The price we paid were cheaper than other places in Broome for this time of the year. We got ourselves a twin room - which was a fairly small but well furnished room consisting of two single beds, two bedside drawers, alarm clock and bedside lamp. A working A/C is in the room and an adjustable ceiling fan. There is also a fridge and a kettle in the room plus supplied dishes and cups.
The bathroom is a narrow room in what are effectively wardrobe sliding doors but it does work and doesn't feel overly cramped and is fitted to a good standard. Overall, I'm pleased with the room at the rate we have paid - it is a better standard than other rooms we've seen lately in WA.
The whole establishment seems to be fitted to a modern contemporary style that is not overly brash nor understated and is pleasing to the eye if not unique. An internet room is provided, plus a TV/DVD room with a large plasma TV - the notice says the room is closed after 2am. There is also a pool which is available for use from dawn to dusk. The shared kitchen is well equipped and of a high standard - but arrangement in the fridges are lacking somewhat - the fresh milk for everyone's use was mixed up with someone's personal food box.
It is a rather strange mix of backpacker's dormitories and hotel-style rooms but it does work and in March being the off-season, is surprisingly quiet. Shops nearby - a deli and a clothes shop - both shut between October and March - so a long trek to town is needed for supplies (it is a bit out of the town centre in order to be close to Cable Beach). A bar/restaurant called Zee Bar is nearby - seems a bit classy from the outside.
Reception was staffed from 8am to 10pm and I found them to be very helpful when I lost a key - they have rung several places up and chasing them up on my behalf and told me later that the key was found and there was no hassle. The reception also doubles up as a bar round the corner serving booze and soft drinks and apparently pizza. On arrival, each person gets a complimentary drinks voucher for which I was told to choose any drink on display you like - which was a large choice, particularly for largers.
I have not seen an endless list of rules except they are strict on the alcohol policy - basically only alcohol purchased on-site may be drunk in the public area. The continental breakfast is a bit of a let down - help yourself to some greasy knives, massive pots of spreads (jam, apricot, marmalade and peanut butter) and bread slices and cereals.
The "hotel" also do scooter rental at around $35 a day plus insurance - we did not use it, but this would work out cheaper than taxis if you need to have more than two taxi trips. There is a bus stop outside where the local bus stops every hour.
The site is a good 10 minutes walk from the beach - no views to be enjoyed here and is also close to the crocodile park - 7 minutes walk.
I'm glad to have stayed here - just bear in mind you may be mixing with backpackers (not that is an issue with me but don't expect 4* attire/attitude).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lonely Planet’s Top Choice in Accommodation for 2012 and 2013!Situated just 250m from the famous Cable Beach, our contemporary stylish backpackers resort offers total luxury at an affordable price, making it a holiday makers paradise! Dorm, private and en-suite rooms are available, with free breakfast and a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Stay with us and experience the ultimate in backpackers resort accommodation - we guarantee to forever change your view of budget travel!Spend a few nights, not a fortune... that's our motto. ... more less
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