“ Address: 121 Davidson Street / Port Douglas / 4877 / Queensland / Australia „
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I have recently returned from a trip to Australia that involved a lot of travelling and numerous different types of accommodation. We started our journey in Brisbane and travelled north to cape Tribulation. I didn't want to drive every day and decided on places where I wanted to stay for more than just a night. After months of research I decided that Port Douglas was somewhere that I wanted to stay for several nights.
Port Douglas is situated in tropical north Queensland about an hours drive from Cairns. It is a small upmarket town with a gorgeous 4 mile long beach. It is also a good place to take a trip out to the great barrier reef for some diving of snorkelling. As I plan to write a separate review of Port Douglas I am not going to say more in this review. Suffice it to say we were not disappointed in the town!
When looking for places to stay I wanted to include a variety of option from basic *back to nature* cabins to hotels offering a bit more luxury. Port Douglas has numerous accommodation options; many of them very expensive! I really didn't want to spend a fortune but did want somewhere that would be comfortable and within walking distance of the beach and town centre. I also wanted somewhere that provided basic cooking facilities as I knew the cost of eating out is very high in Australia. After reading many reviews I decided to book the Lazy Lizard on Davidson Street as it seemed to tick all my boxes. I booked through the company Wotif, as they offered a slightly cheaper deal than the motel web site. I paid 160 dollars per night (about £100) for a room for 3 plus continental breakfast.
The Lazy Lizard is owned by the Best Western chain and is managed by a lovely couple from New Zealand; Penny and Jim. It is conveniently situated about a 15 minute walk from the town centre and about a 10 minute walk from the famous 4 mile beach. As you arrive in Port Douglas from Cairns it is found via a slip road on your left. We arrived after a long drive and were warmly greeted by Jim. I immediately knew I was going to enjoy my stay!
The motel has a small salt water swimming pool with loungers surrounding it. There is also a huge gas barbeque with all you to dine al fresco supplied including plastic wine glasses! The large table next to the barbeque is left set up ready for guests to use. We took advantage of the barbeque and had a lovely meal looking at the many stars. We also enjoyed watching the 100,000 plus fruit bats that fly across every night on route to the rain forest- an awesome sight!
The reception area has free internet access although you are asked to limit your time to 15 minutes in consideration to other guests! Jim and Penny can also advise and book local trips for you. We booked a trip out to the reef and also booked our airport transport when we departed. We were keen to see crocodiles in the wild and Jim told us where to go to see them-we were not disappointed!
There is a covered parking space allocated for each room, just watch the metal poles as you reverse!
The motel has a small guest laundry with washers and dryers. There is also a washing line situated at the far end of the rooms. I was impressed to find books and DVDs for loan at no cost. There are several bikes available to borrow also for no extra cost. These are on a first come first served basis and you will need to get a bike lock from reception. My children really enjoyed riding along the beautiful beach! If you don't fancy walking or biking into town, then there is a bus stop a few minutes walk from the motel entrance.
Our room was able to sleep up to 5 people using a double sofa bed, queen sized double and single. As there were only 3 of us we had plenty of room. Each room has a small patio area with table and chairs. Entrance to the room is through the large patio door. Inside is a table and chairs, long desk with T.V and DVD player, wardrobe, iron and ironing board and clock radio. All rooms are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans.
At the end of the room is small kitchen with mini bar, microwave, electric frying pan, toaster, kettle and enough crockery and utensils for preparing a basic meal. I had intended to cook pasta for our first night and was disappointed to find no hob available. However on mentioning this to Penny she quickly provided a portable hob.
I removed all the expensive mini bar offerings to avoid temptation and filled the fridge with our purchases! Milk, tea, coffee and sugar are provided and replaced each day free of charge. A tray is delivered to your room each evening containing your breakfast. Breakfast consisted of a few slices of cling filmed bread, jam, honey and cereal plus a carton each of fruit juice. There is a decent sized sink and draining area with washing up liquid and clothes provided. The rooms are serviced daily.
This is an important room for me as I do like to pamper myself! The bathroom contains a shower and bath. The shower had good water pressure and plenty of hot water. The sink unit had a decent sized area to store toiletries (something that many hotels fail to provide) There were a selection of complimentary toiletries on offer and this were replaced each day. There is a hair dryer and lots of white fluffy towels. If you need a towel for the pool or beach then they are available free of charge from reception. The bathroom lighting is good too!
Overall I loved my 6 night stay at the Lazy Lizard made so special by the lovely couple who run it! Nothing was too much trouble and Jim is a mile of information if you are interested in bird watching. My children loved his quick sense of humour too! The motel is spotlessly clean and rooms have all you need for a very comfortable stay. We would have no hesitation in returning and hope to do so one day!