Having stayed here back in the 60/70's spouse and self reserved overnight while attending an evening function at nearby Matakana. We had favourable memories of in-house Grumpy's Steak Restaurant and the 'by reservation only' full-house it often enjoyed. In those days Grumpy's was used for the motel breakfasts also.
Welcomed by the lady of the house we learned with sadness and disappointment that Grumpy's is no more, that other catering lessees have since been in, and out, with the kitchen and diner now locked, barred and bolted. Breakfast is no longer available at the motel.
At my suggestion that as the diner is closed no doubt the extensive bar is also shut, barred and bolted things looked up considerably. Mine Host came up trumps, took me to the closed bar and provided tipples to take to our unit. A welcoming welcome and our thanks for this service with a smile.
Our 1 x b/roomed unit was comfortable and warm for the one-night and the upgraded bathroom was very good. I do wish many other motels would copy and remove the water-guzzling bath/spa as has been done here - with a modern shower now installed.
As one may expect, some of the 1960/70's construction remain leaving benefits which once were normal elsewhere. Concrete block sound-reducing walls here are so unlike the modern day motel/hotel internal walls which allow the slightest noise to be heard from the next unit, and in the next unit.
Mine lady-host recommended a town dairy venue for breakfast - which we readily accepted for an early(ish) Sunday departure. At $9.50 pp for a fry-up - incl. coffee/tea, at said dairy we were not complaining. Our thanks for the recommendation - and for allowing yourself to be inconvenienced to retrieve the tipples.
Don't worry about the restaurant being closed for the RSA is a short stroll away for evening me...
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30 June 2012
Thank you for your review. Yes times have changed from the hey days of grumpys.much more choice now in the town.and its only a stroll in for nice resturants
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