This presumably late 1960s motel is on the Hume Highway that was once the main Melbourne to Sydney road until bypassed by an incredibly ugly freeway through the centre of Albury - Wodonga.
Accordingly with the twin city's growth to 107,000 people there is a fair bit of car traffic, particularly during peak hours. This can be heard inside the rooms if one has the airconditioner switched off.
I arrived late with the key placed under the mat as arranged through a credit card reservation,.
The room was clean. The carpet was a different blue colour immediately upon entry to the rest of the room which was odd. There was an overhead fluorescent light along with two bedside lights positioned above where one slept. The curtains were effective at blocking light.
It was hot in the room when I arrived because the proprietors are only available from 0800 to 2030 but had not done the nice thing and turned on the aircon. for my late arrival. The room was cool in about 25 minutes.
The Chinese made flat screen TV was impossible to switch on: perhaps the battery in the remote had expired.
The single bed (there were two) was not particularly comfortable but at least the sheets were crisp and clean. There was a blanket as well that I did not need.
The room had a round table and two chairs. A generous amount of tea and coffee sachets plus a 150ml Tetrapak of Devondale fresh milk was provided. There was a microwave that got its power from a four outlet plug, the latter unusual in an Australian motel.
There was a wardrobe but no iron or ironing board, while the television was on top of a roomy chest of drawers.
The bathroom had late 1960s tiling but hot water was adequate. Only one full roll of toilet paper was provided: a spare should be in the room. Bath towels were white and fluffy; smaller hand towels were coloured and a bit older but still acceptable. Lighting in the bathroom was basic but OK.
I did not avail of the expensive continental or other breakfast, being cheaper to go to an IGA or Woolworths supermarket and bring yoghurt with me.
There is a smallish pool (presumably unheated) and a pleasant barbeque area.
The male proprietor was also pleasant to deal with.
This was a reasonable but outdated Australian motel. There are so many of these dotted around the countryside, relics of an age 40 years ago when more people drove between the capitals. Now a lot of teh patronage seems to be contractors in industries like telecommunications and building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable, Clean and Affordable The Sanctuary Park Motel is conveniently located at 11 High Street Wodonga, with the main entrance fronting Wodonga's main street, High Street. The rear of Sanctuary Park overlooks the magnificent Sumsion Gardens, with its beautiful lake and Island Rotunda. The side entrance makes the motel extremely bus and coach friendly and also offers coaches off street parking. There is a complete assortment of room combinations, including single, double, twin and family rooms. Breakfast may be brought to your rooms in the mornings, and the Sanctuary Park has a Licensed Reception at Hotel Prices. ... more less
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