We stayed here two nights. Our small motel unit was clean and well supplied with good lush towels. It was a nuisance not having a kitchen sink when you have a toaster and kettle. The "kitchen bench" was about as wide as the small bar fridge plus a little underbench cupboard about 30cm wide. There was barely room to do your toast. Without a sink you had to fill your jug for tea and coffee from the bathroom sink, which was only just high enough to fit the jug spout underneath. There was also not much cutlery either.
The bed was reasonably comfortable but one side seemed damaged and sank down a bit.
The staff were noticeable by their absence...which might be a good thing.
For the money we paid, it was reasonable because of the pool. However, I don't know why proprietors close their pools so early though. After a long day touring it means eating quite late if you want to squeeze in swim before they close the pool. The pool was lovely in the evenings and there was a special supply of lovely towels just for the pool area. One of the reasons I chose this motel was that the guy at reception told me over the phone that there was a spa. Well he didn't tell me you had to put a dollar in to make it go, and he didn't mention that it wasn't working properly. The only bubbles present were supplied via a thin line of holes to the fore of the seat. There was no way to get any jets going in this spa, and the bubbles were totally ineffective. I was very disappointed by this. One of the biggest problems with the pool and spa is that they are a real health risk due to having no ladders with handles to get in and out of the pool. You have to step from the edge down onto the step below ground level and the whole area is a bit slippery.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Melbourne end of Mount Gambier's main street, the Golden Chain Arkana Motor & Terrace Apartments offer comfortable, quality motel and apartment accommodation for a relaxed stay in the Blue Lake City. Catering for all travellers, we have standard single motel rooms through to deluxe 2 bedroom self contained units with spa baths - all at a price to suit your pocket. Take a dip in our indoor heated pool, watch free cable TV in your room or take a short stroll to the South Eastern Bistro for a superb meal. We also offer beautifully cooked or continental breakfasts delivered to your room. The Golden Chain Arkana Motor & Terrace Apartments is your number one choice for accommodation in Mount Gambier. ... more less
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