I noted a previous comment about the rudeness of the owner and was pleased to see learn that I am not the only person who has experienced his total indifference to his customers.
Having said that, my wife and I have stayed there over night for some years on our way to Byron Bay. The owner acquired a lovely B&B next door a few years ago and added the rooms to the Motel. I suggest you ask for one of these when you book.
All rooms are very clean, well presented and represent the best value in Sawtell.