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Castle Motor Lodge
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Bowen
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Highly Recommend”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We drove into Bowen and this was the first place we saw. Carried on for a look around town and then came back to our first choice, Castle Motor Lodge. It looks great from the road and it didn't disappoint. Everybody we encountered were so friendly and helpful. We only stayed one night but would have been happy staying a lot longer. The pool, though we didn't get to use it, looked wonderful and very inviting. When the receptionist queried our breakfast plans and I said we had our own cereals with us, she brought plates and spoons over to our units for us to use which was most kind of her. We ate in their restaurant and the barmaid was absolutely amazing! She tended bar as well as taking meal orders and delivering the food and anything else one wanted. Earning her wage and more! Thoroughly recommend Castle Motor Lodge and would definitely stay again if we had the opportunity.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Cairns
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

I stayed at this Motor Inn twice this month as I was travelling for work, from Cairns to Mackay and back again. I regularly stay at this type of accomodation and the Castle Motor Lodge has the friendliest management, reception and restaurant staff I have ever encountered. As far as Motor Inns go the roooms are very tidy and clean. Both times the room had new split system air-con, brand new fridge and a nice big flat screen TV.
I appreciated the free Wi-fi and ample space to set up my laptop for work.
The restaurant serves good quality home-style meals ($20-$30 main) in either the main dining room, decorated in the castle theme complete with full suits of armour, or in a second dining area with a large TV. I imagine the 2nd dining room caters for solo business travellers and breakfast dining.
Parking was easy for me in a iLoad van and the pool area looked quite nice although I didn't use it.
In future, when travelling to Bowen I will ALWAYS stay at the Castle.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Bedford, Indiana, United States
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

Very friendly place to relax. Lovely room decor and very clean. Owners and staff were courteous and helpful about local and regional attractions. Lovely pool and garden area. Awesome food in onsite restaurant. Free laundry facilities!! Beautiful drive to area beaches and attractions.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2012

This motel was the 12th on our Australian holiday and my journal records "poorest motel so far".
The room was really gloomy and outdated although clean. The dining room was closed and we were told when we checked in that breakfast would not be a full menu because the staff had been given the day off. Breakfast was a poor meal with very limited choices.
The location of the motel is such that there is nowhere to eat dinner nearby so we walked (40 minutes) into town where only 2 places were open.
The town experienced a major powercut but fortunately the motel had an auxiliary generator.
As a postscript, we attempted to eat at Coyotes Saloon - we arrived at around 6.20pm and the board outside advertised dinner specials until 6.30pm. The waitress said we were too late and would not serve the special to us without a word of explanation or apology - we had a pleasant meal at the Pizza and Pasta place next door!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Atherton, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2012

We were travelling with intentions of staying in Airlie Beach - no rooms available anywhere. Went on to Bowen and found this little gem. The management staff were superb and could not do enough for us even though they were unwell. The restaurant provided good food and friendly professional staff catered well for a tired 7 year old. The rooms were neat, clean and spacious. Daughter was very excited to stay in a 'castle'. Liked the place so much we stayed on a second night and had a good look around Bowen (love Horseshoe bay). We now plan to return at a later date for an extended time.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2012 via mobile

Perfect for a stop over. Motel is very cute with its castle theme. Ask to check out the authentic chastity belt in the restaurant... Omg... So glad its 2012! The adorable managers and restaurant staff also offer very good service and food in the on-site restaurant. Good size room with ample parking space. Room was very clean even if the bathroom was dated, all else was good value. Will stay again on way back from Cairns as it was a very cute stop over after a hard days driving.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2012

This place is absolutely adorable.
Bowen is such a magical place- and this tiny little motor lodge is the perfect place to stay!
If you're after 5 star luxury (that admittedly I'm accoustemed to)- then firstly, stay away from
Bowen and secondly- you'll hate this place. If howeve you can let your standards drop just a tad & get in touch with a little bit of rustic/country AUS- then you'll love it.
The staff are absolutely charming. The rooms? Clean- basic- comfortable. I loved the little onsite restraunt.
It was perfect for a quick 1 night stay after 13 hours of driving & I certainly wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Property: Castle Motor Lodge
Address: 6 Don St, Bowen, Queensland 4805, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Bowen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Bowen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Castle Motor Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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