My family of five stayed here 4 nights in Dec 2008. We had a 2-bedroom apartment on the 9th (top) floor, and a 1-bedroom apartment on the 3rd. The 2-bedroom apartment allows a view of the sky tower. It was colourfully lit at night. Both have city view, and no balcony in the apartment. The apartment hotel is centrally located, close to Victoria Park Market, Skt Tower, Intercity Coach terminal, and Queen St. One of the reason I chose this apartment was because of a supposed nearby supermarket, Horwick Foodtown, as informed by some travel sources. But I was shocked to find that the information was outdated after I arrived. There are a few small convenience shops nearby the hotel, but may not carry all that you need. Braving the strong chilly wind in the evening, we walked all the way to the New World supermarket just beyond Victoria Park Market to get our groceries and dinner. We called for a maxicab for the return trip. We took two taxis to go to Mt. Eden area on the third day, and it costs just over $20 each. We took the link bus too from Victoria Park Market to Queen St., and from Queen St. to Sky Tower on the second day. It was easy, but not cheap. The city mission? nothing to worry about. If it concerns you, you can always walk on the opposite side of the road.
The checking-in and -out were done efficiently. The reception was prompt and willing to help. Under the rate scheme that we have booked our apartments, we were told that our apartments will not be serviced during our stay. Only toilet paper can be replenished free of charge. We bought a small bar of soap from reception for $1 on the third day. The hotel premise and apartments were reasonably clean and well-maintained. The bathrooms in the apartments are not ensuite. Like all the other NZ apartments we stayed in, the room doors do not allow you to lock the room from the living room. I had no problem following the instruction provided to operate the washer/dryer. But it does require more than one time of drying to get the clothes sufficiently dried, thus increasing the time needed to self-wash your laundry. What I did was to wash at night after we returned from our tours, followed by drying for 2.5 hrs (the longest you can adjust on the knob). Then I went to sleep, drying the clothes for a second time (about 1 hr) first thing in the morning. I was able to get my clothes dried before I go our for the next day''s tour, or after I came back. The kitchen areas are not large in both apartments, but the facilities and utensils are adequate. Overall, we were happy with our stay here.
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