This has to be the worst motel I have ever stayed in, and should be avoided at all costs. The one redeeming feature was the closeness to the National Hockey Centre, but even this does not make up for the over priced and flithy rooms.
The wireless broadband did work - in the carpark and the password was "trickytricky"! The rooms smelt and had not been cleaned properly, paint was peeling in the bathrooms, where the phone also happened to be located, above the toilet, but did not work anyway.
The fridge contained some small containers of milk, all expired.
Think of a B grade, seedy American movie set in tghe mid-west where you could expect rooms to be rented by the hour and a dead hooker in the bath when you return - well this is the Lyneham Motor Inn.
There was another hotel along the road that had recently been demolished, I hope the Lyneham Motor In is next. There has been no maintenance done - ever it appears.
We were worried about the bugs we might catch, but fortunately managed to leave unharmed. One of the group suggested sleeping in the wardrobe may have been a safer bet than the bed.
Reception was open from 2pm, so make sure you chekc out the night before, keys are left in the door to the room, clearly security is not a problem (there is nothing worth stealing)!
So, not to be recommended - stay somewhere else at all costs - even in the park opposite in a tent would be preferable.
Unique Quality: Close ot the bus route and National Hockey Centre.
Another outstanding feature is how dated and dirty the place is!
Directions: A depressed and uninspiring location - but then Canberra was a bit like that! Sadly.
I chose this motel because of its vicinity to the National Hockey Centre in the suburb of Lyneham which is three or four kilometres north of the city centre, so I could walk to and from the sports venue and not depending on public transport or taxis. Which, as I can say after all the strange experiences I made with transportation, was an absolutely genious move LOL
The motel is not flash but clean and has all the amenities you need. Apart from that the room was huge. It had a double and a single bed (which I used as the archive for all my hockey papers, and the place to lay out my folded T-shirts etc. ;-) and a lot of space between, a desk, a coffee table, comfy chairs, a lounger, fridge, coffee and tea making facilities etc. Also the bathroom was ok.
Apart from that it was totally quiet. The only noise you heard was from the galahs on the power lines and the surrounding trees. All the units were far away from the main road (Mouat Street). You could start jogging in the grass towards the city centre right at the doorstep.
If you absolutely wanted or even had to take the bus to the city centre (which you had to if you did not want to walk the several kilometres and you a taxi was not available), you should not wait for the bus in Mouat Street but walk to the next stop in Northbourne Avenue because a lot more lines and buses passed there. So you had a much better chance to get to your appointments on time.
The (hidden) restaurant mile in Dickson is within walking distance. There was also a nice rustic place on the way to the Hockey Centre.
Staff at the reception were very friendly and helpful, and assisted in bookings etc.
The full rate actually seems to be at $145. If you book on the internet it is much cheaper. I paid a corporate rate of $88 in November 2005. I just checked www.wotif.com - the rate is $99 (as July 2007).
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