The best thing about this Best Western is its location – a stone’s throw to the airport and a very short stroll to Readings Cinema and Sugarlands Shopping Centre (which has recently been expanded). And it is one of the better motels in Bundaberg.
We have stayed here before, a few years back when this motel was quite new, but it seemed better last time. We had Room 7, which was fortunately on the ground floor (my preference as we have luggage to haul) but it was designed as a disabled room.
As such there was no shower cubicle, rather the open style shower and a curtain. This always means that water goes everywhere, and with the slippery floor tiles and no safety grips it really is an OH&S incident about to happen. It also means the toilet didn’t have a lid (my pet hate as every toilet should have a lid that’s kept closed when not in use). There was also virtually no shelving in the bathroom, making it awkward to juggle beauty products. Quite frankly this disabled room just made me feel old. And I didn’t like that at all.
It’s also a shame that they have turned they gymnasium into a store room and it’s now unavailable to guests, although there is a pool, albeit small, that should keep the kids occupied provided you supervise them.
On the plus side, our room was pleasant enough and had a nice wide screen LCD TV. There did seem to be a bigger than usual ‘push’ for us to delve into the mini bar which was scattered in various locations around the room, the most insidious a $3 500m bottle of water next to each side of the bed.
They do offer room service breakfast, and have a d’Arcy’s restaurant for dinner (which can be delivered to your room without a delivery charge) which offers a nice spread of simple fair including a daily set menu of $30 for 2 courses or $35 for all 3. And there’s also a fairly decent and cost effective wine list: the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and McWilliams Hanwood Shiraz being the stand outs. The owners certainly are doing their best to ensure any sustenance needs are met.
Last time we stayed it must have had a lower occupancy as the noise was the real issue for us this time. With the garbage truck passing noisily by at 6am, and guests in the full motel starting to leaving periodically from 6.30am (slamming car doors and boots) I think we will need to look somewhere quieter. And whilst the room compendium clearly states that room cleaning does not commence until 8.30pm, we did hear a vacuum cleaner around 7am. Oh, and on that note, we noticed the carpets were sticky and in need of a steam clean.
If you want a good location close to the airport and it’s the off season or you’re not worried about noise then it’s a good choice.
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