After what seemed like an eternity, we had arrived at Shamrock Motel from the Herbert Valley Motel, Ingham.
We had seen from the booking this place has a sports bar and pokies (fruit machine games). We had a previous experience noticed this to be a dangerous combination. However, here, it could not have been further from the truth. The hotel is a separate building just off the main pub and pokies building. You even get yourself a separate check-in building, so you need not even enter the bar if you did not want to.
Set on the main road in and out of Mackay, we loved the location. Matched with an on-site parking space right outside the room was ideal. Although it was not completely secure, you did have a very high fence so people could not just walk in.
The breakfast was already placed within our room; we had two fruit juices, two slices of bread, some milk, yoghurt and some preserves. This was perfect for the first night. However, unfortunately, we did not receive a breakfast for the second day. Not sure if this was only a one breakfast deal, or forgot to add enough for the two-night stay. Either way, it was not an issue as we had our own breakfast for just such occasions.
The bathroom was pretty big; the shower was the most powerful one we had on our adventures. However, it still wasn’t a power shower, just the standard writing of taps to get the temperature just right.
We were even given shower caps to use if we wished, and the toiletries were in a soap dispenser.
You had the following facilities/amenities in your room or available to you that we look for;
- Swimming Pool
- Air Conditioning / Heating
- Extra Bedding
- Wi-Fi – Free WiFi with the signing in with your name and email address. We did find the speeds, however, to fluctuate enormously from 23mb per second at its peak down to 1.3mb per second at its lowest. It did mean we could get a couple of episodes of MasterChef Australia in.
- Microwave / Fridge
- Washing Facilities – both washer and separate dryer
- Separate Sitting Area – this was in the form of a little table and chairs that you would eat your meals at
Well, the room was huge, we certainly didn’t expect the washing machine and dryer as soon as we walked through the door. However, it was a very pleasant surprise. Particularly since we had loads of clothes to wash!
You had a queen and a single bed, pretty big but standard size TV with all the free digital channels. A fully functional kitchen, including microwave, fridge, and plug in frying dish. It did have everything you would need for a short stay.
The check in was quick and painless, a credit card was taken in case of damages, and a key was ours. Nothing else I can add really.