We stayed at the Criterion Hotel in January 2013 for two nights. We only paid $70 a night (booked on wotif website) for a double room. The room had a double and a single.
The hotel is very easy to access, being a 1 minute walk from the main area of the city. We caught the train as there was no reasonably-priced parking in the area (we didn't want to pay $25 a day!). Walking into the hotel, it looks pretty old and worn. The staff were attentive and checked us in without any problems.
The room was definitely not one of the best I've stayed in...but for the price I wasn't too disappointed. It had a small desk that was in a little alcove so we couldn't actually sit at it, a decent TV, bar fridge, wardrobe, kettle, tea and coffee etc. The room was pretty small - the bar fridge was in a cabinet fitted so tightly that we had to shift the beds in order to gain access. The bathroom was fine, nothing special. A couple of towels, soap and a shampoo, big mirror and a hairdryer.
The air conditioner had obviously been leaking for a while as there was a garbage bag and some towels folded underneath it to stop the noise of the drops. The walls were peeling a bit and stained for the leaking air con. The duvets were outdated and sketchy so we peeled them off and just used the bleached white sheets and doona. There were more than enough pillows although some were pretty old and lumpy. The beds were springy and squeaky. With regards to being clean, the room was totally fine. The beds were free of dust/hair/etc (and bedbugs, which I always check for) and the bathroom was clean as well. It was easy at first to look around and feel a bit put off but when you look past the ugly, dated furniture and decorating it was actually clean and tidy which is most important to me.
The hotel advertises free wireless but, as other reviewers have said, the connection is pretty dodgy and inconsistent. We were able to connect for about 10 minutes at a time, and only every now and then. We had a room on the 2nd floor at the back of the hotel, with the one clear window (the others were glazed and none of them opened) facing a parking lot and hotel bins. We weren't bothered by any noise except someone starting a motorbike up in the morning. I had read other reviews and requested a higher level room facing the street on my booking form, but we didn't get it.
The area is fantastic, with a bottle shop and Korean-run IGA downstairs. There's a newsagency, McDonalds, pizza place, japanese cafe and a couple of Korean cafes within 100 metres of the hotel entrance. Walk for a minute and you're in the heart of the city with stores, places to eat, cinemas, trains, buses etc.
Overall, it was clean, a little shabby and not very big but....$70 a night and in an awesome location! If you have high standards then I'd avoid this place. I'd recommend it for people looking for a cheap, convenient place to sleep or use as a base for the night/weekend.
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