"...it's not that bad," said my wife. Unfortunately, if you think of it as a hotel, it's also not so good. The mediocrity of the experience was underscored by the general unfriendliness and lack of helpfulness of several members of the staff. Upon arriving in the morning from an overnight flight, we were forced to wait to check-in until 2 pm, despite the availability of rooms.
The sparse breakfast lacked variety and availability of fresh fruit, though it would have been tolerable had the woman that staffed the breakfast room, a real ray of sunshine in the morning, not accused me of failing to sign in for breakfast 4 times. After having been here 3 weeks (and signing in over 20 times), I would have thought she would have caught on that I was, in fact, NOT stealing breakfast. At a place, however, with a clientele consisting largely of teenagers traveling with touring groups, this may in fact be a problem. These very tour groups seem to throw this attendant into a bit of a rage (OK, they had the same effect on me too), driving her to throw the dishes around so loudly they sound like they're breaking. This likely accounts for the lack of a complete set of dishes at any given meal. On a daily basis one was forced to hunt around for a spoon from one tray, a glass from another, and so on.
Then there was the "residential" plan. Don't do it. Basically, you only get cleaning once a week. This would be fine with me at a better hotel. However, if you use more than one roll of toilet paper a week, this presents a problem at this particularly stingy hotel. Though we asked for extra rolls four times, it was only delivered once (one roll). We eventually invested in a 6-roll pack for 2 euros at the supermarket down the street. One week, when the room was cleaned, they took all of our towels--but they didn't replace them! That was an interesting surprise when I got out of the shower.
Having a small kitchen was nice as it allowed us to prepare small meals for dinner. Unfortunately, you can't actually use the counter because it is made of a flimsy piece of stainless steel, and would flex and pop with an amazing ruckus anytime you would touch it. The small refrigerator would also have been nice, had the interior not been covered in mold!
I tried to give this place a 2/5, but after writing this review, I could not bring myself to do it. My recommendation--look elsewhere.
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