Friendly owner "James" was helpful and made us feel welcome. The location was excellent accross the road from a great beach for swimming.
The family room was clean and reasonably appointed with flat screen TV and Austar that children enjoyed at night time. Doonah covers may require more regular laundering. The kitchen is stocked with cutlery, dinner set and salt and pepper. A bar size fridge was big enough and a good size kitchen table to eat meals.
The bathrooms are very average and I understand that they will be renovated during the year. There were very limited bathroom toiletries included. There is a shampoo dispenser in the shower and I would not recommend using this especially if you have long hair - it feels like paint stripper! There is no conditioner and there is liquid soap in the dispenser that was adequate but not great, along with one ply toilet paper. An upgrade of the toiletries is necessary to take it from backpacker hostel to motel. We were glad for the hair dryer that was supplied.
The highlight for our stay was the outside area, it is delightful with awesome couches to relax on along with a BBQ that is very clean. The pool is also great for swimming and the heated spa added to the resort feel of the outside area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motel Marengo is a small independent family owned and run motel set back in a quiet area of Apollo Bay, but still maintaining easy access for guests with its Great Ocean Road location. The motel offers comfortable well equipped 1 and 2 bedroom suites, sleeping 2 to 5 guests. All the units contain Kitchenette's with fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery and cutlery adjacent to a dining area. The property boasts a lush tropical pool area with heated spa nearby to a BBQ / Picnic area and an abundance of colourful native birds.Other inclusions at the hotel are as follows :- FREE Foxtel Cable TV (platinum) package with over 100 channels including 10 complimentary Movie channels and Sports channels- FREE Wifi, FREE Wetsuit Hire and Body Boards (Beach is located 3 minutes walk)- FREE Board games for any rainy days during your stay- FREE DVD Library (*DVD player surcharge $10 for entire stay)- FREE guest BBQ ....And lastly but we think most importantly...we can give you great tourist advice to let you know what the highlights of the area are, the nicest walks, the biggest waterfalls, where to spot wildlife, the best viewing points for sunset and sunrise. We can also provide you with local maps at no extra charge, and having toured the local area extensively ourselves we can also offer advice on other areas you maybe intending to visit after your stay in Apollo Bay to make sure you make the most of your time in this beautiful region of ours. ****** We recommend that before you book online, you check out our direct website as we can offer lower prices by selling direct to the public, more room options which are unavailable to online agents and better booking conditions giving you greater flexibility with your travel plans ******* ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Motel Marengo Apollo Bay/Great Ocean Road