First thing the service was good. We were greeted at the front desk by a really friendly man and got a great impression to begin with. Once we got our key and headed towards our room we were extremely confused. It was REALLY REALLY musty. The air was thick and hard to breath. The walls were carpeted and it seemed really dingy. The room was extremely out dated. It was so old and smelt terrible and the furniture/furnishings were from another era. The included breakfast consisted of a take away container sitting on the bench with weetbix and another of cereal. In the fridge there was a tiny jug of uncovered milk and another of orange juice with a packet of a few slices of bread...
The toilet still had urine in it (i noticed this after taking the 'hygienically cleaned and sealed' paper off the lid). The whole bathroom stunk of Urine. There was a hair stuck to the wall in the bathroom the basin was all cracked and scratched and there was no way (!) either of us were going to touch the spa. We even worn thongs in the shower.
It was really dark, even during the day with the curtains wide open we had to put the lights on to see what we were doing.
The country club had a total of about 20 people (staff included) - only option for food was chinese, which was over priced and not even very good.
I spent the whole night itching and coughing from allergies while my partner was awake until 3am saying how much he was upset we had gone all that way for that. In the morning we thought we'd give it the benefit of the day and try to enjoy our day and stay the second night. We drove down to the restaurants by the lake the first we went to didn't do breakfast, the boat shed restaurant had fantastic food though. After walking around for a bit realised our options for the day were to walk around, drive to nelson bay to find something to do or sit around doing nothing. It is definitely a retirement place, and not somewhere to go to actually do anything. We decided to go back to the motel, pack our stuff and go all the way home. It was my partners birthday and we had a fishing trip organised for the next day. It still wasn't worth staying.
Some people seem to have really enjoyed their stay, and seem to think it is nice. I guess at the end of the day it is all about perception. Make your own mind up but have very low expectations.
Luckily we received this two night away as a gift and didn't pay for it ourselves, otherwise i'm sure we would have been really annoyed.
I briefly explained to the man at reception that we weren't really happy to stay there the next night and that he may want to look into the cleaning people. He was extremely apologetic and kept saying sorry and genuinely looked confused as to why we weren't happy. Maybe they would be better off advertising as a cheap, 2 star, stop-over motel. Or something for senior citizens.
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