The hotel is situated on the banks of the mighty Clarence river and the ground level river view motel rooms (ask for these when booking) live up to their promise - the broad reaches of the river are serene in the early morning and home to the whisper quiet single and quad skulls from the local rowing club.
The riverview rooms are older style but refurbished and include a microwave, kettle and toaster, as well as the iusual fridge, tea/coffee, air con. and TV. The toiletries were a nice inclusion and the linen crisp. The rooms open on to a small individual patio and larger grass area where you can sit and enjoy the morning and afternoon vistas. Yes, you can hear next door's shower but it was not really obtrusive.
The bistro is only open for breakfast on a Saturday (gloriously situated) otherwise it is a 'take away' tray the night before. This did not bother us and there is a brilliant cafe/restaurant (refurbished old home) in the riverside park opposite the hotel. Breakfast here was truly excellent as were the offerings from 'Toast' a 5 minute walk away.
If big city sleek or absolute modernity is what you are after, the Crown River view rooms are not for you. However, for the modest sum of $95 per night (room breakfast - cereal, bread for toasting and pre-packaged fruit $15) they offer excellent 'motel' value. We are seasoned international travellers and would stay there again.
Other rooms are available including accommodation in the hotel itself. The main shopping area and cinema (very well worth visiting as it has been returned to it's original glory) are also within reasonable walking distance. The motel is slightly separate from the hotel (which we did not sample due to other commitments) and we were not in any way disturbed by hotel 'noise'. The motel does not have a pool if this is a consideration.