Aside from staying at our friend's house for two night, we have stayed in three motels and one cabin in a caravan park. The cabin was a bit more comfortable in that there was more space and more privacy, but the motels have been ok. Each has its own quirks.
We decided to have a cheap holiday this year as we already had a bit of holiday when R's sister and bro-in-law were here and we have a big Euro river cruise next year. Generally we are paying $120 per night, $125 for the cabin.
The Blue Wren Mallacoota motel had a nice view of the water and lots of bird life, a little too much with one bird in particular starting at daylight with the same repetitive and monotonous call for hours. I will identify the bird once I am home and make sure it is not on an endangered species list and have it removed if it is. As I partly overheard a fellow guest saying to the manager, if the RSPCA knocks, you know what I have done. The bird wasn't even close by. Gee, it was only five or so days ago and I can barely remember it. If I don't remember it, there must have been little wrong. I think the couch was one of those really cheap 2.5 seaters that sank very low when you sat in it. Yes, we did see blue wrens.
The cabin in the Big Four NRMA Long Point Caravan Park in Merimbula was next and I can recall that a bit better and there was not anything really wrong with that. We got what we paid for. There were some stunning cabins with fantastic views; no doubt available if you paid enough.
The Alkira Motel in Cooma was the quirkiest. We have been breakfasting in our room with cereal and toasted bread or toasted English muffins, but here, we had to go and buy plastic bowls and plastic spoons for our cereal, and drink wine from a beaker. Just call us Liz (at least one person will get that). We checked in at 2.00pm and Desk Madame said the heating had just come on and as it was cold, we were grateful. Timer on the air con? No, the full central heating with a huge wall radiator and a smaller one in the bathroom below the towel rail. It did take time to heat up, but there was also an aircon unit to speed the room heating up. The central heating went off at about 8 in the morning and never came on again for the rest of our stay. Admittedly it was warmer and the air con kept the room warm enough. There weren't many other guests staying and when I arose on the second morning, I was convinced there was no hot water after running off a couple of hundred litres of water. R went to the bathroom and the hot water quickly arrived. What a long run through. I showered quickly after R before the water in the pipes cooled.
Canberra being Australia's capital city is a more expensive place to stay. We are not sure if we have made a mistake or not by staying at the Wallaby Motel in Queanbeyan. It is ok. I did most of the looking and booking but R booked this one over the phone. He was not fully informed of the prices, my fault, and managed to screw them down to $130 a night by quoting an internet price to them that was for a double and not a twin. Well, I thought he did but when we arrived, it was a double room. R went back to the office and got a twin for $130. Two blokes together might have indicated to the foreign born manager that we should have separate beds. There are other lots of two blokes staying here, some kind of trades people and I am sure they would want separate beds, and no, there is nothing to fantasize about them. I have never stayed in a place where the cups, kettle, toaster etc were stored in a cupboard beside the bed, but hey there are bowls and spoons and the tv is a great size and very good. It is quite warm here in our nations capital, so no heating is needed tonight, but therein is another story. Some places had no shampoo and conditioner, some no shower soap, this one had no bathroom soap, but there are wall mounted shampoo and conditioner dispensers.
We are not actually in our nation's capital. The Bitch could have been a little more user friendly, I think if I was a foreign visitor with The Bitch in control, it would be awful. Ok, Barton may not be in New South Wales, and Queanbeyan may not be in the Australian Capital Territory and I do actually know better, but I didn't realise it would make such a difference when searching. The Bitch said there is no such place as Queanbeyan in Canberra. She was technically correct and I should have known better. Queanbeyan is in New South Wales, not the Australian Capital Territory, ACT. Fortunately we had maps and Google phone maps were very helpful, once again.
In summary, our accommodation has been ok; what one would expect for what we paid.