We spent one night at the Wollongbar Motel (and let me clarify, this is a MOTEL, not "accommodation" as misleadingly described on the website). We were assigned to room 7, which is - in one word - unacceptable. After reading the positive reviews on Trip Advisor were were disappoionted.
Dozens of dead ants on the furniture, a dusty and filthy mat on the side table and stained lamp by the bed, discoloured walls, a large stain on the doona cover (at this point I decided we would not be sleeping in that bed), dirty blue decorative bed coverings (again splattered in odd stains), dirty curtains with what looked like cigarette ash smeared on the back, chipped furniture, a filthy entrance mat, no towels, dark dingy wall paint with dirt that seeminly rose up from the floor onto the paintwork (see the photo).
For $199 per night they have GOT to be kidding.
We asked to be moved and were relocated to Room 8, which has had a fresh coat of white paint and was in much better condition. This time the doona cover was stain-free so we decided to stay!
The good points of this motel are the location - a few minutes from the absolutely gorgeous beach and into the centre of town. The front reception staff are friendly too. When we swapped rooms, it was very basic but not retch-inducing like the one next door which was the same price.
The bed was comfortable and the airconditioning was nice - although it dripped water all night and soaked the carpet below.
We also found it odd that we had to fill our water bottle and kettle in the BATHROOM sink, which made me feel quite queezy, given there was a very old toilet a metre away and the bathroom sink is usually meant for washing dirty hands, spitting our your toothpaste etc.
We have stayed in Byron Bay many, many times and have found other places are far and beyond better value than the Wollongbar. Yes this is meant to be 'budget' accommodation but I still feel sick from the site of Room 7 and urge the owners to address it asap. I am glad other travellers enjoyed their experience here, but I will never be back.
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