The unfortunate reality is that $180 a night is about as cheap as it gets in Port Hedland. Still, I think it’s time the owners had a go at renovating the rooms. It’s all pretty ‘60’s and for not much more, you can stay at the Ibis up the road which is a lot more modern, right on the sea-front and has what looks to be a lively bar and restaurant attached (I’ve never availed myself of those facilities).
You may have guessed that good air conditioning is important in Port Hedland, particularly in December. Annoyingly, the room I had still had one of those noisy and ineffective old box-style air conditioners. What’s more, I think it was an evaporative air conditioner, because I could hear water constantly trickling through it. Evaporative air conditioners are not suitable for the tropics for what should be obvious reasons. I drove to the Kmart in South Hedland and bought a $12 fan which was just as effective as the air conditioner and a lot quieter.
Although the free WI-FI was welcome and it worked pretty well, it was kind of irritating having to sign in every time I wanted to use it. Other places usually require you to sign in once and it doesn’t matter then if you switch off your phone, tablet or computer – you’re still connected the next time you switch on again. Not so at this place.
I wouldn’t say it’s the cleanest motel I’ve ever stayed in; the toilet bowl had significant dark grey stains, suggesting that it has only ever really had a quick brush and wipe by time-harried cleaners. I was also mildly disgusted to find several hairs on the bed clothes – something I’ve only ever seen in cheap American motels. They were definitely not mine. Okay, maybe they got there accidentally when the chambermaid was changing the linen, but that sort of lack of attention to detail should only ever be witnessed in truly budget accommodation. It’s not good enough at this price and it suggests that either the chambermaids aren’t paid enough time to do a decent job, or they just can’t be bothered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean the Hospitality Inn is located just over 3km from the Port Hedland Centre, We offer comfort and country hospitality with spacious, affordable and well appointed rooms. After a delicious breakfast in our 'Pilbara Room', relax around the swimming pool, with playground and BBQ area to enjoy that casual meal, or spend the day exploring the local sights of Port Hedland and surrounding areas. For nature lovers, whales and nesting flat back turtles can be easily seen when in season and Karijini National Park is within comfortable driving distance. After your day's adventure, enjoy a quiet drink in our cocktail bar before enjoying a pleasant dining experience in our fully licensed a La Carte restaurant the 'Pilbara Room' . Whatever you choose, we'll endeavour to make it easy for you. Your host at Hospitality Inn Port Hedland, our Manager Iian Wilkinson and his friendly efficient staff are always very happy to help you on your way with all information on tours, facilities available, and any questions you may have to make your stay with us enjoyable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Port Hedland