When I think about staying in Launceston, I’m transported back to my childhood. We had some great stays in this city and my favourite ones were in the Village Family Motor Inn South Launceston.
I remember playing for hours in the inside pool with my sisters and mucking around in our apartment. We lived in a single storey house and I thought having two levels was so fancy 🙂 It was a great time in my childhood.
Fast forward more years than I care to admit and I’m once again in Launceston – this time with three kids of my own. When it came to booking our Launceston stay, I couldn’t help but look up my old favourite. I was happy to find the Village Launceston is still around and still has the pool and spacious units.
So we booked! And came and stayed for three nights. Did it live up to my memories?
Below, you will find our full Village Family Motor Inn reviews including what the rooms are like, what facilities exist and where you can find the Village Family Motor Inn Tasmania.
Village Family Motor Inn Review
On arrival, check in was quick and easy at the Village Hotel Launceston and we were soon parked directly in front of our room and moving in.
The Village has a distinctive look and I enjoyed the style of the outside – although note that at least on our apartment block, there was no top level where you see windows.
There are two styles of rooms at the Village Motel Launceston, motel style and self contained apartments.
For the motel style, you can choose between a motel suite with queen or twin room configuration or a family unit with two rooms suitable for up to five people with one room having a double bed and an adjoining room having three single beds.
Both choices are single level on the ground floor and have TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, electric blankets and fridges. The motel suites also include complimentary continental breakfast while the family units have a microwave.
The two and three bedroom self contained apartments are perfect for families or groups of 2-7 people. They have separate living areas with dining area, kitchens and a bathroom at the ground level entry floor with bedrooms on the top or below.
The two bedroom apartment has a double bed room and a single and bunk bed room. The three bedroom apartment has the same plus an extra double bed room.
All options have parking at their doors.
We stayed in a Village Family Inn Launceston two bedroom self contained apartment.
Inside Our Two Bedroom Apartment
The first thing I noticed on entering our apartment at the Village Family Motel Launceston was the kitchen – as it’s directly at the door. It’s small kitchenette style but has a stove, oven, microwave and enough equipment to be able to cook a meal and eat it.
There’s also detergent, tea towel and cloth so we could clean up. My only real complaint is that the apartment is for five and we didn’t have five of everything. The bowls were also really small so a bit frustrating for serving meals.
The bathroom is to the left and is an enclosed small toilet and shower room with a door and a big sink area. The big basin area was very handy. There were also extra towels here, foot towel, hand towels and washers.
Next up is the dining and lounge area. It is cosy but big enough to get by. The table only has four chairs and to be able to easily walk through to the staircase, is pushed against the stair rails so you need to pull it out and take away the floor space to eat at it.
The lounge consists of a futon and two single chairs. There is also a small TV and a heater.
Downstairs are the two bedrooms. One has a double bed and the other a single bed and single bunks. Both rooms have fans and built in cupboards. The kids’ room also has a shelf for luggage. There is a heater at the bottom of the stairs between the rooms.
I wish there was a heater in each room. There are electric blankets on the beds but I am not a fan of these (I was electrocuted by one once!) and the bed linen is only minimal with no extra blankets so the bedroom doors had to stay open to keep us warm.
Overall, the rooms are older style but comfortable and I was quite happy. However, they could be better maintained – a window pane in the main bedroom was leaking water when it rained. There was also so much stuff in our shower drain that water wasn’t draining away which we fixed ourselves.
I also wish there were more power points. There aren’t many which made it hard to keep devices charged and we couldn’t use our chromecast with the TV without an extension cord!
The walls also seem thin. There was a baby in the room next to us that woke me up at night and was very easy to hear although strangely, we didn’t hear any other noises from neighbours. The hotel is also across the gully from the main highway into Launceston and you can hear it. However, it’s more like a background hum which didn’t bother us at all.
The rooms aren’t fully serviced but you do get the bins emptied and fresh towels every day which we appreciated. The rooms were clean apart from the shower drain problem although I do wish that if they weren’t going to clean the room that they had vacuums available. It’s hard to keep floors clean when eating in with kids and no equipment.
The windows in the main bedroom and living area (where there is also a balcony) had a nice outlook over a lot of greenery. It’s also where the highway runs through but that wasn’t very noticeable.
I feel like my criticism may make my Village Family Motor Inn Launceston reviews seem negative so I want to emphasise that overall, we were very happy with our apartment. It was warm, cosy and comfortable and we would have no problems staying in it again. For the price paid, I think it was good value. Just don’t expect flash modern apartments.
Village Motor Inn Launceston Facilities
The main reason we decided to stay at the Village was the facilities. Primarily, the pool!
After dealing with lockdowns, the idea of all of us getting to play in a pool was a massive draw. And we weren’t disappointed!
The Village Family Motor Inn has a great indoor heated pool. It’s a good size and we had lots of fun playing and swimming. It also has a spa which wasn’t operating when we visited thanks to problems getting parts at the moment due to the pandemic. There is also a sauna.
A small playground is near the pool as well as a games room with a pool table and arcade games. Between all of this, this place is well set up for families.
There’s also a guest laundry (pictured above). The big washing machines and dryers cost $4 each per load.
A fully licensed restaurant and bar are on site. There is free wifi which had variable speeds.
On site is a Village Family restaurant called the Moonlight Restaurant. There are a variety of items on the menu and a fully licensed bar. It is child friendly and a super easy way to eat while you are staying here.
The Village Family Motor Inn is just a short drive from the main strip in Kings Meadows (Hobart Road) where there is a wide range of restaurant and take away choices.
Village Family Motor Inn Launceston Location
The Village Family Motor Inn, Launceston, Tasmania is located at 84-100 Westbury Rd. This is in South Launceston and it is conveniently located near the A1 making getting here easy if you have your own wheels.
This is the side of Launceston that you will come in from if you are coming from Hobart or the north west like Devonport. It’s about a 7 minute drive to the centre of Launceston CBD or 3.5 kilometres.
This is not the place to stay if you like to be in the middle of everything, but works well if you don’t mind a short drive.
The Village Family Motor Inn is an easy, relaxed place to stay for a great price in Launceston. The facilities are great and the rooms are comfortable, if in need of an update.
We enjoyed our stay here and had a lot of fun with our kids thanks to the double level apartments and indoor pool. We would happily stay here again. Just don’t expect modern apartments and you’ll be fine.
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Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.