Centenary Motor Inn
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Centenary Motor Inn

105 Portal St, Brisbane, Queensland 4075 Australia
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2.5
#43 of 44 motels in Brisbane
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.4 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.6 of 5 bubbles
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Centenary Motor Inn in Brisbane provides accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a bar. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. The Gabba - Brisbane Cricket Ground is 13 km away and South Bank Parklands is 14 km from the hotel. All units are equipped with a microwave, a toaster, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom with a hair dryer. All guest rooms come with a seating area. A Full English/Irish breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. There is an on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of Australian dishes.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Centre with Internet Access
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Restaurant
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Microwave
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
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Martin M wrote a review Dec 2012
Nambucca Heads, Australia21 contributions9 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Hi, I was looking for accommodation close to my son's place for a party on Saturday night, 8th Dec. 2012. When I looked it up, I found two other reviews indicating it wasn't a very good place to stay, when I rang up to inquire about a room, I mentioned the two reviews and they said they are a business motel and they do allow dogs in trailers in the yard. I decided to go with it, as it wasn't dog season, we were very disappointed with the room. At $115, I would expect something better than a room with torn curtains, gyprock and painting work that was VERY amateurish, a big crack in the vanity, a noisy fridge that froze everything in it, grass that doesn't get cut very often and hot water that takes 30 to 50 seconds to come through to the shower, even though they have signs up asking us to conserve water!! What a joke, don't bother.
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Date of stay: December 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms at the back away from the Ipswich motorway were quieter.
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Peterm2350 wrote a review Jan 2018
Armidale, Australia10 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Photos of motel are misleading. External presentation Zero stars. Looks like a third world junk yard. Our room was passable. Manager and staff were friendly and breakfast was good but there is much more to running a motel than that.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Pedro1201 wrote a review July 2014
Perth, Australia54 contributions20 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This Motel is located alongside the Ipswich Motorway and is very difficult to access especially for strangers in town at night. A few roadside direction signs to the entrance would be very helpful.

The motel is fairly old and dated and the grounds maintenance leaves a bit to be desired, but the rooms are good size with most of the usual facilities available.

The large double bed was comfortable and despite the proximity to the Motorway, very little traffic noise was heard.

A lot of tradies use this motel, so be prepared for diesel utes being started and warmed in the early hours of the morning. There must be some sort of dog training area nearby as there were a number of dog "caravans" staying there during my visit.

Friendly and helpful reception staff, a limited but well presented menu in the on site restaurant.
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Date of stay: July 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Ann S wrote a review Aug 2020
10 contributions
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
we paid 900 for 9 days stay. Got told it was a big discount in which was the first lie. Nothing on there lists for the rooms exist. Theres no microwave, no pay TV, dodgy TV signals, told not to use air conditioning, no minimal, no soundproofing, no pool(its empty and vile, told I couldn't use there laundromat unless I paid more money. Given only one night of towels and coffee and milk pouches. Told if we wanted more towels that we needed to pay for them. We went to clean the room ourselves and emptied rubbish into there big bins outside. Just for them to rush over and lock it up. Now there's no bins. Nothing on the amenities lists exist and even one guy was crying as he couldn't get them to acknowledge him for his deposit back. The wife can't speak English, only Chinese and wasn't very welcoming at all. For 900 we were left in a room with no amenities as promised and a big food bill every day . My poor son was told if he wanted the wifi that he needed to go sit outside somewhere as the wifi didn't work in the units. They play dumb and act like there doing you a deal with a broken down place with everything broken and ripping people off badly. I warn people to not go near there. They have no intentions on fixing property or making there amenities list true. Im absolutely appalled at our treatment. As a pensioner, I was totally ripped off and not one thing existed there. I plan on taking them to small claims. Don't go there. below is horrible tv reception, only normal channels. And only jug and toaster given. No mini fridge, littleand brokenfreezer. Hopeless, no clean towels. Same ones for over a week that I went and bought some.
at all. Be warned
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Summer W wrote a review Nov 2022
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel is very disgusting. The whole place needs a total renovation. From balcony to room and bathroom is a total mess. We really regret spending a night. The beds have blood stains or some kind of red stains all over(maybe beds have been there since day one and never changed), pillows are smelly, stains and old. That must been there over a year ago or more. I am advising everyone to find somewhere else to stay, this place is filthy more than where pigs live. Whoever In change must be very uncaring, hade no soul, to think of allowing people to stay in such a filthy environment. I am very angry😡😡😡😡, very heartless to still such a place in existence. I do not recommend this place, even if it is free. STAY AWAY if you do not want to develop health issues. Filthy disgusting to the CORE! I wish there was no star to rate this filthy disgusting garbage place.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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C0ralsea wrote a review Jan 2018
Sydney, Australia14 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and me enjoyed staying at the motel for six nights.
Affordable price, clean big rooms, staff is polite, helpful and friendly. It is not far from the city. The most important for us was to stay with our dog as the motel is pet friendly.
Thank you for the good job!
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Date of stay: December 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mark Q, Manager at Centenary Motor Inn
Responded 18 Dec 2018
Dear C0ralsea, Thank you for sharing your positive experience. Very pleased to read that you were satisfied with our rooms and customer service. Thank you again for staying with us and we hope to see you next time.
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BigGBrisbane wrote a review June 2014
Durack, Australia100 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Its a good clean motel in the western suburbs of Brisbane adjacent to a main arterial road - Ipswich Road.

