Karin's garden villa website offers so much but the reality is someting different. While the house is a pleasant villa in a quite part of Devonport the room we stayed in was dated, poorly serviced with tired decoration (the border wallpaper was hanging off the wall} The en-suite bathroom was basic with a constantly running toilet cistern. Towels were old, hard and smelt of damp. The chairs in the room were plastic garden chairs.
Breakfasts were continental, as we were informed on our first morning, but don't get excited about croissants and danish pastries - all you get is stale cereal. a few pieces of fruit, bread. yogurt and a few jams. For someone who doesn't eat sweet things there was no alternative so I ended up buying my own cheese!
One morning as we were geting ready we heard shouting from the owner at what we assumed was a member of her staff. However as we went for breakfast we learnt that the owner had been shouting at a guest because she had been using Skype (even though free wifi is part of the price) Another morning during breakfast the owner shouted at one of her young staff making it very uncomfortable for everyone at the breakfast table.
As a plus the two young staff employed at the villa were very helpful: we could do our laundry free of charge and the owner let us have a shower before we caught our plane.
As A guest house owner myself I was looking forward to sampling the hospitality of a guest house in New Zealand - I have to say I was very disappointed - not somewhere I would reccomend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Karins Garden Villa - a cosy comfortable B&B/Homestay right in the heart of Devonport. Our homely villa flows to a peaceful garden with a huge tropical palm tree, under which you can enjoy your breakfast and the unique sound of the tui birds. While relaxing at Karins you can contact your friends at home on free wireless internet. Your laundry will also be done complimentary.At the end of your day you might enjoy a drink in our beautifully illuminated native surrounding. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Karin's Garden Villa B&B Devonport, New Zealand - Auckland