In my life I have driven through Karuah on the way north more times than I know. Until the bypass went in a few years back, it was more a chore than a joy. A good friends party gave me reason to actually stay in Karuah for the first time and I am so glad I chose this hotel. Maryanne is the host and she was welcoming and very friendly. Karuah is a very small town and she pointed out the local facilities as well as how to get to the party venue.
The room itself was very clean and modern. The alarm clock had an integrated dock tor the iPhone that let you play and charge it. A large flat screen TV in the room with perfect digital reception and pay channels to choose from. Ground coffee and a plunger was on offer. The bed was firm and sheets all really clean. I have stayed in international chains where the rooms have not been as well appointed.
The bathroom in my suite (6) was very small. But being by myself for 1 night wasn't a drama. I would even be happy to stay a few nights if I was exploring the area. It had all the personal cleaning amenities you need if you have forgotten to bring some and the water pressure and shower head where great for a morning after soak.
If you are staying in Karuah and you like them, fresh oysters from the shed of the local oyster farmers is a must have. They are the best oysters (in my opinion). Have a beer at the Karuah Motor Yacht Club on the northern side of the river it is right on the water and very peacful.
I did not try the meals, so can't comment on them. But other little things that I liked where the free WiFi to the room, parking close to the room and the neat gardens. The highway is no longer busy so no traffic noise.
This hotel was great value and I am happy to recommend it to you if you are wanting to stay in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Karuah Motor Inn is a quiet resting place to recuperate from your day's journey or the ideal place to base yourself for that relaxing holiday. Within a few minutes of the Pacific Highway, in the centre of town, the Karuah Motor Inn provides convenient motel accommodation only 200 metres from the waters of Port Stephens and a short stroll to shops, food outlets and the RSL club.Karuah Motor Inn is the only motel in town to offer HOT & COLD BREAKFAST. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karuah Motor Inn Port Stephens