Also known as Cervantes Lodge, this seems to be a welcome alternative to what appears to be a very limited choice of possibly over-priced hotel rooms for those wishing to view the Pinnacles in their glory at sunset (which I can highly recommend if the weather’s with you). It does bill itself as a backpacker’s retreat and the rooms are fairly basic although they do have some newer ensuites available. We stayed in a smallish room with two sets of bunks, one with a double base, a small cupboard, table and chair, and bedside cabinet – nothing fancy. Beds were clean and fairly comfortable but if you happen to be travelling with small children be advised that these metal-framed bunks are likely to result in bumped heads and tears unless you have unnaturally inactive kids. Also, the top bunks don’t have guard-rails so they would be unsuitable for young children.
Toilets and showers are located down the corridor toward the kitchen and lounge area, and there is a laundry adjacent. Everything seems to operate off $2 coins, which you can get from reception during office hours, including washing machines, 15-min internet access, and vending machines. Toilets and showers appeared clean but there are only a couple available at any one time. Toilet paper was the cheap one-ply rubbish on rolls in gravity dispensers with minute slots that have you fiddling around with your fingers trying to find the end and tease out enough so as to end up with more than one sheet whilst the weight of the rolls above challenges your manual dexterity and the position of the toilet seat (which was made from plastic almost as thin as the paper) ensures that your practice at being a contortionist is well and truly tested. Washbasins don’t have mixer taps and the hot water was scalding. A communal hand towel is provided (no towels in the room rate). I thought the bathroom set-up was bizarre.
The kitchen/dining area was much better, well-equipped with complimentary tea & milk, large fridge space and pigeon-holes for dry goods. I can imagine it might become a bit fraught with a full house but as there were only two other couples and a solo traveller there at the same time as us we experienced no problems. There are two gas hobs with four burners each, one microwave and toaster, and one sink unit. The owners seem very keen on recycling and the number of different bins for different materials could be quite confusing – it certainly makes you think about what you throw away. A small office with one computer terminal is adjacent and the TV lounge was well-stocked with books, magazines, games, toys and tourist info.
The location was quiet and there were no noisy neighbours during our one-night stay. Little street-lighting permits starry skies to be viewed and we even glimpsed three kangaroos hopping down the road in single file. Overall, I was quite satisfied with the place for $75 overnight plus $10 returnable key deposit, despite the oddities of the toilets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Custom-designed and purpose-built boutique holiday accommodation with something for every travel budget. Ocean view deluxe rooms - budget double/twin rooms - backpacker dorms plus self contained 3-bedroom apartment with private balcony & ocean views. Nestled into the coastal dunes we enjoy a wonderfully quiet natural bushland location just 17k from the world famous Pinnacles Desert. 3 times winner of the WA Tourism Award Cervantes Lodge is also a WA Tourism Hall of Fame winner. Just 1k from local shops, cafes and restaurants and entrance to our world class public golf course. Great bushwalking while surrounded by national parks. Fabulous wildflowers and top location for windsurfing and kitesurfing. ... more less
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