This is a motel whose owners treat you as if you were guests in their B&B. We had a car and decided the prices in Byron Bay were too expensive. We read the reviews on TripAdvisor, noticing that the latest ones were very positive (change of ownership), so we decided to give it a try and were very glad we did.
Because both room types were nice, we decided to take one of the "older" rooms, which was $5 less per night. The newer rooms had a nicer heater (ours was just fine) and some newer appointments. The "older" ones were, in our opinion, equally fine. We loved the tea kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge and new 32" TV (all rooms have been updated with these features. There is free tea/coffee and some biscuits (nice touch) and fresh milk. The bathroom was also nice with updated features. Nice touches with the sink dispensers (soap, lotion, shaving cream) and shower (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel). The queen bed was really comfy, too! Also terrific is the FREE wifi access.
Driving to Byron Bay for the 3 days we were here was about 30 mins each way. This also afforded us a nice trip to Lennox Head beaches on the way up to Byron Bay. It was easy to drive up in the AM to Byron Bay, spend the day (surfing, walking the main street, hanging out at the beach, seeing the lighthouse, etc), and drive back in the evening for a great nite's sleep.
Ballina also has a nice main (commercial) street and a Woolworth's for purchasing any food or necessity you might need. So, if you are open to more affordable room rates (we paid $75 for 3 nites, would've been $77 for 2 nites and $80 for one nite), do yourself a favor and stay at the Chaparral Motel.
Finally, I forgot my medication in the room when we departed. Diane (owner) called on our cell phone and offered to mail them to us in Sydney. They truly are great, friendly owners!
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- Also Known As:
- Chaparral Hotel Ballina