After a few weeks in Queensland, we handed back our hire car and spent a couple of days at this motel. We were impressed by the quality and cleanliness of our room. The bathroom was absolutely spotless and all fitments of a very high quality. We had a back room ovelooking the car park. The wooden "plantation shutters" on the windows are very nice and are a feature of the room. It was good to find the hotel had an elevator as that made it convenient for moving our large and heavy bags. We didn't use any in-house services, so can't comment. I tend not to notice Internet access in Australian hotels now. I've given up on them totally - nearly always too expensive or unreliable and use a 3G modem instead. The conditions inside the Motel were not the quietest we've experienced. There was a room near us which either had a defective door closer or a very angry person staying in it, as the door made a colossal bang every time they came and went - which was very late at night and did disturb us on several occasions.
The motel is a convenient walk from the cruise ship terminal, which has several nice restaurants and a movie theatre. It's a little further, about 10 mins in all, to the nearest river ferry terminal at Brett's wharf. The walk is easy though. Just be wary at night on Kingsford Smith Drive - there is some very uneven paving and you could easily trip and fall. The motel has a nice hotel (which does excellent steakhouse style meals) within a few minutes walk, plus several restaurants, all along or close to Kingsford Smith Drive. We dined at a nearby Italian restaurant one night, and it was excellent.
When it came to leaving, the desk staff advised us of the cost of using the shuttle bus vs. the taxi (for us the taxi was much better value) and it was great that they were so honest about this. The DIY taxi phone in the foyer was a bit unusual though - one gets used to the desk ordering a taxi for you.
We had quite a good experience overall with this motel, which I'd researched through Tripadvisor before booking, and overall it was a pleasant and relaxing stay before flying home to Tasmania.
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