We stayed here last week, and coming from Aust, the weather was bitterly cold. Check in was quick and it was wonderful to get to our loft apartment to find the heating had been on for some time and the place was warm.
There is a full size oven and ceramic cooktop, microwave, toaster etc and a reasonable range of kitchen utensils. The apartment was clean. Local phone calls are free.
The bathroom is good and the beds comfortable. The view across the river is lovely and the double glazing blocks most of the traffic noise on the far side of the river.
Now for the things we didn't like, and really, if the owners stayed in their own accommodation, they notice these shortcomings too.
WIFI wasn't available at the time in the apartment and having to go to reception to be able to get coverage was a little annoying as it was so wet, cold and muddy underfoot.
There is nowhere to put your groceries that don't need to go in the fridge. A shelf above the bench area would solve this problem.
There is no coffee table in the lounge, so we had to use one of the dining chairs for our coffee cups.
The tv had a pay tv programme guide, but apart from pay-per-view movies, it was all free-to-air tv, but no guide.
The loft upstairs has 2 single beds, no bedside tables and no wardrobes. If a family of 4 stayed here, those sleeping upstairs would either have to leave their clothes in their suitcase, or put them on the floor.
The main bed downstairs had an electric blanket, but upstairs beds did not, and it was needed while we were there.
The bathroom had the usual note about being eco-friendly and placing used towels on the rail if the guests wanted to reuse them. One small towel rail, and no hooks makes it hard to do that. There was a tiny rail under the wash basin - the bath mat and one face washer took up that room. So again, for a family of 4, they would have had nowhere to put all 4 towels if they did want to reuse them..
As mentioned by a previous reviewer, the walls are paper thin between the units. When someone was washing dishes next door, we felt we could reach through and do the drying up for them!
Parking is not good. You cannot get your car very close unless you're in one of the end units and although there was a grassy area we saw others had parked on, as it had been very wet, it was extremely 'squishy' underfoot, with the potential to either get stuck or to damage the grassed area.
We realise that it is a large site undergoing refurbishment, and it seems to be used for a number of purposes - we saw a wedding, a seminar, church service etc but the accommodation could be a real income earner if these shortfalls were addressed, and more advertising of this side of the business was done - we stumbled across the website by accident. Friends who live nearby had no idea it was anything other than a place for school/church camps and functions.
The location suited us but at $180/night, it is not, at present, value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the beautiful Hutt River and the Valley beyond, our fully serviced motel units are ideal for those wanting to relax and unwind in a secluded bush setting. We have seven, two bedroom units which have a master bedroom with a super king sized bed, and a loft bedroom with two single beds. Our luxurious River View Studio overlooks the Hutt River and the Manor Park Golf Club beyond. This unit has an open plan living area with a super king sized bed and accessible bathroom facilities. Our Forest Studios are ideal for a couple. These have a modern rustic feel and have been designed to compliment the surrounding native bushland. We also have Group accommodation available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silverstream Retreat Hotel Lower Hutt