I stayed in this Motor Inn in January 2003 when my daughter was born in the Lismore Base Hospital nearby. it was a cheap, tidy, convenient option. Six years later, upon my return, I thought I would stay again for old times' sake. I wasn't sure it was the same place when I drove in. The new proprietors had taken something very plain and serviceable and transformed it into a boutique accommodation retreat that would happily blend into the Greek Islands, Italy or many of the other Mediterranean beauty spots I have visited. My host Michael was gracious and warm with a ready smile. My room was situated behind a palm-fringed garden dining area from whence issued laughter and merriment to the clink of wine glasses, and friendly 'hellos'. The gentlemen who run the place have an excellent eye for decor with quiet elegance, plus all the practical elements of air conditioning, TV, well-appointed and clean tiled wet areas, and a minibar that was difficult to resist. Had I stayed longer I would have availed myself of the breakfast and dining options that promised much if the rest of the experience was any indication. The gardens deserve comment. They are festooned with a variety of mature palms and other tropical ornamentals, with the scent of flowering gardenias wafting through my windows. The entire enterprise reeked of fastidious standards and perfect laid-back service in a superb setting. All this for just over $100. I'd have gladly paid more. Well done, and I'll be back as Arnie S was wont to say.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stuart and Dianne,hosts of the Dawson Motor Inn are proud to have you stay with us.Our first-rate facilities and affordable accommodation will make your time in Lismore, be it business or leisure, relaxing and comfortable. The Dawson Motor Inn is Lismore's most popular motel and in a quiet location.Our 21 modern, clean, and all ground level units include Studio Rooms, Family Rooms and Executive Suites, all with off street parking right outside your room. All of our motel rooms have en-suite, reverse cycle air, dining table, writing desk, mini-bar, FREE wireless broadband and much more.With a refreshing salt-water pool & BBQ we'll make you feel right at home.FREE Fast Wi-Fi, FREE Guest Laundry, FREE use of BBQ at Pool, spotlessly clean, quiet at night, walk to CBD, home cooked Room Service Breakfast and Dinners. Voted 1 of 10 in Lismore.All of our units are 3.5 Star AAA rated, and we are situated on the edge of the CBD and only half an hour away from the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay and Ballina.Come and enjoy the natural beauty of the untouched Rainbow Region and pristine beaches of Byron Bay and Ballina. STUDIO ROOMAll rooms have a comfortable queen size bed, or queen and single bed, modern, dining table and chairs, writing desk and en-suite bathroom.Reverse cycle air conditioning, high-speed wireless internet access available FREE, Austar Pay TV (free), ISD/STD direct telephones. FREE Fast Wi-Fi, FREE Guest Laundry, FREE use of BBQ at Pool, spotlessly clean, quiet at night, walk to CBD, home cooked Room Service Breakfast and Dinners. Voted 1 of 10 in Lismore.In room mini bar, iron / board, toaster, hair dryer, tea / coffee, clock radio. Microwaves available.FAMILY ROOMFamily Rooms are very spacious rooms with separate lounge-room and bedroom, interconnecting bathroom, views to pool and palms. Dining table. 2 TV's. Queen- size bed in bedroom, single bed and a double pull-out sofa bed in lounge room, porta cot available. ... more less
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