Whist a little outdated in its appearance, the rooms have been updated recently and are quite comfortable. We had a good nights sleep, the bed was great but why only 1 pillow each? There were no extra pillows in the cupboard.

Whilst the room we were in was updated, the bathroom was not. All it recd was a coat of paint, however it was clean. I would love to meet the painter who did the job as it was amazing in the way the paint was applied as no item missed out and a straight line could not found anywhere. Character maybe or the guy was not familiar with his tools :)

We had the breakfast included - tasty but sparse in its offering as you were only 'allowed' one type of drink so if you wanted OJ then you couldn't order coffee!! The restaurant was clean but left over from the '80's in its decor!!

Let's put it in context, a well located clean and comfortable motel for a very reasonable tariff.
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Date of stay: June 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for additional pillows as you only get one each on the bed. Also ask for a room towards the...
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Bruce D wrote a review Mar 2022
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately i cant say anything positive about this property. Some back ground we were looking for a hotel that was central to the locations were were visiting and the location of the hotel fit that bill. We needed a property that was available for 8 nights also. We looked online and the property looked fine (images) and reviews from trip.com customers gave 4.7/5.

We arrived at 8pm in torrential rain (weekend of floods in Brisbane). Upon checking in when trying to get into the room we had to shoulder bump the door to open it. Once in the room we immediately noticed the bar fridge turned off. There was a trip hazard (floor lifting). The back of the door did not have a chain, it had a Drop bolt ( where you slide it an can put a padlock to prevent opening..( this did not provide confidence in the security of the room if we were out). Further things we found . There was no blanket on the Double bed. we went to use the blanket on the single bed and it had multiple stains giving the impression it had not been washed for a while (luckily we had our own). according to the website there was supposed to be spare pillows. There were not. These may not seem that surmountable however they are beginning to accumulate. Due to the late hour of checking in ( and potential lack of availability of an alternative accommodation due to the Torrential rain and prepaying for eight days we opted to "suck it up" initially.

The following morning we went out about 10 am and did not return to the property till 9pm. Upon return we found the the room had not been serviced ( From Trip.com website daily room servicing). Bed had not been made. Towels not replaced. Noting the weather at the time ( constant rain) the towels were still wet from a shower the previous night. This only added to the poor impression of the room from the previous night. As a result we decided to identify more issues in detail

Apart from those listed above the following issues were also noted. ( I have images to support these claims)

Room itself had not be properly cleaned for months..
- accumulated dust on top of air-conditioner.
- pile of dust on cord for air-conditoner
- windows not cleaned ( tracks full of dirt)
- Tiles in bathroom under sink had layer of dirt
- light fittings full of bugs

Rooms were supposedly refurbished in 2016
- large cracks on wall near window in bathroom
- smoke detector removed from room
- Bathroom sink table edge paint unfinished. and badly stained.

