We stayed at the Grand Studios on a recent family trip to Kiama. We booked Studio 6 which is a 2-bedroom self-contained unit. This was our first stay there and will definitely be our last!
We arrived about 20 minutes prior to the check-in time of 2.00pm and were given our key by the barmaid in the adjacent hotel. After travelling 3 hours by car we were all looking forward to getting settled into our room, only to find that it hadn't been cleaned since the previous occupants had left. There were dirty dishes in the sink, rubbish and dirty towels on the floor and general mess. We promptly informed the barmaid about the condition of the room who thought it was quite amusing, and laughed as she told us that she'd get the cleaner to attend to the room ASAP. After returning to the room an hour later, we found the cleaner was still in the process of cleaning the room and we finally checked in at 3.00pm.
The apartment itself wasn't too bad. The 2 bedrooms were very basic (no wardrobes), the kitchen, bathroom and laundry were sufficient and the lounge/dining was a little cramped. The reception on the TV dropped in and out quite a bit and the air-conditioning was very noisy. The best thing about the unit was the surprisingly good water pressure in the shower!
Unfortunately the location of the Grand Studios was a huge let down. Located directly across the road from Kiama Train Station, meant that we had to endure the noise of the trains at all hours, actually waking my children up multiple times during the night. The pub next door was also extremely noisy with patrons yelling and music playing until around 1.30am on a week night. So we didn't get a good nights sleep at all!
Parking was also another issue. The street parking is a 2 hour limit during the day, however, the cleaner said that we could park around the back of the units. This was ok when there was only 1 car, but got very tight when there were a few cars parked there, making it difficult to get out.
We paid $200 per night for this unit which I believe was extremely pricey for what we got. We definitely won't be returning to the Grand Studios!
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