This was a very pleasant hotel. I arrived very early (8AM) and they did not have a room available yet. However, they did let me leave my luggage there and I walked down to the South Bank for awhile. When I came back around 10AM they had a room ready for me. It was a standard room with a king bed. The room also had a refrigerator and a great shower. The refrigerator was stocked with ‘wet bar’ items, but there was enough room for a couple of my own bottles of water.
I booked myself for a massage at the Apollo's Day Spa that is located on the lower level of the hotel. The massage was reasonably priced because they offer discounts to hotel guests and also as a hotel guest you could use the hot spa bath and cold spa bath at your leisure.
I had dinner that night at the hotel restaurant and it was very good food.
The next morning my husband and I did try the hotel’s buffet, but we were not impressed with the selection. We preferred to eat at the Café next door in the strip mall. We ate at that Café almost every morning.
The only complaint I have about this hotel was the king bed in our first room. It was very very sunken in and made my back hurt.
We stayed in the king room for six nights. When we returned from Cairns for our last two nights in Brisbane, we were upgraded to a suite that had a queen bed, a full kitchen, and a Jacuzzi tub. I wish we had been so lucky for the first six days. Even though the bed was smaller, it was much firmer and nicer to sleep on. Plus the Jacuzzi tub was very nice. The refrigerator was also larger than in the other room.
This hotel also had laundry facilities for guests to use on each floor. It was $4 per wash but the dryer was free. So if you had some wet clothes from swimming or something, you could dry them for free. If you didn’t bring any laundry soap, you could purchase a small package of soap from the front desk for $1.
There was also a Bakery, IGA market, and a Liquor store in the strip mall next door. So if you had the suite with the kitchen, you could easily make your own meals.
The walk to South Bank from this hotel was about three blocks. It really did not seem like a very far walk at all. The Mater Hill bus station was only one block away. We took the bus several times over to the Queen St. Mall. We did walk to the Queen St. Mall one day, but it was about a half hour to 45 minute walk. We also took the bus all the way to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and it was about $14 for two round trip.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, but I would pay the extra for the suite or ask to be upgraded if you don’t want to spend the extra.
It was close enough to South Bank without paying the South Bank prices.
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