Kids are funny. We’ve enjoyed many trips away as a family but they normally comprise of camping, or staying with friends or family. It’s not often that we get to stay in accommodation BUT it was as if my children knew exactly how to embrace the opportunity of an overnight stay at the Port Douglas Motel……
First there was the LONG wait for the shower. Granted, my kids had spent the whole day on the Great Barrier Reef and then had dived straight into the swimming pool upon our arrival at the Port Douglas Motel. When they finally did get to the shower it was a whole 45 minutes later until I was allowed entry into the bathroom!
Fortunately the Port Douglas Motel supplies plenty of fluffy white towels and there was still a dry one available when I was finally granted access. However, I was lucky to ‘squeeze’ anything out of the complimentary shampoo and conditioner provided (despite copious tubes being made available)! Well at least the kid’s hair looked good that night!!
Despite living in Cairns (only an hours scenic drive south of Port Douglas) we had spent a huge day out on the Great Barrier Reef on Quicksilver and we were happy to give the drive a miss. Plus we were super keen to stay on at Port Douglas and soak up some of the ‘holiday’ atmosphere that this vibrant little town offers.
That’s where the Port Douglas Motel came in. Rob and I had stayed previously and had been impressed by the Motel’s clean and bright appearance, it’s affordability, it’s spacious rooms (and bathroom) and it’s convenience to the main hub of Macrossan Street (only a minute walk away). We knew we had discovered a great little family escape right in the centre of Port Douglas.
On arrival though, I had to take photos of the interior of our room super quick, as it seemed like everyone in the family were making themselves at home very rapidly! My son’s highlight was obviously all the technology. He quite happily embraced the flatscreen TV and found the air-conditioner, taking command of all the remotes (there was also free WiFi available for his iPad).
My daughter on the other hand loved the gardens and all the little gnomes that were hidden amongst the foliage, and happily went skipping off to take some photos.
For us adults the highlights were the undercover parking (which allowed for us to park right outside our room, the lounge chairs around the pool (so we could keep an eye on the kids antics) and the friendliness of Lillian, John and Bernie (the family that own and run Port Douglas Motel).
But the biggest bonus of all was the fact we could walk out our front door and within a minute were wandering down Macrossan Street, the main hub of Port Douglas. This little Motel definitely gives you value for money in what is ultimately a 5 star location. We can easily see the Port Douglas Motel becoming a family favourite.
Good Things to Know:
Have you stayed in Port Douglas? Have you got any other family friendly recommendations for this town?
We received a complimentary night’s stay BUT all views, opinions and photos in this article are my own.
If you would like to BOOK some family friendly accommodation Port Douglas CLICK HERE for Port Douglas Motel.
For a roundup on some cool family friendly activities in Port Douglas check out the post below: