Happy Wanderer Motel Bendigo
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Happy Wanderer Motel Bendigo

358 Napier St. White Hills, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550 Australia
Unreal bed
Traveller (52)
Deluxe Twin Sleeps 3, Smart TV, fabulous Aircon/Heating, Ceiling Fan, Plush couch, Toaster, Kettle, Microwave, Bar fridge and private Bathroom.  This is an adults only motel, 18 plus.
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Real photos of this motel taken August 2018
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#3 of 4 lodges in Bendigo
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Family
Property amenities
Free parking
Internet
Adult pool
Saltwater pool
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms

Location

358 Napier St. White Hills, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550 Australia
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 43 out of 100
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Bendigo Airport
Melbourne Airport
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Merelyne B wrote a review Dec 2023
Echuca, Australia50 contributions4 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great place to stay , beds are comfy , very clean , nice and quiet location , easy access and owner very accommodating, will definitely stay again, used for work commitments close to CBD , easy parking plenty seating in the outdoors areas
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Sandie B wrote a review May 2022
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The deluxe double refurbished room is simply decorated with breakfast china, cutlery and microwave. The bathroom is spacious. Unfortunately whilst there is a heater component in the ceiling, half is missing and not working. The toilet tissue dispenser was empty.
The delightful receptionist was friendly and helpful.
The location is excellent for all that Bendigo has to offer.
NB parking is outside the property and it was very safe.
We would stay here again.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Edie H wrote a review Jan 2023
Australia12 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The one night stay for me and my family was great. We used the pool because it was really hot, but at the same time refreshing. The rooms were nice at tidy and had everything you needed for the one night stay. The beds were comfortable through the night and there was no noise from other cabins which felt like a retreat. This motel deserves a 5 and definitely would go back.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Mister_Esquire wrote a review Jan 2021
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions15 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Disgraceful. The worst customer service we have ever experienced.
Despite paying for new rooms shown on all of their marketing material, we were put into an old run down colonial home stinking of mold and cigarette smoke. So much so that the couch is yellowed due to the nicotine. The front outdoor areas is stacked high with old used cigarette butts and the house is in very bad condition.
Essentially we were duped into paying for nice fresh accommodation and placed into a very old and disgusting house.

Our Son was sick on the first night and we did our best to clean up the blanket and donna in the shower to get most of the stain out, however the shower three-tiered slide door was broken and we couldn't get into the shower. We used the sink, cleaned up and opted to leave first thing in the morning due to my Sons illness that night.
We have since received an emailing labeling us as 'disgusting' and we will be charged $200 to clean the bedding. This is almost 4 times the normal accommodation rate.

We are our wits end and appalled by this situation. How people like this can operate a customer service orientated business is beyond me.
There were other reasons which would have resulted us leaving early, but the above illustrates the type of people we are dealing with here.

Avoid at all costs. Bendigo is a lovely place and these people are the trash of a beautiful town.
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Date of stay: December 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Look somewhere else. Literally anywhere else.
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Volunteer wrote a review July 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is what "Chris and Melissa" wrote after I had to cancel a booking and contacted them simply stating the facts, admitting I’d made a mistake and asked for a refund on compassionate grounds because I was coming to Lake Boga to help at a community event at my own expense.
"It is not the problem of the motel that you have mental health issues. If you booked directly with the motel then something could have been sorted out. You booked through Booking.com, which means that commissions and taxes have had to be paid at the time of booking. The motel tried to call you and text you on the day to sort it out but you did not respond. Now it is too late. You were extremely rude on the phone. You were hung up on for a reason because you wouldn’t stop talking and we had guests trying to check-in. People standing in front of us at reception while you carried on. You have already taken up too much of our time. So now make myself clear you will not be receiving a refund on your non-refundable booking. No matter how much of a hissy fit you have."
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Cheryl M wrote a review Mar 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked in for the weekend with my husband who is a veteran and thought I would do the right thing and let the owner know that he has a service dog for his medical needs. I was very rudely and with some profanity told that She (owner) hates dogs infact loathes them and there was no *f....ing way that a dog was going to wipe its *Arse on her carpet and after a couple more profranities she cancelled my booking and hung up I never even had a chance to say anything.
My husband is a veteran who needs his service dog to help with his disabilities and his daily routine.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jeanne S wrote a review Mar 2022
Macclesfield, Australia446 contributions74 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well I have to say I was pretty apprehensive when I walked into this place. Difficult to find reception but it was ok. Super friendly daughter of owners. Front wall is all glass with two big doors which open up fully. Room is very good. Love, love, love the renovations. Bed was super comfortable. Very quiet location even with a train line behind. Do you ever notice when you go to plug in your computer or phone ( they’re always the ones with odd plugs) and even if you do find a plug, they won’t go in, well there’s no problem on either count here. This is an area of Bendigo I haven’t been before and on way here found a pub which looked pretty interesting with lots of people ( always a good sign) Tyson Reef Hotel. Excellent service atmosphere and food.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dianne H wrote a review Sept 2021
1 contribution4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Would never ever book this place again. Melissa is unbelievably rude. I am totally gob smacked that she thinks you can run a customer service business and speak to people this way. Not pleasant, not nice and just a plain rude and unkind lady.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jeanne S wrote a review Oct 2023
Macclesfield, Australia446 contributions74 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Ok. I’ve stayed here three times now but that was the last. I’ve been threatened with a visit as “they have my address “ and they’re also going to post my credit card details on the web, so yes I’ve had to cancel it. All because I wrote an honest review regarding after hours non service I got. I’ve never received text messages like the ones I got from this place. Do yourself a huge favour and book anywhere else as had been suggested by multiple other people. It’s such a shame as I really liked the place.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Vicki O wrote a review Oct 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A hidden gem!
Newly renovated
Clean and quiet and comfortable
Hot shower; great bed; microwave and fridge, cutlery and plates to organise own breakfast.
Out of town centre but on main drag.

Wonderful host. We would absolutely stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Flyer01850869240 wrote a tip 17 May
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure your partner doesn't have a seizure after dark"
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Mister_Esquire wrote a tip Jan 2021
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions15 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look somewhere else. Literally anywhere else."
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Vari B wrote a tip May 2018
Adelaide, Australia58 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are at the back of the old hotel and are quiet"
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Simon H wrote a tip July 2017
Castle Hill, Australia129 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pick the renovated rooms with glass doors"
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LindyLou105 wrote a tip Apr 2017
LindyLou105114 contributions48 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Did not end up staying here so cannot recommend anything!"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$100 - AU$110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
AustraliaVictoriaGreater BendigoBendigo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Happy Wanderer Motel
Which popular attractions are close to The Happy Wanderer Motel?
Nearby attractions include Lake Weeroona (0.8 km), Bendigo Joss House Temple (0.6 km), and PepperGreen Farm (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Happy Wanderer Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, internet access, and an adult pool.
Is parking available at The Happy Wanderer Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Happy Wanderer Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Boardwalk Bendigo, Tysons Reef Hotel, and Favourite Flavours.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Happy Wanderer Motel?
Yes, guests have access to an adult pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Happy Wanderer Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fortuna Villa (4.0 km), Eaglehawk Town Hall (5.6 km), and Bendigo Town Hall Tour (2.3 km).
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