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Published September 14th 2021
Stay at country town hotels
I mostly travel by myself with minimal luggage but I found regular travel accommodation made traveling a wee bit expensive. I decided to try out the old hotels that can be found in every country town. They advertise accommodation so I gave them a try. What a pleasant surprise.
First of all, I was delighted to find that they are at least half the price of motels and caravan park cabins. I never book ahead. I have always found a room at the hotel of my choice and I often have a few to choose from. The hotels are old and often the bedrooms are still the same as when the hotel was built, making them very unique and interesting. The days of a receptionist at hotels have long gone, so it's necessary to head to the main bar and ask for help there. The bar person finds the necessary book, asks for details, and gives you a key with directions to head upstairs. Definitely not suitable for people who cannot manage stairs.
Generally, the hotels are all the same, but on another level, they are different. But as I'm usually only staying a night, a clean bed, a hot shower, always in a communal shower/ toilet block, and heating or cooling is all I require. A towel and a washbasin are usually in the room. Some have no furniture, some have all you would usually find in a bedroom Mostly there is a communal kitchen with the basics plus tea and coffee sachets, making it easy to prepare a light meal. Sometimes a basic breakfast is included in the deal. But I have also stayed at hotels where there is only tea/coffee facilities. Often the hotels have their own dining room, so meals can easily be accessed there.
There is usually a lovely big veranda leading off the rooms where you can eat or hang out. Some have communal TV rooms. Some rooms have coffee/tea-making utensils in them. There are many varieties of setups, so it's best to have no expectations. But I have never been disappointed. It adds to the fun of traveling.
So I don't have to carry heavy cases etc up the stairs, I keep a carry bag with all the things I need for an overnighter. I have never felt unsafe as the hotels are locked up at night. There is always off-road parking available. I am really looking forward to checking out more of these hotels in the near future.