Katherine Gorge is really a must see on any trip to the outback, and the vast distances between towns mean you pretty much need to bunk down in Katherine overnight. Katherine is a perfectly nice town and streets better than one or two other places you may find yourself in your travels in this part of the world, but the accommodation is nothing to write home about. We chose the Katherine Motel and were generally happy with it. We never received a confirmation of our booking so we were a little nervous, but it all turned out well. A young boy was in charge of the main office and he checked us in smoothly, and gave us directions and tips on eateries, etc. He was quite poised and I liked him, in fact he and his mother were both really nice and one of the good points of the Motel. The rooms were basic but clean and the bathrooms were decent. They seem to do a brisk business and the place was full. The people next to our unit sat outside drinking beer and smoking, and left their empties on the table outside our unit, which wasn't so nice, a little unnecessary and impolite. They also parked their large vehicle in the spaces reserved for our units, which was gratuitous and selfish. It's no judgment on the owners but you get a real mix of clientele here, the fine and the crass. There were also perfectly nice people in evidence, taking their children to the small pool, minding their own business, etc. We had dinner at the restaurant/bar on site, which was cosy and pleasant. It had an outdoor seating area but we went inside to watch the olympics on their telly, which the kids enjoyed. The man at the bar was friendly and the food was simple and good, especially after a long hike at the gorge. In the middle of the night we were woken by some local aboriginal people screaming and carrying on behind the motel. it went on for quite some time. My husband closed the window and turned up the A/C, and we eventually got back to sleep. We were later told that this can be a scam to lure tourists out to be robbed, but we will never know. The owners were again very pleasant on check out and gave us good advice for getting breakfast as their restaurant is not open in the morning. (Go to Coffee Club, quite busy and brisk with decent brekka). Overall we are happy we stayed here and wish the owners well, but just be aware there are a few slightly sleazy and inconsiderate types around and adjust your expectations and responses accordingly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located, the Katherine Motel is the perfect base for exploring the many surrounding attractions, including Nitmiluk National Park, which is only 25km away, as well as all the town has to offer. Located next to the Katherine Oasis shopping centre and just off Katherine's main street, all your shopping needs are only moments away. The local art galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues are all within walking distance. Equally, you can relax within the Katherine Motel grounds, making use of our beautiful saltwater tropical pool, unwinding after a long day exploring in the beer garden or on-site bar, or enjoying a delicious meal freshly prepared from our a la carte menu. If you prefer to simply make use of the facilities available in your room then we can bring dinner to you, whilst you watch TV or make use of our free wifi. Our friendly and welcoming staff is here to provide you with an enjoyable stay and we can also assist you with organising any excursions or day-trips to the surrounding areas. We are also one of the few dog-friendly properties in the area, although conditions do apply so please get in touch for further details. We have a variety of rooms, with some family and interconnecting rooms available. ... more less
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