We stayed 2 nights in a 'superior waterview' room on the first floor of the motel wing. There are stairs from the car park ground level up to the first floor, then more stairs up to the second floor and the outside is so dated that we wondered what we'd let ourselves in for when we first arrived. This motel is attached (some of it is even above) a pub and it is right in the middle of the CBD. But we found it great! Management were helpful at finding us a safe parking spot despite the large crowd they had in because we arrived on Australia Day. But there was a good live band pumping out some classic aussie rock in the beer garden and we had ringside seats on our balcony - but once we closed our balcony door the band could have been a block away so the noise insulation is very good.
Our room decor was very fresh with an obviously recent refurbishment and room 22 is reasonably spacious with plenty of room for the queen & single beds plus a small table and 2 chairs (though the chairs are rather utilitarian and hard as a rock). There is a flat screen TV on the wall plus the usual bar fridge and tea making facilities in a nice clean and new cupboard. The beds were very comfortable and the linen was another pleasant surprise - all very good quality white linen plus soft plush blankets on the ends of the beds for daytime naps.
The bathroom is very modern was neat and spotless though quite compact. The perfume diffuser is a nice touch as are the complimentary toiletries plus extra/spare tissues and toilet paper (so often lacking nowdays).
A sliding glass door opens onto the narrow balcony is a table & 2 chairs and it was lovely to sit out there especially in the morning overlooking the deserted beer garden and the Clyde river. The only suggestion I'd have is that a security screen door to make the most of the lovely ocean breezes would be nice.
I highly recommend this motel and would stay here again for the ease of being in the centre of town and not just because leaving the car at the motel and walking down the Promenade for meals means no worries about drinking & driving :). If you ate in the pub it's just a walk along the balcony to the rooms - especially the first floor ones as they are on the same level as the pub deck.
We didn't eat at the hotel on this trip although breakfast looked quite adequate when we checked it out on our way through the hotel to the street. The lunch & dinner menu which is provided in the room showed they offer a good variety of pub style meals at reasonable prices. But we wanted to try the many places to eat along the Promenade (which front Beach Road but back on to the river) and we would highly recommend the Starfish Deli. Their food was delicious and quick even though they were flat out with the holiday crowd and their waitresses were all friendly & courteous. The fish and chips at Innes Boatshed next door were very nice but they don't have anything but fish, chips & prawns (and are cash only) however - we would highly recommend the short drive down to Berny's at Batehaven for the best fish & chips ever !! Their homemade potato cakes are fantastic and they have lots of varieties of fish plus all the other seafood you expect on the South Coast.
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