Wow – what a makeover. I am referring to the transformation of the former Boyds and Isa Hotels in Mount Isa. As a fairly regular visitor to Isa over many years, I was shocked that I was unaware of the changes that have occurred.
A bit of history – I remember as a young cowboy in the late 60’s walking in to the bar at Boyds during the Isa Rodeo. The image will stay with me forever – there was a full-on brawl in progress in the bar with bodies on the floor and the crowd yelling for more – literally, like something from Dante’s inferno. I bolted, and have not been through the doors since, until my recent visit when my usual hostlery was fully booked. What a stroke of luck!
Back to the present – the refurbishment has been top class and very tastefully done. My room was well fitted out with a patio overlooking the Isa mine – it was 40 degrees so it did not get a lot of use on this occasion. Fronting the street was not a problem as traffic noise was zero. The room was large, with a good bed and fittings, a large flat screen TV, a good shower and air-conditioning. All major boxes ticked. Importantly, the room and bathroom were spotless.
I wondered about the cuisine as Isa is a long way from anywhere but they have it covered – the Redearth Restaurant is well laid out and has a good ambience with a menu that seems to have something for everybody, staffed by keen, efficient kids that were on the ball. I chose the Barramundi - a good call with a tasty Risotto and salad, preceded by grilled scallops. Enjoyable with a chilled quaffer!
Breakfast was a walk through to the Isa Hotel next door - no problems.
I HAVE A NEW HOME WHEN IN ISA!
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