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“Another stay, another fantastic experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Golden Sands Motor Inn
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Forster
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, Australia
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Another stay, another fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

I had occasion to stay at the Golden Sands again last week. The standard of the establishment is exemplary, yes, it's a 3 Star location, and yet the comfort is well beyond that level. The support and help of the Managers John and Dawn, and their two boys Jack and Michael, makes this a stay with 'family' not a 'motel' experience. It's awesome, and the best place to stay along the entire coast.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank bazcelt
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

Fantastic value, very comfortable & clean. Reception is very helpful, my boys truly felt at home. Beautiful location easy access to the mall, restaurants, lake & beach!
Highly recommend for family holiday.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ReneeKSydney
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012 via mobile

I was fooled by the number one rating on Trip Advisor! Lesson learnt.
The motel room we were given was not cheap, it should have been though. $60 would be a reasonable price and we paid more than double that.
The room smells old and musty, the lounge is dirty, the quilt and blanket on the bed have not been laundered in quite a while. The bed sheets are clean. Sleeping in the car is a much better option.
The shower is dirty and mouldy, under no circumstances would I shower in it.
There is a sign in the room saying no cooking and no fish products. Well, the smell of fish would be preferable to old and dirty.
The manager and his wife (?) appear quite pleasant and I'm sorry to post this review but seriously the place desperately needs a serious refurbishment and I don't want anyone else misled by good reviews.
I would never stay at the Golden Sands again or recommend it to anyone else unless you don't give a damn where you stay.

Stayed April 2012
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2 Thank Jenny W
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motorinn1, Manager at Golden Sands Motor Inn, responded to this review, 14 April 2012
We as managers of the Golden Sands Motor Inn feel this is an unjust review. We are hands on managers. Everyday we are in the rooms making beds, cleaning and doing maintenance. We realise we are an older style motel but we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our rooms. As well as obviously sanitising every shower after each guest my wife regularly domestos' every shower to combat any mould growth. I am in charge of washing blankets and bedspreads and as this guest was in a room with a lounge, it narrows it down to five rooms and as with all our rooms I know the blankets and bedspreads have been laundered recently. The date the guest stayed and payed $120 per night was over the Easter weekend and was a reasonable price in Forster for a three star motel. Normally this premium, large room is between $85 and$95. If the room was as bad as the guest descibes I wonder why the guest did not come and see us as on site manangers immediately. I believe all businesses should be open to honest criticism.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

We stayed here in the January holidays, we were able to get a room without a prior booking, however we were disappointed. Great position, but the rooms and decor severely need updating. Itchy sheets, smelly rooms. Smelt like cigarette smoke and mildew. Will not return, will not recommend.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NewieWanderer
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Sin City
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20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Stayed in a premium room with1 queen & 1 single; reasonable sized room with table &chairs, including a sofa bed. Very well equipped kitchenette, crockery, cutleries, toaster, microwave & sink. Large HDTV w selected au star channels. Immaculate, v clean room. Almost beach front, 1 steet behind only, 2min walk! And 2min walk to Forster town centre & wallis lake; top location! All this for <$120/night, very good value, highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank KEE2
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Tamworth
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36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

We have stayed here twice once over the christmas period and the other for work. Very clean comfortable nothing fancy. Great location, pool, bbq area. Staff extremely accommdating. Very pleasant.

Room Tip: I've had room 13 with the family and room 5 alone for business both good
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travellingcircus08
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San Diego, California
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

We were first time visitors to Australia traveling without any prior reservations. We stopped into the Golden Sands for one night, and enjoyed our stay so much that we extended it. It is an older property, perfectly maintained. The hosts/owners were wonderful. The location was excellent, whether for the local tourist office, shopping or numerous restauarants. After two weeks in Australia on a tight budget, this was the best hotel we visited. I give it the highest possible rating.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mike d
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Property: Golden Sands Motor Inn
Address: 6 Head St, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Forster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Forster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Sands Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Sands Motor Inn at Forster is the place to stay for holidays, weekends away, and business. There are 24 motel rooms varying from budget double, queen standard and twin, premium and twin premium, family, and wheelchair to two three bedroom self contained apartments. We are a minutes walk to the beach/lake and the same to shops, cafes, and restaurants as well as an on site restaurant, Blue Water Restaurant, International Cuisine. All motel rooms have Austar, airconditioning, free wireless internet, and all expected amenities.The three bedroom units are large with lock up garages.We are the friendly motel in the heart of Forster. ... more   less 
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