Booked the motel when the UTA trail run was still happening and it was literally the only room in/near Katoomba available. Decided to still spend the weekend after the event was cancelled.
The Motel is pretty dire. Ultimately you get what you pay for at $85 a night. It’s situated right between the train line and highway so is super noisy. No staff on site so check in is automated - which is fine except it reeks of a place that can be rented by the hour. And it also actually reeks...damp smell, poorly maintained, poorly secured (the windows can easily be opened from outside and broken into).
Basically it’s super cheap for a reason. If you book and stay, just accept it for that (as we did) and laugh about it all. Probably not the spot for your next family weekend at the blue mountains!!