Despite preconceived notions of a hotel being an old run down building with oldies who go there just to get drunk, the Watergardens Hotel couldn't be further away from that cliche. While it does have typical hotel aspects to it, it certainly is not a dive.
The highlight of the Watergardens Hotel is definitely the restaurant area with a smorgasbord that serves anything from pizza, Chinese food, roast meat and veggies, fish and chips and more. What makes this even better is that, unlike a lot of hotel meals, the food here is pretty good, and you can go back for seconds for no extra charge. While most of the tables are inside, there are a few outdoor tables for smokers too. There is also an enclosed playground for children who want to run off all the food they've just eaten, giving the parents plenty of time to talk amongst themselves without having to deal with screaming kids. At $15 per person for lunch and $30 per person for dinner, that's pretty bloody good value. It is highly recommended you make a booking before heading out, as this restaurant is very popular with locals.
Just over in the next room from the restaurant are where the pokies are for anyone wanting to try out their luck and win some coin. Downstairs from the restaurant and pokies is the sports bar where you can place a TAB bet on the horses and watch all the big matches of whatever sport is playing on the big plasma TV at the time. The sports bar has a R&B night on Fridays for the younger crowd that runs from 9:30pm til late.