This motel goes back to the 60/70's though has benefits over the more modern. Spacious, ground-floor villa-type rooms on large grounds, tennis court, pool, grassed areas for kids ball-play. and way back off the road among trees and shrubbery. Our 2-night stay was very comfortable.
Seeding dandelions on the tennis court suggested a shortage pf players. Pool looked clean though surrounding fence and gates had cobwebs galore making the whole thing look unkempt and needing TLC.
Major gardening work needed. Spouse and self considered this to be a good part-time task for a couple of local retired garden lovers as much initiative needed to get gardens back to what they may have been. It would be a large job for which contractors would have open-sesame costwise.
In it's heyday units had an installed radio, which remains. Initially this provided a 4-station choice though we found the same station on all four selections. Possibly the other three have closed down or changed mega-whatevers. It would be good if an up-to-date radio technician was able to include 3 new stations as otherwise the gizmo is useful only as a clock and one station - and the clock cannot be seen when head is on pillow. To remove it would leave a huge hole in the wall and one has to admit it has antique value in 2011. Shame about this.
We didn't appreciate blood spots on the bottom sheet, however small. Shame about the laundry "spotter" who missed these and about the housekeeper who failed to put the sheet the other way around so the spots would have been at the foot of the bed and thereby unseen by us. Something amiss with management here?
Excellent meals were enjoyed at the restaurant though this is understandable after the 45-minute wait ourselves and the adjacent table experienced. With such good food we ventured back the next night though in finding it empty of diners we didn't favour another 45-minute look at the walls so scurried away to the Cosmopolitan Club which was crowded and had a buffet. Shame about the restaurant as it competes with the Copthorne next door, at almost identical prices, and Cobb & Co two doors away.
All this said, we would certainly return should we again be in town. It''s that favourable feeling of going back in time to the quality motels/hotels which used to be. Leather armchairs for TV watching, comfortable mattress, a bar in-house, drinks in the fridge, walk through a door onto grass, hand-made timber deck-chairs, awake to chirpy birds in trees right at the window, dribbly showers. There's a lot to be said for it and that which may need fixing is certainly fixable. Management shouldn't allow prospective guests go to next door with its chrome and plastic.
I would recommend to friends though with reservations about the high cost of broadband.
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