If you are looking for something cheap, not caring about cleanliness, then Apartment 48 is the place for you. My mother, who visited, was horrified at the condition. I justified it to her by explaining that it was spacious, cheap and I don't mind old. Although it was NOT easy for us two women and two little kids to haul all the suitcases up the three floors. Up and down each day was kinda fun and good exercise, but sometimes dangerous as the lights would flip off mid staircase. Not good for my kids or ageing mum!
Mentioned the cleanliness to Rebecca, who explained that it was due for a "spring clean", however, this needed more than a spring clean. The cleaners did come in to do a surface quicky of the things I mentioned, but there was just too much in the end. Open a drawer and it was full of dirty dishes/cutlery, IN a dirty drawer. Dripped food on the edges. The cloth sofas and dining chairs were sticky with food, chunks of chocolate etc. Rebecca did give us some sheets to throw over them all. Washing machine, dryer very basic and dirty again.
The showers were a real problem for us. One shower, we couldn't pull the lever to switch to shower mode. Both shower nozzles were so cheap and tacky that they'd just locked into place, meaning we couldn't adjust for the kids to use. I couldn't adjust the pressure, which resulted in the rose flipping up to the ceiling. I pretty much got soaked, all over, whenever ANYONE tried to have a shower. Maintenance did come in and attached a crude thing for the kids to pull the lever out, however, I asked if they could fix, or adjust the other shower, as the kids couldn't use that shower, even with the lever.
None of the curtains seemed to block out the morning sun. Either couldn't close, or missing strips. Views would have been nice to experience, but after managing how to open and close, didn't want to step out into the dirty balcony. The windows, glass doors look like they've never been cleaned. Wiped out the fridge myself before putting anything in.
Felt that the whole set up there was about "money". The original unit I was booked in had wifi, but when I mentioned the newly located one didn't, they tried to "sell" me a deal, which turned out to be hooking into the neighbour's wifi. Changing was my fault BTW. My flight was cancelled and rebooked to the next day. Did kindly lend me some adapters.
The good thing about the whole stay was the pool and jacuzzi. Heated nicely for a relaxing dip before we tackled the black out stairs back to our third floor.
When we returned to Runaway Bay two week later, after travelling down to Vic and back, we booked into apartments down the road. For only $70 more a night, it was a HUGE difference. See my review on Broadwater Shores.
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