The International Lodge (IL) is an older style motel completely renewed and re-fitted. Brand new beds, bathroom fittings, fridge, TV, microwave, toaster, kettle, etc.
The cleaning standard is great and better than even many big 5 star hotels. Walls are rendered brick and the rooms are quiet.
I stayed on the upper floor, room 10, which I got for $130 for the night. All hotel/motels in the area are always busy due to the fact Mackay is a jump off point for the Whitsunday Islands and it also services the huge Bowen Basin coal mines, so book in advance as far as you can.
There are no restaurant facilities here but they are next to Table 38 cafe which is part of the Quest Apts complex. You can get breakfast, lunch, dinner here and if you ask the IL receptionist for a charge back sheet in advance, Table 38 will charge this back to your room so you can pay on one bill at the end of your stay.
The manager, Hunter, has a wealth of local knowledge, just ask him what you want to do, eat, drink or buy and he will point you in the right direction.
Room split system a/c was great, there was also a ceiling fan above the bed.
The IL is in the town centre, beware of booking a room in many of the motels on the Bruce Highway as these are a long way from the CBD and there is not much around.
The IL's carpark is a bit tight, so if you had a boat or caravan you would probably have to park on the street, as this is a busy area you may have a problem finding a double spot.
The IL is located in Macalister St near the cnr of Victoria St. In Victoria St in either direction you will find pubs, shops, banks, Italian, Thai, and Chinese restaurants, etc. On the corner is an old pub with a bar that does $6 counter lunches, had a huge feed of bangers and mash. Right next door to the IL is a Chinese Restaurant/Take-away. About 100m away is Sorbello's Italian restaurant, had dinner here,OK but a bit "plastic" and pre-made for my liking, but it was pouring with rain and didn't want to walk far.
A short drive or cab ride on the other side of the main bridge is the Mackay Harbour/Marina complex, if you have time, have a meal and a few drinks at the Sails restaurant or The Deck Steakhouse next door, great spot.
All in all the International Lodge is a great little oasis in the centre of town and deserves the high ranking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mackay CBD Accommodation - International Lodge MotelAt the International Lodge Motel we offer accommodation in the heart of Mackay, Queensland, just walking distance to all the pubs, clubs and restaurants in the center of the city, providing a comfortable motel for both business and leisure travellers.Located just off Victoria Street, the main street of Mackay in Macalister Street, the International Lodge Motel is a great choice when attending functions in Mackay CBD, no need for a car or a taxi.The International Lodge Motel has 20 well-appointed rooms, with recently renovated ensuite bathrooms and comfortable beds.The Mackay Entertainment Centre, Artspace, Senior Citizens, Library and Sharp Training Centre are all within a 2 minute walk. The newly renovated Canelands Shopping Centre is a 5 minute walk away along the beautiful River Walk. Bluewater Lagoon is close by for the kids to enjoy as it is free admission. ... more less
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