Criterion Hotel Motel
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Criterion Hotel Motel

18 Railway Tce, Quorn, South Australia 5433 Australia

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2.5
#3 of 3 motels in Quorn
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Location
2.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
2.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
Budget accommodation at the gateway to the Magnificent Flinders ranges in South Australia. Perfect for backpackers, or travellers that just want a good meal, a cold beer and a cheap bed for the night. This heritage listed 138 year old hotel is full of character and is directly opposite the Pichi Richi railway.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
Room types
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Quaint

Location

18 Railway Tce, Quorn, South Australia 5433 Australia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 77 out of 100
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Port Augusta Airport
Adelaide Airport
293.1 km
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28Reviews0Q+A5Room tips

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seeeeeeth wrote a review Jan 2009
Oregon
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Decent place to stay, nothing spectacularly good or bad.
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Date of stay: December 2008
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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andymckUk wrote a review Dec 2009
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel was good value for the price - small rooms but clean enough and an acceptable breakfast.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
The main cause of dissatisfaction were the mosquitoes in our rooms. All of us spent a very unpleasant night. Some of us tried killing them others just tried to sleep throught the continuous buzzing. I killed in excess of 20 and still woke up with over 30 bites. The problem was due to the unreachable air vents near the ceilings, which acted as a passage for the mossies from the outside, so we had no chance of escaping them. All the hotel needed to do was fix a fine mesh over the vents to stop the mossies from entering the bedrooms and it would get a much higher rating.
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Date of stay: October 2009
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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David B wrote a review July 2016
Gardners Bay, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
A very OLD pub - stayed the night in the outside cabins - these are very worn and quite run down. The price at $85 a night was low - so no point in complaining - but don't expect a clean and new place! This is suitable for backpackers who can tolerate old and a bit unclean. Beds were small but clean - rooms cold but the ancient aircon finally kicked in and warmed them up. The upstairs in house rooms were large and cold and equally rundown - complete with a live pidgin in one room - obviously not visited often! Hosts were well meaning and welcoming but the building sadly needs a lot of money spent on it to make it liveable for guests to enjoy a reasonable standard of overnight stay.
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Date of stay: July 2016
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Best for people on a tight budget who can stand low quality room conditions.
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pdt782 wrote a review July 2009
Glenelg, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A weekend get away with friends to historic Quorn. Owner Mick is helpful as are his staff. Excellent food, comfortable beds, quiet central location and terrific value for money.
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Date of stay: July 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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David T wrote a review Apr 2013
Benalla, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
a group of 8 of us had booked into the Criterion on a bike ride from Wilpenea Pound to Claire. We had booked the motel units out the back.

All the rooms were dirty and hadn't been cleaned. In one room there was food left in the fridge which had gone mouldy and smelt, the bin hadn't been emptyed, the sheets hadn't been changed and the carpet had filthy stains on it.

The other rooms were in a similar condition with one toilet not flushed and blood on the toilet seat.

The owner didn't want to acknowledge the filthy condition of the room and after much arguement refunded our money and we relocated to a another hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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C B wrote a review July 2012
Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the motel rooms behind the pub. The rooms were not cleaned prior to our stay - the floors were obviously not vacuumed, bathroom sink had last guest's toothpaste in it and the rubbish bin wasn't even emptied. The rooms are poorly insulated with only a woefully inadequate bar heater provided (and electric blankets on only two out of the six beds between our rooms). The hot water system ran out of water after two people showered. The plumbing was partially blocked. No light bulbs in the bed side lights. Rooms are poorly fitted. We could not even find any staff in the Hotel to complain to, or even accept our key returns!!
Offensive service for the money we paid...
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Date of stay: July 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Stay somewhere else.
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busymum53 wrote a review July 2011
Melbourne, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I was not impressed with the motel rooms at all, the toilet needed a good clean including the windows. The shower did not look clean, the beds were poor quality, the heater was a bar heater type which was unstable on the carpet. Then the microwave dial would come off in your hand and the toaster did not look too good either, Sorry I would and do not recommend this place, eventhough it looked really good on the internet.
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Date of stay: July 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Do not stay here
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vmak12 wrote a review Oct 2018
Adelaide, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want a good meal, a cold beer at a real Aussie pub then this is the place to go, run by a friendly family who like to spend time talking about the area and pub history. It’s old but clean so don’t expect 5 star
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Melissa S wrote a review Oct 2018
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Quorn on Labour Day Public holiday to go on the Pitchi Ritchi railway, after a lovely time in the train we were quite hungry for a nice pub lunch, we found ourselves at the criterion hotel just over the road. My husband, son and I were well looked after by the new publican Paul and his partner. Paul took the time out to have a great chat to us about the area and great places to visit. The lunch came out after a short wait, the food was very good and size of the meal was ample. A good Aussie pub experience, I would recommend, thankyou!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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BeckNagel74 wrote a review Oct 2015
Adelaide Hills, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Under new management (just under a year) we stayed for two nights in mid October with two adults and one child. Some initial confusion saw us in room 5 (the motel rooms at the back of the hotel) and we needed a trundle bed for our son (this room has only one queen sized bed). We found the room to be clean, basic and all that was required for a two day stay at Quorn. We travelled from Adelaide to go on the Pichi Richi Railway so we were really only looking for a place to sleep. The air conditioner and TV were in good working order (a must with a 7 year old) and the included breakfast (bread and coffee/tea) kept us going until mid morning.
Quorn was an unexpected surprise as local travellers, from the great second hand bookstore (Q Books - two shops down) to the very friendly and helpful staff at the Criterion Hotel. We had one meal here and one meal at the Austral Hotel. Although the food at the Austral was slightly better, there was no where near the attentive service we received at the Criterion.
If you are lucky you may even meet a local or two in the front bar who will be happy to share a yarn or two with you about this very unique town.
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Date of stay: October 2015
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Kay H wrote a tip July 2019
Adelaide, Australia56 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only ate at this hotel - didn't stay here."
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David B wrote a tip July 2016
Gardners Bay, Australia49 contributions16 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best for people on a tight budget who can stand low quality room conditions."
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PRAust wrote a tip Sept 2013
Melbourne, Australia93 contributions67 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go there!"
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C B wrote a tip July 2012
Australia1 contribution3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay somewhere else."
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busymum53 wrote a tip July 2011
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions18 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay here"
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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