day we found new accomodation and when we tried to move our bags out and pay for the night, the manager held our baggage hostage and tried to make us pay a $450 cancellation fee otherwise he said he would call the police and they'd put us in jail. We ended up giving him $300 and we went to see the Palau Visitors Authority who told us we shouldn't have paid, they ripped us off and the police would have helped us because all the locals know that their motel is crap but there was nothing we could do.

Very unhappy.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Rebecca065
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Reviewed 27 September 2009

We stayed there for over 2 weeks, we will return.
The staff is so pleasant. They greet you with a smile no matter what time of day or night. They offer laundry service which is a life saver. $3 a load. Their laundry service is way cheaper than the local laundry mat where you spend $2 for wash $2.75 for a dry. We really needed this because we have an infant. The staff was so helpful in heating bottles and washing her clothes frequently!!!
The Motel has internet in lobby which is faster than the internet cafes on the island and CHEAPER!
The Motel is very clean.
The Motel offers a very cheap monthly rate of $450.00. You would pay that in one week any where else in Palau.
Other hotels only take cash. DW takes credit cards.
This place even washes the comforters, not just the sheets.
In the heart of Koror, walking distance to hospital, grocery stores, Bem Ermii (local favorite burgers).
Close to sit down restaurants, close to running track, I would run to the school 2 blocks away and jog early mornings.
You can buy bentos (local made breakfast) for $250 at the Shell gas station down the street.
The only thing it lacks is a kitchen. Also the beds are Chinese ( i think) so they are hard. We travel with an airbed so we threw that over the bed. Other than those 2 small things the Motel is amazing.
We will take our Elilai there next year. They will be glad to see her.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank NONREVWORLDWIDE
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Reviewed 28 June 2006

My fiance and I stayed at the DW for about 6-7 days around New Year's 2006. We arrived around 8pm in Koror and were meant to stay at the North Beach Cottages our first night, but we were advised to stay in Koror and attempt the long, confusing drive through Babeldaob in the morning. They set us up at the DW for the night, and the family-run establishment was super-friendly to us, putting us in their largest room. Someone from the motel will pick you up and drive you to the airport. Car rental agencies will drop off and pick up your car at the motel.

After our 2-night stay at North Beach Cottages (which ended 1 day early due to booking confusion), we headed back to Koror to do some diving. We already booked at DW Motel, but showing up a day early, they had no problem and apologized that the biggest room wasn't available again, but would move us there the next day. The rooms are simple but comfortable, and we had plenty of space. The rooms we stayed in didn't have TVs, but the two-story motel has an open-air TV lounge with plenty of cable stations on the 2nd floor for guest use. We found it more than enough for our needs. The lounge also has coffee, tea, and water available. The bathrooms looked kind of like they were falling apart, but worked. We originally planned on spending a couple days in Peleliu, but changed our minds and stayed at the DW and did some more diving. We did our Open Water course and a Rock Islands kayak tour with Sam's Tours, who I highly recommend, by the way. They are professional, reputable, popular with American tourists, and we had a lot of fun at their Bottom Time bar after returning from a dive day. There was a problem with the credit card machine when we were leaving, so we had to go to the ATM and pay in cash.

The motel is within a 5-10 minute walk from a number of cafes and restaurants; you can get to most restaurants/shops in Koror within 15-20 mins. Take a taxi to Malakal or anywhere crossing a causeway is involved. It wasn't ever more than US$7.

Essentially, we were on a budget for our backpacking-ish 2-week trip, and the DW Motel was very appropriate for what we wanted. It seems that in Palau, hotels fall into the hundreds-of-dollars range, the $100 range, and the $50-60 range, with very little sub-$50. The DW fell into the $50-60 range, and I wouldn't need anything more.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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10  Thank hfjackson
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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