Undoubtedly the most unusual place we've ever stayed in. It felt like going back in time but with an element of the Adams Family residence!! Loved it but it reminded us that we would could never live in an old property!
I chose it for our 3 night stay at the end of a 5 week tour of NZ & Australia after poring through countless details of uninspiring hotels and serviced apartments. At the time of booking, there were only 4 rooms and I chose the Master Suite for its 4-poster and spa bath. Since booking, a fifth room has been added somewhere (possibly in the garden?) but I'd definitely recommend our suite as the best option, not least because only 2 of the 4 rooms are en suite. Our bath took an age to fill but worked well and it has amazing views out across the city!! We were invited to use all the communal areas including the verandahs and billiards room but we were very happy in the evenings to sit on our own balcony. We could easily have self catered (even a BBQ in the garden) using the huge well stocked kitchen but there were plenty of options within 5-10 minutes walk along Boundary St - nearer that the supermarket - so we ate out!
Location is excellent - despite some rather run down local properties, the area seemed safe and upcoming, a little bohemian with lots of students. We walked in 15 minutes to the river and stumbled on the City River Tour which gave us a 90 minute round trip for $25 each (including tea and scones) rather than the hop-on-hop-off day ticket for the ferries at $35 each. We then strolled across the Goodwill footbridge to the Botanical Gardens and back to the hotel to relax in the beautiful gardens and fabulous 20 metre lap pool. In the evenings we ate twice on Boundary St at the excellent Ouzeri Greek restaurant which seemed perfect for the warm, humid climate. Take you swimmers with you when walking down to the river as there's a huge and amazing outdoor swimming complex along the side of the river!
All in all, it was a good choice and we had an excellent end to our trip. There are a few downsides though. The lack of en suites led to some creaking floorboards during the night and this was added to by the noises of possums crawling and scratching around the building! The building security is also quirky and we had to return at night through the gardens into a back entrance and via 2 code locks - a bit tricky in the dark. We were told that street parking is restricted to 2 hours (even though we saw no signs) so we parked at the back of the property - another key code gate followed by a steep drive down to a carport with space for only 3 cars. Finally, although the greeting on arrival was warm and helpful, we never saw anyone around after that. There were loads of brochures around for guidance but it would have been nice to have a bit more personal touch.
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