I was a little sceptical of the reviews of this place and therefore booked somewhat tentatively, but was pleasantly surprised that it pretty much lived up to the hype. A tip to the management here - the online booking system is poor, basically being an email based system with no way of checking for vacancies. This is not good enough in today's world, and it will be costing you bookings. I almost didn't book here due to this, and I know other people that would simply not bother due to this.
Arriving after dark it was a little hard to find my way around as it’s not very well lit, so it’s maybe not a bad idea to first get there in daylight if you can, or arm yourself with a good torch. I had to wait a long time for service, and the rooms (separate bungalow type arrangements) didn’t look all that promising externally, so all this furthered my scepticism. However once I finally managed to get into the room I was pleasantly surprised. My Queen Cabin, while tight, was well appointed and the air-conditioner was already on for me.
The fittings and furnishings were pretty new and of a good standard; definitely higher quality than you’d find in a typical motel. Clearly a fair bit of money has been spent on this place. The wooden floors in the main part of the room worked well. Despite the tightness of the room it was well supplied, fully furnished including cupboard space, along with a fridge, microwave, toaster, and tea and coffee making facilities. The TV was again good quality, a Samsung unit rather than one of the cheaper models you usually see, and there was free-to-air, Foxtel, and a DVD player, along with a well set out instruction sheet. The free-to-air channels didn’t actually work, well other than the onscreen program guide, but from memory there were 23 Foxtel channels to choose from. Unfortunately there was no chair or desk due to the size of the room, meaning you had to sit on the bed to do everything. Lighting was also rather dim, with a single downlight not really providing enough illumination. Turning on the solo bedside lamp helped a bit, but still left it all a bit murky. The bed and pillows were quite comfortable.
The room was mostly clean, just a few stray hairs remaining in the bathroom and a big bug on the bathroom door, so keep your bags on the bag rack. This is the outback, so having a few bugs around is no surprise. There were also some leftover supplies from a previous guest in the bathroom draw that should have been cleaned out; most worryingly this included drugs of some type (I’m not sure what because I didn’t recognise the name on them), but it could have been a concern if there were young children in the room that could have come across them.
The bathroom was also tight, but was satisfactory, at least for one person, and again the fittings were of good quality. Lighting was better than the main room, with two downlights in there, and a hairdryer was in place. The sink was perhaps the smallest unit I’ve ever seen; okay for washing your hands, but washing your face splashed water everywhere. The toilet paper was good quality (a too rare luxury!), but there were no tissues. The shower cubicle was actually of a good size, but the shower wasn’t all that hot and water pressure was a bit weak. Given it was a standard shower head it seemed that a low flow washer device had been fitted, so the shower ultimately wasn’t the best. There was no hook or rail near the shower to hang your towel, but strangely there was a cupholder and cup in the shower cubicle. There was also what I assume was a washing line in the cubicle, which was a nice touch. Towels provided were of quite reasonable quality. Unfortunately there was no fan in the bathroom, meaning it got very hot and steamy and the mirror fogged up badly; with no other mirror in the cabin this was a bit of an issue.
Tea could be bought in the attached restaurant and bar. The food was quite acceptable and the prices reasonable. The restaurant followed the railway theme of the place. It was all quite nice and it all seemed rather new. An attached pool area was fairly small but nice enough, although I did not get a chance to use it. Breakfast was included in the price and was pretty good. A self-serve setup with juices, a selection of cereals, yoghurt, choices of bread for toast, and tea and coffee, it was better than you’d find in many such places.
All up the Pine Creek Railway Resort was good find and is highly recommended. While not exactly cheap at $130 for the room I had, it is undoubtedly the best value accommodation I’ve so far found in the NT. Other than a few omissions in the room and some other gripes, mainly due to the room being a bit too small, it was really very good. It could be worth basing yourself at this resort in this appealing little town for a few days while touring the surrounding areas. It was nice to see people in a small almost unheard of town having a go at something interesting like this, and making a good fist of it. This is the type of accommodation establishment that deserves to survive and prosper.
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