Some of my other articles describe places, events, travel, and a few places to eat. This article deals only with accommodations. With one exception, most of the rooms were very comfortable, especially the beds, and had a small refrigerator. Service was usually friendly and competent. The prices were high in the middle of summer, but tipping is not expected. Recommendations are a “yes” or “no”.
Sydney – Mercure Airport
This was recently modernized, with reasonably sized rooms and good furnishings. Good for a night’s stay for a very early or late flight. Yes.
See my article on Ayer’s Rock Resort. Yes.
Alice Springs – Chifley Resort
This was a very impressive chain establishment, with excellent service. The room was nice, good free wi-fi, nice swimming pool, and a good restaurant. Full breakfast was included, and was excellent except for machine coffee instead of the real thing. Yes.
Apollo Bay – Sandpiper
The ‘luxury’ suite was so designated because it had a two-person spa, which did not work. It had limited cooking facilities and a small outdoor ‘picnic’ area. No breakfast was included. No.
Portland – Mariner Motel
Broadband instead of wi-fi, but pleasant. Yes.
Robe – Guichen Bay Motel
The room was well laid out, and the wi-fi was good. Parking was outside the door, with easy walking to the beach. Our friendly host, Dave, served cooked breakfast (two eggs, toast and lots of English bacon) to our room for $10. Free wi-fi; near downtown. Yes.
Adelaide – Paringa Motel
Other than the low downtown price, all services were extra, including wi-fi and parking. The room was tiny and stark. There is an off-license next door, a good Asian restaurant next to that, and many other eateries and shops close by. No.
Port Douglas – Mantra Hotel
We stayed a second night due to the excellent facilities and location: in the trendy downtown area, and a five-minute walk from where you catch the reef tours. There are a number of fine restaurants, but Dave’s Takeout Fish and Chips was surprisingly good. Breakfast and wi-fi are not included. Yes.
The Rainforest Hideaway is a unique accommodation; highly recommended.
Cairns – Queenslander
Three blocks from the Esplanade, a lovely walk to the main shopping district, and five minutes by car from the airport. No free wi-fi. The apartment had good cooking facilities and eating area, a small veranda, and good TV. The continental breakfast was $14.50, but about what you get in cheap motels in the U.S. Yes.
Hervey Bay – Comfort Inn
An easy walk to beach, okay for the money. Very weak but free wi-fi. Yes.
Fraser Island – Kingfisher Bay Resort
Expensive, but quite nice. Bathtub had no shower curtain. Watch out for hidden charges, especially the ferry. Yes.
Coffs Harbour – Bentleigh Motor Inn
A tiny room, but oddly the best shower stall. Excellent free wi-fi. Yes.
Kurrara Historic Guest House has a great host and is close to many sights in the Blue Mountains. It is elegant and quaint, with excellent wi-fi included, a decanter of port, and a nice continental breakfast. Highly recommended.
Katoomba Mountain Lodge offered a spacious, attractive room, underground parking, and a spa/sauna. However, TV reception was sporadic, the wi-fi only worked in the common spaces, and staff seemed unconcerned. The “continental” breakfast was more like a desert island. No.
Sydney – Haven Inn
Glebe is an upscale suburb within a couple of kilometers of downtown. The rooms are tiny, and very noisy on the street front. Underground parking and shower stalls are good, but no breakfast or wi-fi available. Yes.