"better than it looks - a good place to stay"
It looked pretty down at heel when we booked in but the room was quite good and the service terrific + the chinese restaurant which was part of the hotel delivered a good dinner to our room. Would definitely stay there again - a pleasant surpriseGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Chinese buffet for the elderly"
05/27/14 BronwynU Melbourne, Australia
We took a group of 30 elderly folk for a chinese buffet lunch. For $19.50 there were 4 entree choices, fried rice, 3 noodle dishes and about 12 different main meal choices. The folk could come back to the buffet as many times as they wanted and the food was cooked fresh and piping hot. As soon as one dish was low in the tray, there was another batch to top it up. The food was lovely and our folk were very happy. The owners and staff were friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. The outside of the building could use a bit of a spruce up, but we were there for the food and it was great. Highly recommend this for group outings.
05/20/14 Bigjules53 Portarlington
I stayed at the Econon Lodge last night and the staff were very friednly and helpful, but I was nearly gagging with the residual cigarette smell in the room. I'm not suggesting that anyone has smoked in the room recently, but rather that it may be in the furnishings. The tissue box was empty (surely that's easy for house-keeping to see), but the Chinese food was very pleasant.
"Excellent Chinese food"
04/15/14 646RichardP Adelaide
Wow, what excellent Chinese food. Top quality, very good value for money, very quick service and friendly staff. Relatives have stayed in the motel for five days and were very happy with the guest rooms and also the restaurant. And other family members regularly buy takeaway food from the restaurant.
02/22/14 Russell H Portland, Australia
This is apparently the first review since the refurbishment. Our room was quite large and had new carpet, drapes and a king size bed. The bathroom was completely re-tiled but the original spa bath was left and looked totally out of place. Despite the claim of double glazing the internal glaze was Perspex, not glass and this left the noise from the railway and highway to still come through quite noticeably. Room rates have been hiked [ our was $125 per night ] probably to recoup costs of refurb. It certainly did not warrant the price. Occupancy was really low on the Friday and fractionally better last night [Sat } Would find it hard to recommend yet.
"Move along, there are better hotels in town."
11/09/13 Curfew156 Melbourne, Australia
I recently stayed here on a business trip to the area for 1 night. I did not do the booking and would never have chosen this motel if I had. This motel is right on the Western Highway and the trucks and trains keep you awake all night. I am told (subsequently) the busiest days on the highway are Tuesdays and Thursday nights and I was there on a Thursday night. The room I stayed in was VERY close to the Highway. It had a king size bed which was surprisingly comfortable. The rooms are very basic and outdated. This motel is in desperate need of a renovation. The inside walls of the room are exposed brick. In the morning I ate in their restaurant area. (I am told they do great Chinese food). I sat down and was asked if I wanted breakfast. I said "yes". The person then disappeared and 10mins later they reappeared with bacon and eggs and white toast for me. Was very funny. In short I would certainly not choose to stay here again. There are a number of hotels more central in the town and away from the highway which I would choose in future. I asked the staff how business was and they said they were often full.....they went on to stay that many of their guests stay when visiting people at the local prison. Lovely. I am aware that the prison is expanding, so it is likely that workmen also stay there etc.
"Happy and look forward to my every weekend :-)"
10/22/13 LadibugFrancis Ballarat
I come across this hotel after staying somewhere else a few times (happy with previous motel also) but wanted something bit more "country"... Have stayed here now for past 2 or so months every weekend (Friday/Saturday)... The 3 different rooms ive stayed in have been extremly comfortable... Yes some minor things are not 100% eg: heater tad noisey... But traffic bearly heard Staff friendly and helpful any chance they can be... Looking forward to my stay over next couple months :-) Thanks guys see u on weekend :-)
"Beautiful all round"
10/19/13 BEC-n-E Ballarat, Australia
The title sumerises everything The staff very very helpful and so friendly The cleanliness well that is the cleanest motel and restaurant we have stayed at Location love seeing the train go past specially laying there of a night reminds me of home Room was beautifuly clean and the beds comfy. The staff were more than happy to help when something was needed. They also let our old dog stay with us... and encoraged him to play Would recomend to all friends and family Very very pleased and will c you again next time thanks again
10/01/13 Belinda B Melbourne, Australia
We stayed overnight and thank goodness it was only one night. I have stayed in other budget hotels with great success however in this hotels case it was not a success. The bed was absolutely horrible. I think it was as old as the hotel itself. I had to get the blanket out and double it over twice to sleep on just so I wouldn't have to feel the springs as I slept. No one offered wifi to us and it was only upon leaving that we realised we could of had free wifi. The showers went from hot to cold to warm. The only good thing is that I couldn't hear the traffic from the highway.
09/15/13 Paul S Mount Barker, South Australia, Australia
I recently stayed here for 3 nights and found the room to be generally tidy & comfortable. Although it is located near the Western Hwy, the passing trucks and other traffic did not affect me. It is close to the city centre of Ararat. The bed was comfortable. However the batteries in the wall heater did not work. Although it stated there was a coffee maker in the room, I never saw it. There was a very musty smell in the room. I think the bathroom may have recently been painted and it may have been from that. There were some stains on the carpet which were a bit off-putting & the room was only made up once during my stay. But overall, the room was comfortable & I would recommend.
"Friendly & Helpful"
08/06/13 IanP409 Paynesville, Australia
The two words say it all, from the moment we arrived we were greeted with a real smile, rooms comfortable & warm, showers were hot and rooms very clean. Dining at the in house restaurant was good some more training of front house staff would be good should also increase sales. Management help with WiFi connection and it wasn't a problem even came to the room to check if all was OK. Great time. Great place. Will stay again.
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