Perhaps other reviewers have not stayed at many motels along the considerably remote north east coast, but I have and this was by far the best.
Staff were at reception when I dropped in with no booking due to bad weather around 9pm. I was amazed. I was scared and upset and was made comfortable by a complete stranger. I felt so glad that such nice people are still around.
I was pleasantly surprised to find my single booking only cost 110 and had wireless.
I entered the room to find it very well kept - it is obviously cleaned thoroughly regularly, which is not as common in north Queensland as one might hope.
Additionally I found that some thought andeffort had been put into the colour choices of the room. Nice dark blues, beige and bright clean white with warm timbers created the calming atmosphere I needed. The comfortable bed and modern air conditioning helped me to get the good sleep I needed. This high level of thought regarding atmosphere is very uncommon among old motels. Even their newly built competitors in the region have not done so well.
It is old, but it sets a standard of the level of comfort that can be achieved with the old style basic motels.
The car park is easily accessed even with large vehicles, and anyone who considers it a haul to roll their luggage a maximum of 10 meters needs to move more. You can even park out of the rain while at reception.
Definitely the best place in Innisfail.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barrier Reef Motel is AAA rated at 3.5 star and is ideally located between Cairns and Townsville. The motel has a fully licensed restaurant and bar with lounge area.... and is the place to stay in Innisfail. The rooms are modern and air conditioned to ensure a comfortable stay. Internet access is available in all rooms and at reception. Guest laundry, cable TV and swimming pool are some of the facilities available to enjoy. ... more less
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