We checked in this morning. So far I have been far from pleased with this hotel, which is a shame as I was looking forward to staying in it.
First the good, the location and it is quite clean.
Now the bad. If you are using their website as a reference for the quality of experience - don't. The site doesn't represent the experience truly, in reality the hotel isn't nearly as nice as the website portrays. Next, we are in room 301 which the hotel staff describe as "Deluxe City View", the reality is we are only a couple of floors above a semi-busy narrow street and if I spit really hard I could hit the "City View???" across the street which happens to be an apartment requiring me to be at least another five floors higher to get a "City View". Next, and I haven't seen this described anywhere else and that's why I am taking the time to list it here - the disco...
At shortly after 5:00PM I was sitting at the small desk in our room watching a trail of ants crawl across the top of my laptop as I typed away, when suddenly the desk started vibrating to the techno music erupting from the disco next door (something I hadn't noticed on the way in to the hotel but in a flash of brilliance I realised must be the case - uuugh). Honestly the music was so loud that I could lightly rest my hand on my pant leg and feel my pant leg moving. I went downstairs to talk to the girl at the front desk to find out if it went all night and her previously good grasp of English instantly and mysteriously dissapeared. I went up to my room with no further understanding of when it would end, pretty frustrated. Luckily it ended 15mins later. Of course the story doesn't end there, I get to type this post up while listening to the latest techno beat from Europe - still going strong at 10:30PM.
No point in talking to the staff about it, they can't do a thing. But given this new understanding I would never recommend this location to my friends. Speaking of staff, this is the first hotel we have been in (in just over a month) where they simply wear street clothes, smoke behind the front desk while talking to you and act with an air of indifference. Ok, so no identifiying uniform, badge or what have you, I can live with that I guess but when we got back from dinner (Kangaroo Cafe, a great little spot) I wasn't sure if the new evening staff were guests or disco overflow as one fellow I didn't recognise asked if I had a key to a room. Huh? "And you are...?" is what ran through my head.
Well, I could continue but the song blasting right now has a strong bass beat and I am feeling it through the keyboard everytime it hits. Annoying. So I will end here.
In case I haven't been clear enough, ehhhrrrmmmmm, book elsewhere.