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Steve N
Canberra, Australia

Never again after room invaded

1.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 Apr 2022
We stayed at the Linaker Art Deco Motel on 26 March 2022 Room 306. Never again.

As we went to bed, we physically locked the door to our room. Some time during the night (probably round midnight), we were woken by someone trying to get into our room! When questioned the person advised us that he wanted to clean the room and he was sorry. I asked him how he was able to gain entry to our room and he said he was the night manager!

So, he was able to override the physical lock. I am not sure why he wanted to invade our room at midnight. Perhaps to look around …. Perhaps he was incompetent – after all he should have known it was occupied! Perhaps he had other motives. Nevertheless, it’s a bit hard to get back to sleep after someone has attempted to break into your room.

The facility is old and tired. Calling it an Art Deco establishment is a bit rich. Sure, there were Art Deco features, but it’s a bit like calling your 4 year old’s painting a masterpiece.
The non-smoking room smelled of smoke, the corridors smelt “funny” and the whole place was just a little bit run down (despite some attempts to modernise the rooms). And yes I know its only rated at 3 Star but I was let down on so many matters.
Date of stay: March 2022
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Reviewed 29 March 2022

My partner and I recently took a road trip to Beechworth. We wanted to just cruise along and not book anything until we got there. It was a Friday and the town was busy. Every motel, Airbnb’s was booked out. We only needed one night. By chance I stumbled upon this motel and they had a room and charged me $220 for it. I didn’t think much about it but when we got there, the room was bearable, but the wifi was shocking. It didn’t work most of time we were there. We had to rely on data but unfortunately we were in a location that was close to a black spot for reception. The bed was comfortable enough but the fridge was so badly frosted that even turning it off for a few hour didn’t do a good job of defrosting. One part of the ceiling was so badly damaged by water problems that it looked like it could cave in anytime. I understand that it was a last minute booking and we were charged a premium. But the rate we paid did not match the minimum standards at all. In not so busy times the average room rate is 120. Have to say the property does have a lot of potential. Just needs a conglomerate to buy it renovate and bring it to a luxury standard. That’s all

Date of stay: March 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2022 via mobile

The Art Deco hotel was one of a very few accommodation options available in Beechworth when we booked a few weeks ago. The reviews were not great, so we weren’t expecting much. We booked in for a two night midweek stay. We were met by a new manager (who started a week ago) so maybe he’ll turn things around for the hotel.

Our room on the ground floor was small and clean. So was the bathroom, although a bit of mould was starting to bloom near the ceiling. The bed was comfy enough. The open window and desktop fan helped with the summer heat. Although we could hear the noise of early morning guest departures, the kookaburras were more pleasant.

A breakfast basket was dropped off shortly after we arrived, with 3 cereal packets, 2 milk, 4 slices of bread and toppings for toast. I’m not sure if it was supposed to last us two mornings, and we didn’t receive another.

Our room wasn’t serviced after our first night. Not really a big deal, but unexpected. Other than the manager when we checked in, we didn’t see another staff member in our 48 hour stay. Staffing issues, perhaps?

Overall, the hotel was cheap and suited us. It is a bit tired, though (e.g. wall plaster is chipping), and could be amazing with a makeover and bit of investment.

Date of stay: March 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2022 via mobile

Room smelly, front desk manager rude and abrupt! Breakfast frozen Bread dry and I serve of jam for 4 slices poor quality. Upon leaving by the 10am check out, we left at 10.02 to get back in to get more bags and had been locked out. Luckily we found a nice couple who allowed us to call the manager (who was off site), his response was “you should have been gone “ and “I won’t be there till after 12” then hung up. Absolutely no curtsey. Backpackers would have been far better.stay away

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Date of stay: February 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2022

Do not book this place, absolutely disgusting lack of basic empathy and respect. My mother booked us a weekend away here, but the day before tested positive for covid.

We called and emailed the hotel repeated to ask if we could reschedule or cancel the booking, but nobody would answer. On the day of the booking we finally got through to the hotel. They were incredibly rude to my mother, who was clearly quite ill and distressed at that point. They said that they did not believe she had tested positive for covid and would not allow for the trip to be rescheduled or for a full refund to be provided. They told her she needed to get a PCR test to prove that she was sick.

At this time, it was near impossible to get a PCR test, and the government guidance is in fact to no longer get one if you have tested positive on a RAT. So this motel were telling my 65 year old mother, against government advice, to take herself to a testing centre when very ill and wait there for up to 5 hours to get an unnecessary test, or they would not provide a refund.

On top of all this they were incredibly rude on the phone and left her completely beside herself.

Absolutely disgusted.

Date of stay: January 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2022

Looks satisfactory online. It is not!
Booked in for my family. Not only did one bed have lots of long, dark hair in it, (not ours) my child’s bed linen had blood stains on it (not theirs)!
January 2022 and we live in a time of Covid. The very least one should expect is clean and sanitary facilities. We did not have a good experience. We had a distressing experience.
Upon speaking to the manager/owner, (after he failed to reply to our emails and texts), we were told “Sorry, sorry 10 times but if you don’t like it don’t stay and don’t come again.” He also told us that they were understaffed and that was that.
It was a traumatic experience!
Avoid the Linaker if you can!
I would hate for any other ‘guests’ to experience something similar to what we went through.

Date of stay: January 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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