With the distance to cover from home, Gladstone hasn't been high on the list of places to go, however on this occasion I chose the Siesta Villa Motor Inn as it was one of the few places in the busy industrial city that actually had rooms available and for a reasonable price.
The Siesta Villa was fairly straight forward to find - following the Dawson Highway (Dawson Road) past Gladstone Airport - it is located on Glenlyon Road and is close to major shopping centres and food outlets. Glenlyon Road is quite busy during the day, however it does quieten down at night.
The room I stayed in was quite spacious with it containing a double bed along with a bunk bed - so the room is capable of sleeping 4-5. There are only 11 rooms all up, and they can sleep 1-3 people, with two family rooms. There are also portable cots available at reception.
The reception staff were very friendly and accommodating during my brief stay.
The room - like others - feature reverse-cycle air conditioning, alarm clock, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, opening windows, radio, bar-size refrigerator, free cable TV, tea/coffee making as well as wireless Internet access.
Ample ground-level parking and the rooms on the second level have a balcony.
There is also laundry facilities and a pool on-site.
The bathroom was spacious with shower at one end, basin the middle and toilet up the other end.
I feel that hotel - like most in Gladstone during the current resource boom in Central Queensland - is geared toward the itinerant worker. The hotel is quite busy during weekdays, and as mentioned above, was actually one of the last remaining places in town to get a room even on a weekend!
In all I thought the Siesta Villa Motor Inn was a great place to stay. It was clean and comfortable - there were some ants getting around in the room - but given the fact that I did struggle to find another hotel in a convenient location and at a reasonable price - it was a great choice.