Great hotel, set back on the hill behind Dog Rock, with rows of rooms as far as they eye can see. Both the exterior design of the motel and, indeed, the decor of our room was distinctly 70s - you know, all expoed bricks and floral bathroom tiles! - but in a kinda 'retro cool' way. It looks like the exterior of the place has had something of a makeover sometime quite recently (it was definitely very neatly presented fro mthe outside) and I read in an earlier review that they're in the process of renovating the rooms - no small process Iimagine, since I think I recall seeing room 80-something! Kind of a shame in a way... I really came to like tohe retro look of the place :)
Our room was really big, more than enough space to comfortably house for three adults in seperate beds. There was a cool retro table and chairs, great air-con and a good quality flatscreen tele. Also had a little kitchenette-type space with all the usual hotel room accoutrement, plus a little breakfast bar, some funky retro tiles and a giant closet with the most hilarious brass-painted bricks inside. I can just imagine what it must've looked like back in the day - the whole room would've been plastered from one end to the other with brass-coloured exposed bricks and cream shag-pile carpet!
Everything about the place was ultra-clean - includin the cleanest bathroom I've ever seen in any hotel anywhere! Serious, even though it was clearly no a new bathroom, it was so very very clean. The room, the grounds, the reception, the breakfast room, everything about the place was as neat as a pin.
We had breakfast in the Lime 303 dining room - a huge bain-marie shin dig with a whopping great selection of virtually anything you could want to include in your Full English. At $18.50 I initially thought it was a tad on the pricey side but when I saw how much food there was, and given the lush surrounds, I figured my first world problems were nothing to moan about! :)
Check-in and check-out were as easy as they could possibly be and the staff were all very efficient. The chap in the morning wasn't quite as bubly as the lady who'd checked us in the night before, but still nothing for us to grumble about.
The hotel had (what I think was) a free laundry too - I didn't use it coz it was too late, but it didn't look like it required coins. Could be wrong on that, but either way - I've actually not found too many hotels in Australia with a guest laundry. Small things amuse small minds :)
One of Albany's top restaurants, Lime 303, is attached to the hotel. Didn't eat there as we were kinda aiming for a "holiday on a budget", but the menu looked awesome. Apparently they're almost always booked out and I spoke to a local who said the restaurant has a great rep in Albany.
Great location too - right opposite the actual Dog Rock (oddly enough) and only a minute or two on foot to the top of York Street, the main street of Albany. Loads of local amenities at your doorstep and a small shopping centre with a Woolworths supermarket right across the street.
Next time I'm in Albany, I'll definitely be staying at the Dog Rock again!
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