Dropped in here on my way back from driving nearly 800kms from Sydney - aside from nearly seeing pink elephants having driven so far I was really pleased to land @ BTL for the night. Beautifully presented & compact 'unit' style rooms facing onto an open courtyard parking area, about 5 mins walk from central Ballina on Tamar St. I wish all motels in this price range could be like this - it'd make travel around this huge country a bit more inspiring! The lady on reception is lovely - Irish, but been here 24 years... Go on now - I DARE you to make her laugh... The BEST laugh I've heard in years... truly... almost worth driving the 800kms to hear! Seriously though - nice amenities - coffee & tea provided, milk in the fridge, glasses thoughtfully placed in the chiller - all neat & tidy and a comfy bed with thick satiny topper into which I disappeared after several (purely) medicinal Bundy & Cokes to unwind, and drifting off. Very good value considering what else is on offer on that long drive up Australia's east coast (for twice the price!) - I'm not sure if they have larger or connected units for families but it'd be worth checking. Around $90-95 for a double per night.
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