Images and info on trip.com were not representative of actual condition of room or hotel ( potential for false advertising)
- View from window on website showed lovely garden. Actual view was of a junkyard with corrugated iron sheets. broken down Bus, Broken down caravan, car trailer status unknown and generally unkempt garden
- image of pool on website is nice and blue - actual pool was green and appeared not to be clean potential algea
- Website stated a restaurant and bar ( ability for breakfast in restaurant) - Actual Restaurant not open and access to it was blocked by objects vacuum cleaners etc
- Website showed clean drive ways etc. - actual - derelict appliances ( fridges, washing machine, conditioners microwaves littered driveway beside rooms.
- website listed facilities in room that were not provided

Upon closer thought we contacted trip.com who did manage assist in cancelling our booking and facilitated a partial refund with the hotel for the remaining nights.

When checking out . the manager admitted they failed to provide us with a sheet of paper which detail room cleaning process (blaming lack thereof on COVID). essentially it stated that if we required room to be cleaned we had to contact reception (if manned) to organise a time when we would not be in room. IF we wanted towels changed we were to place them in a basket outside of room and new ones would be placed back in basket. ( ironically if this process had been provided in the first instance and followed upon return to the room they fresh towels would have been soaked as the basket was out in open. Notwithstanding many other hotels do not have the same issues with servicing a room even with COVID around.

Although the manager was helpful in allowing our early cancellation and refund.. in general the property appears to suffer from a lack of staff which has occurred way before COVID. This property is definitely NOT value for money. as for the price we paid we would have been able to obtain a much cleaner and serviced room
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Date of stay: February 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Do not book here if so do at own risk
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Nira E wrote a review Sept 2019
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The description stated the motel was recently renovated! I have never stayed in the more disgusting place in my life! The place is a pig sty ,filthy ,everything in the room was filthy! In the whole time we were there not once(8 days!) the bed linen was changed!.We had to ask for a replacement kettle as the one in the room was so dirty, we couldn't touch it! The same with toaster & fridge! The floors have not been washed for days! The vent in the shower was just an open hole! Lucky for us, there were no rats or mice falling through! There are some permanent residents living on the property & ongoing fights,continuous visits by strange characters, screaming & banging of the doors was pretty frightening! Everything on the photos looks quite reasonable,but in reality it is complete opposite inside & outside,dusty, dirty,unkempt! Really surprised how health department hasn't paid a visit to this place! Never again!And the worse thing was to be charged double the price of any reasonable place in town!
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Date of stay: September 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: need to ask for: hair dryer, iron,clean towel,toiletries,but only BYO.WiFi doesn't work,they...
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Worldly traveller wrote a review July 2019
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Worst hotel experience ever! Long term residents are total ferals and partied all night, couples fighting and screaming. Drug deals were being done on the front nature strip.
Topped off with having all rooms above and beside us having sex ALL night with comings and goings, literally!!! One would leave and another would arrive. Just absolutely not a "motel" you wish to be at.
Do yourself a huge favour and do not go there!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Micah asked a question Apr 2017
Grafton, Australia21 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi, do you have Wi-Fi?
Answer from Mark Q
Brisbane, Australia
yes we do have free Wi-Fi here
Bruce D wrote a tip Mar 2022
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not book here if so do at own risk"
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Nira E wrote a tip Sept 2019
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"need to ask for: hair dryer, iron,clean towel,toiletries,but only BYO.WiFi doesn't work,they provide you with p/w but it's no use!"
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Micah wrote a tip Aug 2017
Grafton, Australia21 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a room close to reception for Wi-Fi"
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Trevor A wrote a tip Oct 2015
Adelaide, Australia26 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms down the back are less noisy with other people coming and going."
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BigGBrisbane wrote a tip June 2014
Durack, Australia100 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for additional pillows as you only get one each on the bed. Also ask for a room towards the back of the complex as it quieter there than up the front facing Ipswich Road."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Centenary Motor Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Centenary Motor Inn?
Nearby attractions include Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (4.0 km), Rocks Riverside Park (3.3 km), and Kurilpa Bridge (7.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Centenary Motor Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Centenary Motor Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Centenary Motor Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Centenary Motor Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Betty's Burgers, Goodness Gracious Cafe, and Wild Canary.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Centenary Motor Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Centenary Motor Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Centenary Motor Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wolston Farmhouse (6.2 km).
Is Centenary Motor Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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