I travel both for pleasure and work to this beautiful city, The hotel allows me to be close to my night life and a great venue downstairs. The events page on what is on at the PUB is fantastic and up to date as well as the social media page. The hotel part is clean and well maintained. As a person who travels alone I feel comfortable and safe here and the surrounding community You need to be aware this is a hotel that caters to those that identify as male.
Thursday night is Spit & Polish night; a dress code applies and is published on their website. I phoned to confirm that what I’d be wearing would be acceptable, was told “absolutely!”....and was refused entry on the night. If you’re going to have a dress code, then follow it as published, change it, or get rid of it altogether and tell people that your staff will make arbitrary decisions on who gets in. It appears I didn’t miss much. Another reviewer summed it up as a gay business ripping off the gay community, and I agree. AVOID this place - it deserves to fail.
We decided to spend a night in the city after seeing a show. We rocked up to the place expecting to check in but at 5 pm it wasn’t open, God forbid if we had wanted to check in earlier. We were travelling by train and previously thought we might check in before the matinee show, luckily we didn’t pursue that. At 5:20 the doors opened and we went to check in, only to be greeted by a surly receptionist, Mark, who clearly couldn’t give a s@@t if we were there or not. After an inordinate amount of time (seriously, how hard is it to find a room key?) we get our slip of paper to sign in, having already paid the $160 for the night (a room with an antiquated en-suite). Anyway, we went out for dinner, had a few drinks and got back to our room thinking we might watch some ‘adult tv’ that was on offer. But the picture was so grainy-gees were these guys using VHS?. We got to bed at 2:30 am expecting to have a nice lie in before heading off to the train station. However, we soon learned that the blinds did not work, we couldn’t close them and so at 6:30 we were woken up by the sunlight streaming into the room. So much for a good nites rest!!! With so many other hotels in the CBD available at $114-$160 per night, we were definitely overcharged for what we got. Another example of a gay business ripping off the gay community. As a side note, we can remember when The Laird was packed with men on a weekend but sadly this has all changed and the maximum men on a Saturday night would have been maybe 30.…
I stayed here for a 5 nights during my trip in Australia. Check-in was easy and friendly. The room (no en-suite bathroom) was quite comfortable. The TV has a channel of gay porn (good bear movies) which was nice to watch. Besides, as a customer if the Laird hotel I was allowed free entry at Club 80 (local cruising club). Excellent idea. Free breakfast facilities (toast and coffee/tea and orange juice. This was great. Laundry place available. The room was so 1970s and that was good memories.
Great venue for socialising and making new friends. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The room was neat and tidy and very clean. Place is full of history with the guest book dating back to 1981. Will definitely be back and recommend this place to friends.