First, bear in mind this is a motor inn, not a 5 star hotel, so one has to adjust one's expectations accordingly. I don't mean this in a bad way. It's just the reality of the situation which I think some people forget when posting their opinions.
Alpine is a motel through and through. It looks and feels like one. Which is basically what you should expect anyway. But it does a very good job being one. The rooms are clean and you get everything you need for a comfortable stay. In some areas, more than what I would expect. For example, we got biscuits with our tea, and the beds were heated! For its price point, you cannot expect it to offer much more so what you get is very reasonable.
George, the manager, is an old hand in the motel. He isn't a fake-smile / rehearsed greeting front-desk manager. In fact, he comes across as the kind of guy who's seen it all and won't take any cr*p from anyone. But he's not rude or unprofessional at all. He just talks to you like you're a neighbour. It's how he is, and actually sort of adds to charm of the place.
George also gets things done. You just need to talk to him, not talk at him as we sometimes do with faceless front-line staff. He's helpful with detailed advice, and will try his best to entertain all requests. He certainly did for us. Remember, thought, it's a family business so he can't bend over backwards all the time as we sometimes expect the 5 star hotels to do.
The only down side I can think of is its location. It's a 10-15 min walk (but a pleasant one) from the Katoomba train station. I suppose that's the nature of the area, and in any case, you're going to be doing a lot of walking there so what's a bit more?
All in, we had a very pleasant stay at the Alpine Motor Inn. It was a great base to explore the Blue Mountains from, and frankly, that's all it should be. One really shouldn't be spending too much time in their room while in Katoomba!
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