As one of the other reviewers said, 'like a cross between a hostel and a motel'. This is a modest, friendly, convenient, great little place, perfectly fine for winding down, a comfy night and meeting fellow travelers if you want. It's also a great choice if you are keen to self cater, which can be a good idea in exy-mouth. Prices all over the joint are a little blown out of the water by miners on danger money, including at this place, but by comparison with the majority of other options Ningaloo Lodge offers some value.
The biggest plus was the comfy beds - not your stock standard hard hotel bed thank God! Turning off the fridge and aircon overnight cuts the noise to acceptable levels, and having your shower in the morning rather than evening will reduce the need to go in and out of a wet bathroom; - the showers are not enclosed, just a curtain around them so the floor tends to get pretty wet, though rest assured it does dry pretty fast in Exmouth weather.
There's a laundry you can use after the hotel have done all their washing (after 12) and it's nice to see the sheets drying out on the line so generally the place smells ok, rather than infused with petrochemical deodorants and perfumes.
The kitchen and dining area is a big room with pretty much all you need including plenty of freezer space for re-freezing your ice blocks. The fridge door gasket was on the way out so using the mini fridge in your room might be an idea. You'll have to content with Aussie washing up standards with all the utensils, and the tea towels are about the most hydrophobic I've tried! Probably has something to do with the local water. Exmouth water is foul (full of calcium) - buying your own is recommended (apparently kidney/gall stones are common amoung long-term residents). There are also benches and tables and a BBQ in the nice little courtyard, under the palms, beside the little but decent enough pool.
The staff are good, friendly, down to earth Aussies. Accommodating, honest, laid back and helpful. If you need to leave your bags they'll tell you they'll be fine in the communal living room, and they probably will be but you can always use a padlock if you worry.
NL is very central, which is handy in a sprawly old town - the little shopping area is in easy walking distance, just a block or two away (hot walk though!). There's also some good food at the Caravan Park just opposite (walk around the block to get to the main entry and the restaurant/EXCELLENT Gelati bar.
I wish there were more places like this around the country (perhaps at more reasonable prices though...).
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