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Address: Stuart Highway / 0850 / Katherine / Northern Territory / Australia

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      28.07.2009 16:58
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      Basic clean motel for a couple of nights stay

      KATHERINE: We were staying in Katherine overnight before our trip down the Katherine gorge and we did drive through Katherine on the way to our motel. Katherine is not a big town and there is not a lot there, a supermarket and a few shops etc. Apparently they have a lot of problems with alcoholism with the Aboriginal people hanging around inebriated which also results in fights. The Australian government and local communities are trying to clear up this problem by restricting the purchase of alcohol. This is a big problem for the Australian people and indeed the Aborigine people who have lost their pride in their way of life and also not become part of the mainstream Australian population by having a job. They are neither one nor the other and have fallen between the two cultures which is a very sad situation and it is causing major problems in some areas of Australia. It is something that is going to take a few generations combined with a lot of positive action on the part of the Aboriginal communities and the Australian government to solve I fear. THE ALL SEASONS : If you would like see photographs then this is the motel website: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3112-all-seasons-katherine/room.shtml The All Seasons Motel - part of the Accure group. It was just outside the town of Katherine on the Stuart Highway ,this was a motel and is in an area with few facilities so we were not expecting a luxury hotel and in fact we were surprised by this motel in a good way as it happens. There are 100 rooms in the motel complex which is all on ground floor level. They have apparently got 10 family rooms and four rooms for people with reduced mobility which presumably meant an adapted bathroom as the normal ones were quite small. THE ROOMS : The rooms were VERY basic they were described as 'comfortable' in the brochure . There was a double bed with clean bedding and ample pillows, the wardrobe was tiny, the kettle area next to this was adequate with tea bags, coffee, sugar and mini milk for these drinks in a small fridge underneath. The room had a huge sliding door/window out on to the car park area which was fine except for the fact that if the curtains were open to let in the light then EVERYBODY could see straight into and through the entire room. This was not the sort of room where you would relax with a beer and takeaway meal, not even lie on your bed and relax without the curtain drawn. However we were only there one night so it was simply a place to sleep for the night. There was air conditioning in the room which was fortunate as we did need it as it was extremely hot. THE BATHROOM: The bathroom was okay; it was tiny but functional with a shower toilet and small basin - not great but clean and functional if rather small and dark - there was no window so the only light was artificial but there was a hairdryer which was useful. THE GROUNDS AND SETTING: The rest of the motel grounds and facilities were surprisingly good. There was a pleasant outdoor pool area, tennis courts, and it was set in a lovely garden and grounds with huge tropical trees and brightly coloured flowers and leafy plants. There was a good sized BBQ area as you will find in most Australian picnic areas and motel grounds. BAR AND RESTAURANT: There was an outside bar and an inside bar and restaurant called Galloping Jacks Restaurant and Bar. We were, as I mentioned, a long way from anywhere so the choice was to eat in the restaurant here or snack on previously purchased food in the dark and dismal room. We chose the restaurant option and we were pleasantly surprised by the menu you could choose between six different types of steaks as well as salmon, chicken or bangers and mash . We had a very nice meal of kangaroo steak, beautifully cooked and served with baked potato and sweet corn on the cob. It was good home cooking food not titivated in any way but it tasted very nice. My husband enjoyed a couple of XXXX beers and I had a couple of Bundaberg rum and cokes and the total was $73 - the cheapest meal we'd had so far in Australia. OTHER FACILITIES AND EXTRAS: The room rate for this hotel includes breakfast but Travelsphere obviously got a discount on the room rate as we were not offered breakfast. Also included in the price were 15 minutes free internet access but unfortunately the wireless access on my laptop did not work and there were a number of others wanting to use the computer with internet so I decided I would wait till we returned to Darwin. There was apparently a sauna and jaccuzi on site but as we were there for just one night, we arrived at about 6pm and left at about 6.30 am we didn't experience this and really in the hot temperatures of Katherine in summer the sauna did not seem so attractive. Nearby there was a golf course and beach and water sports. As Katherine is miles from the sea I think this must be a river beach but once again I am not sure as I got this information from the hotel website but it is an intriguing claim. SUMMARY: All in all I would be very happy to use this motel for an overnight stay when travelling in the area. It was clean and comfortable and set in lovely grounds. It could not be described as luxurious in any way but it served it purpose for us and I suspect for many people coming to see Katherine Gorge and other parts of the Northern Territory. If we had spent a bit longer then the pool might have had a visit too but I found the restaurant good value and it offered decent tasty food. Thank you for reading and hop it will be useful to someone. This review may be published on other sites under my name, Catsholiday © Catsholiday

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