I don't mean that in a bad way. Perched on the hills surrounding Hobart, Motel Mayfair is a family enterprise that has been a staple of West Hobart for almost fifty years. When you see the inside, you can readily believe it.
To say that the interiors of the motel's suites are kitsch is to indulge in understatement. Walking into the rooms of the Huon Room suite feels like stepping through a time portal to 1974. Shag carpeting adorns the floor. Gilt-edged prints of grinning children perch on the walls.
Somebody made a real effort here, and I'm guessing that they made it back in the 70s. In fact, I'm pretty sure of it, as the motel's guide book tells the visitor that the place was operated by the current owner's parents, before he took over the reins.
All of this probably sounds bad, in the eye of the reader, but I can't really convey how tickled I was to discover the place. Yes, it's kitsch. But it's a brand of kitsch that we really don't get to experience that often. To stay in this suite is to be dipped in, head to toe, in a very special brand of 1970s décor. It made my stay in Hobart interesting and memorable.