I must confess that I didn't use TA to locate this motel, as I wasn't actually planning to stay in Gundagai on Anzac Day night. However, due to an altercation with certain public officials in the wee hours of the morning on the Hume Highway, I was forced to make an unscheduled stopover. Now before anyone starts jumping to conclusions about my character and hence the worthiness of this review, *I* rather than the other party concerned have initiated what might be described as a rather more official review of certain other "services" which are provided around Gundagai. However, that is all by the by, and is just mentioned to set some context.
I was in a position of being left in the middle of Gundagai at 3 AM in a t-shirt as the temperature headed towards 0C, together with a rather frayed emotional state. My car was 30 kms away, there were no available public transport options, and trying to flag a truck down on the Hume at that time of night would simply have compounded the insanity that I had already experienced. Fortunately, thanks to the wonders of smart phones, I was able to establish that Poet's was one of the few/only places in town that offered 24 hr check-in, although suggesting this was for travellers with an advance booking.
Seeing as I didn't have much more to lose at this point, I gave Poet's a try and of course dragged someone out of bed. He was way more obliging than I would have been in that situation (even on a good night!), and quickly sorted me out by setting me up in one of the few vacant rooms left. This was way bigger than I as solo needed, but didn't come with a corresponding price tag. Personally, I preferred upstairs with the balcony views and a bit of extra distance between me and the SUVs that everyone seems to insist upon driving nowadays, but I can see why that might not be everyone's cup of tea for a lengthier stay.
I'd love to wax eloquent about the restaurant, the pool, and the gym, but as you may understand I had other priorities. Such as solving my ongoing public transport problem that hadn't really improved as daylight arrived on a Saturday. This is where Poet's service leapt into overdrive. I was driven to my car for nothing without even asking. I tried to offer taxi money but the chap wouldn't hear of it. We had a morale-boosting chat (for me) on the way down the Hume. I'd like to conclude this review by gushing on about country hospitality from a city-slicker's (Canberra) point of view, but that would be slightly incorrect. Suffice it to say that these particular staff, who I gathered are contractors rather than owners, work at Poet's frequently and blend in so well that they elevated my opinion of the local populace after an extremely unpleasant start the previous evening. Good on you for the consideration that you showed, and I hope the "what goes round comes round" adage delivers for you sooner rather than later (and incidentally as well for a couple of other individuals in the area)!