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Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant

3149 Western Hwy, Stawell, Victoria 3380 Australia
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#1 of 6 hotels in Stawell
Set on 20 acres, Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant offers accommodation, a restaurant and services for business and leisure travellers. Boasting a fully licensed bar and outdoor terrace overlooking a private lake surrounding the property, the lodge also features a seasonal heated indoor salt water pool and various family-friendly recreational facilities including a walking track and tennis/basketball court. Rooms and suites are equipped with free WiFi, heating/air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge. The Deluxe suites feature a corner spa bath. All rooms overlook a lake setting, with each room offering direct access to the lake. Magdala's fully licensed Lakeside Restaurant is set over a scenic lake view through picture windows and an alfresco terrace and is suitable for dining, a range of functions, corporate meetings and special occasions. It offers an ever changing seasonal menu. The fully licensed bar is also available for pre-dinner drinks. Bookings are strongly advised at the time of reservation. Dinner service is available from 18:00 and breakfast is available 7 days from 07:30. Prior to 07:30, a continental breakfast service is available for in-room breakfast, if ordered at reception by 20:00 the night before. The grounds and lake are surrounded by wildlife including pelicans, ducks, swans, turtles and kangaroos. Onsite, you can explore the surrounding gardens, enjoy a meal or drink on the alfresco terrace by the lake, follow the private walking track and swim or play tennis or basketball, with equipment available free to guests. Magdala Motor Lodge is just a 4-minute drive from Stawell's town centre, 10 minutes' drive from Great Western and close to many of the local wineries of the Grampians and Pyrenees. The property is just 18 minutes' drive from Halls Gap and a 10-minute drive from Lake Lonsdale. Mackenzie Falls is 40 km from Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Water sport equipment rentals
Children's playground
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Sofa bed
Electric blanket
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Gregory H wrote a review July 2021
Melbourne, Australia50 contributions16 helpful votes
We chose this motel for a local business trip: me accompanying my wife this time. The spa bath was one of the drawcards, but the grounds also attractive. The room was indeed spacious and warm, though the fittings were a little dated. We were happy with the check in service and we chose to eat in town. Post COVID lockdowns one needs to spread the money around. Yes there was some road noise during the night but pretty minimal compared to many highway motels I have slept in around Australia. Motels were located for convenience rather than noise abatement back when they were built. The lake brought many birds to the motel grounds in the morning which we enjoyed. Stawell itself is underrated as there are magnificent views of the Grampians from the high point lookout.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Have a look around Stawell itself. Nice views of the Grampians.
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WHolland wrote a review June 2021
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On check out, I was asked "How was Everything?" I answered "I think your website is deceiving" An opportunity to consider what could be done to stop such a statement. But no. It was taken as an excuse for an argument to defend the prices. After being challenged, I explained that the "Cooked Breakfast Voucher" gave the impression that it would pay for a cooked breakfast. The man at the desk proceeded to argue prices with me and defend the website because "He Wrote it" and defended the fine print which stated it could be used towards the cost. The FACT that there is FINE PRINT supports my opinion of Deception. Because I ordered a slice of tomato with eggs and bacon only, I had to pay $9 more for 2 serves. No toast, sour dough bread, tea, juice cost $21 each! No credit for the sour dough toast but charged $9 for tomato? Most establishments charge a flat fee buffet of unlimited eggs, bacon, toast, coffee, tea, juice, hash browns, sausage, mushrooms, tomato. Car park was flooded, door was swollen and required a shoulder charge to open it. Wife could not open it, Fridge door did not seal, water leaked on the floor, Bathroom door would not even stay closed l-great for a Spa room. Facilities very dated, tiles cracked. Before drove off, the desk clerk ran out with a print out of the fine print to justify his argument. He still did not understand, the fact that if the print is small or hidden by asterix, it is DECEIVING! There shall be no return to this aggressive reception who asked for feedback.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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JAN AND JOHN G wrote a review May 2021
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
We were returning to Melbourne from Adelaide and desperately needed a meal and sleep following a long day of driving. Magdala Lodge and Restaurant didn't disappoint. We were welcomed like a member of the family and assigned (at our request) to the suite that was very suitably adapted for people with mobility issues. Our hunger was more than satisfied with a beautifully prepared meal served in the dining room. My husband is a fussy eater and his steak and vegetables were carefully prepared as he requested. I had the chicken parma which was the best I've ever had and I would kill to find out the recipe for the dressing on the salad. Overall our room was spotlessly clean as was the restaurant. I could not fault anything about our short stay. The Manager was kind and friendly with a great sense of humour and an obvious commitment to customers. Having found Magdala Motor Lodge we have decided that it will be our future stop both ways between our trips between Melbourne and Adelaide.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Barbara H wrote a review Apr 2021
Mornington, Australia173 contributions29 helpful votes
I read other people's reviews & thought I must have been unlucky. True it has a lovely setting of the lake around one side. I saw ducks, but that didn't make up for the room I had. It was in desperate need of an upgrade. Broken & cracked tiles in the bathroom, no shower screen or curtain so the water went on the floor. Grubby carpet, one of the chairs had a big stain on it. I think the sliding door facing the lake was meant to have a fly screen, but it wasn't there. The pathway around the building on the lake side had loose & missing bricks. My room faced towards the main road which was quite noisy with the traffic, particularly trucks. The staff were pleasant enough, but if this is the best Stawell has to offer I won't be going there again
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Date of stay: March 2021
Geoffrey S wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution
The bed in our room had a leg missing and one of the chairs in the room was soiled.When we approached the manager he became very aggressive and ordered us to pack our belongings and leave . He could not replace the bed leg but he offered to place two bricks under the bed to level the bed up.As we were only staying one night and we thought that would be acceptable,but he became angry and ordered us to leave.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: If you can donot stay there. No Phones in rooms,No complimentary toiletries.No hair dryer...
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Response from Robert Di Pietro, Owner at Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant
Responded 7 Apr 2021
Geoff, that hardly sounds like the full story. Does that really sound like a reason to ask ask anyone to leave? The arrogance and difficulty of your wife imposed set a new benchmark for us and there was simply no satisfying her. This attitude started in reception well before even entering the room, and it was cleary best that we offered you a full refund and the opportunity to find “more suitable” accommodation, and we were very please you decided moved on. Yes, a chair had a minor mark and was replaced immediately, and a bed leg had been broken by a previous guest without our knowledge. We attended to both, but there is simply no end to some people’s troubles. Full house tonight and we have 28 happy guests... can’t please everyone I suppose!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Stawell Oval (2.4 km), Stawell Gold Mine (5.1 km), and Cato Park (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chris ‘n’ Di’s Pies and Cakes, Magdala's Lakeside Restaurant, and George & Kids Fish n Chips.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Yes, guests have access to a heated pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bunjil's Shelter (8.8 km).
Does Magdala Motor Lodge & Lakeside Restaurant have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.