It is always highly recommended to book a place to stay in Busselton way in advance if holidaying during the summer season. Being one of the most popular holiday destinations in rural Western Australia because of its premier seaside, coastal playground, scenic vineyards, ancient caves, magnificent forests, and famous surfing breaks, the rental accommodations in Busselton are almost always full.
So, deciding two days before new year's eve to go to Busselton without prior accommodation booking was possibly not the smartest idea. Not only did I limit my choices of suitable accommodation type and preferred location for myself and my 7 and 4 year old children, I have also possibly missed out on good deals when it comes to rental charges.
Twice when I thought I found a hotel room online and was about to pay, I got a message interruption informing me that the price of the room I was booking has gone up and asking if I wanted to proceed to payment. I thought that was misleading. Why would they not put the new price or holiday charges in the first place? I kept searching online and found booking.com site. There was a last available standard double room in Amaroo Motel and it was $110 per night including 10% VAT. In the description it mentioned a ground floor unit located at the side of the highway and guests may experience noise disturbance, no internet access available, and no capacity for additional guest. Looking at the prices and availability of accommodations online, this motor lodge was probably the most affordable on new year's eve. Unless booking.com changed the charges at the time of payment (just like the other two sites I visited), I was ready to forget Busselton for the new year. But it didn't! So from the description, how uncomfortable can it be to stay there? I can always use the cellular data network on my iPhone and use personal hotspot so it wouldn't matter if there is no internet connection in the motel. We will be gone during the day and will only be in the room to sleep and we would most probably be so tired we wouldn't even hear vehicle noise from the highway. Lastly, my 4 year old can either share my bed or make her a cosy bed on the floor with the extra pillow and blanket. Problem solved… Busselton, here we come!
As it turned out, Amaroo Motel is only about 10mins away by foot to the Busselton's beachfront and about 3 minutes by car to go to the jetty. (The Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory are part of our itineraries). The city centre is very close and just a stroll away from the motel. This means personal needs are easily accessible (ie. food, grocery, teller machine, shopping, even gasoline station).
Each unit in the motel has its own free car park. Guests are provided with coffee, tea, and milk in the room. There is a kettle, a toaster and a mini-fridge. There is a hair dryer in the toilet. The TV channels available are ABC, SBS, GWN, and WIN. There is also a DVD player. The room is clean and is serviced daily.
The motel welcomes families. I noticed there were a few families with children staying in the motel while we were there.
I like the fact that the motel has a free BBQ facility. It is always nice to be able to get out of the room and eat outside. There is also a laundry area. An iron and ironing board are available for use.