We paid $A90 for one night's accommodation at the Merimbula Motor Lodge which is situated at 131 Merimbula Drive and only 1-2 minutes drive from the business centre of Merimbula. Our welcome was warm and helpful except for the advice regarding a good place to dine, and I will return to that advice. The motel is located in an attractive and lush bush setting with a view of the distant sea and many bird visitors at dawn. Accommodation is in modern brick cabins with parking close to each cabin (see photograph). Our room was clean, quiet, and attractively and adequately furnished for the price that we paid. The bed was comfortable and the room was air conditioned. Television reception was excellent. Two comfortable club chairs and table were provided for viewing television and eating breakfast. We would stay at this motel again. Our friendly hosts advised us that the restaurant of our choice was closed on Wednesday nights and suggested that we dine at the local RSL. We are both members of the Waverley RSL which offers excellent meals at very good prices so we did not hesitate to accept this advice. Alas, the Merimbula RSL did not match the standards of our own local RSL. My wife found her meal inedible. My fish was covered in heavy batter and the chips beneath it were soggy and unappetising. I recommend that visitors consult Tripadvisor's very useful reviews of restaurants before choosing a place to eat at Merimbula. A warning to interstate visitors - it was difficult to find a service station in Merimbula (and New South Wales generally) that sold unleaded 91 petrol without added 10 percent ethanol. If your fuel is running low, think twice before passing service stations that sell unleaded petrol without that added 10 percent of ethanol. The price signs usually indicate whether or not ethanol has been added.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Merimbula Motor Lodge is conveniently located in bushland on top of the hill, just a short drive from the heart of town. 18 comfortable, quiet and affordable rooms with kitchenettes that have microwave and cooktop, queen size beds with electric blankets, reverse cycle air conditioning, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, colour TV with free movie channels and DVD player. Large salt water in-ground pool and BBQ area. Boat and large vehicle parking. Breakfast available to rooms and all rooms serviced daily. ... more less