Some previous reviews of the Monte Pio Motro Inn have commented on the need for this property to be refurbished. I stayed there for five nights in March 2012 and the much-needed refurbishment has commenced with seven rooms so far completed. I stayed in a refurbished room and the carpet, furnishings and bathroom were all modern. However, the toilet seat was loose (mentioned in a previous review) but the co-owner, Athol, told me the toilets are to be replaced as part of the refurbishment program. The toilets are of the old non-dual flush type. The room service staff forgot to replace the shampoo and tissues but otherwise the servicing was acceptable. My room was upstairs and on the New England Highway side of the building - there was some truck noise but it did not bother me unduly as I had the windows closed. If the weather had been warmer i would have used the split-system air-conditioning unit to enable the windows to be kept shut.
Contrary to some previous reviews I found the dining room service to be very good. I was staying with a large group of railway engineers and, as a result, the property was booked out on two nights. The engineering group booked out the restaurant on one night but the service was speedy and food well cooked. There was a good range of wines available. On the Saturday night I was booked with a group of about 12 people and I asked the waiter if I could have something that did not take too long to prepare as I wanted to watch the Queensland election coverage on TV. I was amazed that within 10 minutes I had a roast on the table in front of me - very speedy service and the meal was well cooked. Monte Pio's restaurant does not normally open on Sundays but the co-owner, Athol, was happy to open the restaurant for our group of around six people and provide a limited menu. Not all properties would bother to offer that servce.
No mention is made on the dinner menu of any special provision for diabetics or ceoliacs - this is something that is coming to be expected in Australia in the 21st century.
The buffet breakfast was fine - perhaps a second toaster could ease the bottleneck when the dining room is busy and fresh fruit, rather than tinned fruit, would be appreciated.
As per previous comments the carpet in the dining room and foyer needs replacing.
The property is two story and the absence of a lift would cause problems for those of limited agility. However, installation of a lift would be very expensive in an old building such as this one. There are downstairs rooms and I would recommend those of limited agility request a downstairs room if booking ahead. Some modifications would be needed to the dining room access and ground floor rooms to make the Monte Pio suitable for disabled person acess.
Our group used the conference room at the motel and the projector, microphone and other equipment all worked perfectly.
The check-in and check-out service was speedy and friendly.
No internet facilties are provided but with the advent of smart phones it is becoming debatable as to whether such facilties will be used much within the next five years or so. No wi-fi access is provided and this issue will need adressing if the property wants to attract a wider market.
There is ample car parking if front of the building and the property is a 10 minute walk to Telarah railway station which is served by suburban trains to Newcastle.
Overall, I found my stay at the Monte Pio pleasant but I did have a refurbished room. An inspection of the non-refurbished rooms indicates that they are due for a refurbishment.
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