Some travellers are really hard to please...or so it would seem after reading various criticisms of the East Hotel in this forum. There probably wouldn't be a hotel anywhere on this planet that someone wouldn't be able to find some fault with, whether justifiable and whether trivial or major. But, my wife and I spent two nights at the East this week and overall came away impressed with our experience there.
The hotel is new (Aug '12), it's clean, our studio room (313) was well appointed with a very comfortable bed and pillows, the large flat screen TV (with it's 'user friendly' single remote) had a good range of cable channels including for the sports buffs, all three Fox-Sports options, (and ESPN).
If required, wifi is available in the room with 100mb free each day then chargeable for additional usage, the bathroom was clean, well lit and functional with a full array of the usual toiletries, (heck, the toilet pan even had a noiseless self lowering seat and lid), there was a well equipped gym on the 3rd floor, ample on site parking was available at just $10 per day with unlimited entry/exit, and the hotel is centrally and very conveniently located to the twin "boutique" suburbs of Manuka and Kingston with their wide choice of wine, dine, and shop options.
The front desk staff at the hotel, (well, the three people in particular who we had direct contact with between check-in and check-out), were very courteous and obliging.
We can't offer a comment on the breakfasts at the Oz situated on the ground floor of the hotel, but it would seem from some of the posts that perhaps the standard was average at best. (Or maybe poor even?)
But it should be remembered that this facility is an independently owned and run establishment which the East has no control over.
To be fair to the Oz however, we did have dinner there one night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our bill came to $123 which included 4 glasses of wine (probably should have just purchased a bottle:-), a cpl of starters, and two mains...salmon, and lamb. (Both dishes were as good as any we've sampled at any other restaurant anywhere, as indeed was the efficient and friendly service).
Perhaps, the one main 'criticism' that could be directed at the East hotel, is that it presently doesn't offer guests it's own breakfast or restaurant services. (And hence our 4 star rating only, otherwise, in every other capacity, at least as far as our own experience at the East was concerned - 5 Stars).
At our room rate of $180pn (+ $10 parking), I don't know of any other hotel in the ACT that could compare with the East for overall standard and dollar value.
Would we recommend this hotel ? - YES
Would we stay at this hotel again? - YES, YES
A.B. Mallacoota; Vic
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated between the vibrant hubs of Kingston and Manuka, EAST will be the ultimate location for your visit to the Australia’s capital. At EAST you will experience all the services you would expect from a premium hotel, whilst feeling completely at home in the well-appointed accommodation. EAST’s one and two bedroom apartments and studios provide the utmost in comfort, style and convenience. If you are on the road with your kids, we have thought of you too with our specially designed kids studio complete with bunk beds, bean bags, video games and even a kid-appropriate mini bar!Each room has a gourmet kitchen with cool appliances (including Nespresso coffee machines!), which complement the offerings of the equally cool OX Deli on the lobby level, where you can pick up your delicacies and meals or have them delivered to your room. Comfort and convenience is all good and well but we also have all the technology you need with 42-in LED televisions (the one bedroom apartments also have a 32-in TV in the bedroom!), FOXTEL, in-house movies, wireless broadband and ipod/ipad docking stations. Rooms are also fitted with double glazed windows, a work desk, dining table and chairs, a 2 burner stove top, extensive cooking utensils crockery and cutlery, microwave, oven*, dishwasher*, balconies* and washing machine/dryers*.* some exclusions for studios ... more less
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