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The Lakes Resort
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Mount Gambier
Reviewed 11 October 2011

Recently stayed here as a stopover to visit family on the way to Adelaide in a family room with partner and two small children.
I should also note that we got a reasonable deal ($130) via wotif so expectations weren't too high.
The website photos appear to apply only to some part of the 'resort' which has been modernised, certainly we had no lake views and only a small parking spot which necessitated side on parking.
The reception is modern enough but we didn't have a great start when the first set of keys we were given had one missing. This was in fairness immediately rectified.
The room was clean and comfortable and big enough but only for a night or two. The kids had to share a bed and there were no real breakfast facilities.
There was a distinct '80s vibe about the room and the bathroom as well, technology was limited with no DVD player and no Foxtel (and these are very handy when travelling with kids).
Next door to the resort is a huge eyesore, namely the derelict public hospital which so distracted us that we drove past the (poorly signed) main entrance.
Didn't have breakfast or a meal here so can't comment on that and didn't use the pool.
All that said, we slept well and it was a very quick drive to the lakes and CBD.
Would I recommend it - not outright, I would shop around first and ask for one of the modernised rooms.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

For $120 for a country motel I expected a lot more than what was promised. Room was terribly outdated. Aircon didnt work properly which was a big negative on a hot day. TV must have been 10+ yrs old which is ok except the remote didnt work. Dead flies in the bathroom along with a couple of milipedes. and everytime someone in an ajoining room flushed the toilet or had a shower the pipes would rattle. Lucky to have had 4hrs sleep. Checkout was 10 am but I was gone at 5.30am couldnt wait to get out of the place. Only positivse was the view across the city and free hardwired broadband.

Never again though is a $70 a night motel at best

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled on business
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3  Thank farr02
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

Unfortunately there was a conference on in town, so we had little choice but to accept what we felt was a very over priced room at this facility ($169 per night). The room was very dated. Lighting very poor, fittings and fixtures circa 1980. Perhaps we would have had a good laugh if we hadn't felt so ripped off. There was a new small flat screen TV tucked away in the old telly cabinet; they could have saved some more money on that because it wasn't really a bonus. Our bed was queen sized fitted against a king size bed head so side tables were out of reach! We did have a spa bath, but the bathroom was so dated and gloomy, it wasn't at all inviting. The view back to town would have been great from one of the rooms with a city outlook, but the location overall was spoiled by the ugly vandalised old abandoned hospital building next door. Based on the presentation of our our room we decided not to try the dining room, and after reading some reviews think this was a good decision. Finally, Lakes Resort, give the girl on the front desk a bonus, she was very efficient, polite and professional.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Janet0600
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Reviewed 25 March 2010

This Resort would have to have one of the best views that i have every seen over looking a City. It is situated high up above the City near the Blue Lake (extinct Volcano). The rooms are very comfortable & very clean. We had a spa room with a balcony over looking the City.
We ate in the restaurant & could not fault any thing. The Restaurant also gives you an amazing view of the City lights at night.
The pool is in closed & heated with a separate large spa & a small gym.
The Resort is quite affordable & as we stayed there after a trip from Melbourne to Alice Spring & back it was a fitting last stay before heading home. Do try it out if you ever find your self in Mount Gambier.

Stayed: April 2008, travelled with friends
1  Thank pies1990
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

Arrived at the hotel without prebooking and managed to get two adjoining rooms. As a motel type business it was pretty much run of the mill with no outstanding features. Rooms were clean and comfortable and had excellent views over Mt Gambier. A short stroll away from the craters. As a one night stopover it was fine. Only problem was dinner, one of us ordered a chicken dish which arrived 45 minutes after we had finished our starters! It took that long to cook apparently? Eat in town.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank Michael W
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Additional Information about The Lakes Resort

Address: 17 Lake Tce W, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Mount Gambier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Mount Gambier
Price Range: $115 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lakes Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lakes Resort is situated on the edge of the Valley Lake Crater with spectacular views over the City from our fully licensed restaurant.It's quiet location away from the busy main highway ensures a good nights sleep ... more   less 
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