Comparatively short notice found me at M on Mary rather than my preferred option in Brisbane of Quay West (see previous review). Stayed in 1 Bedroom "Riverview" - refer to my photos for the extent of the actual view of the river from the 26th floor! A very musty smell greeted me on entry to the apartment and there was some damage to the lounge room wall (I neglected to take a photo).
I think I was the only person over the age of 23 in the entire building - it is really an apartment block rather than a hotel and it obviously houses a huge number of students.
Normal check-out is advertised as 10:00am but I requested 11am on arrival which, I was assured, was 'entered into the system'. At 10:56 the next morning, as I was leaving the apartment, reception started making "Bugger Off" phone calls to the room which I felt was rather rude. When I mentioned this at reception I was told they'd made a mistake and hadn't seen on the system that I had an 11am check-out. Not sure whether I'd rather be considered rude or incompetent to be honest!
Overall - weird musty smell, students everywhere (OK, if that's your thing, of course), paid extra for a "Riverview" that you needed advanced astronomical equipment to actually see and either rude or incompetent front desk staff (take your pick).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mantra on Mary offers you stylish accommodation close to Eagle Street Pier and Queen Street Mall. You can choose an apartment with your private balcony boasting views across the city skyline or Brisbane River. One and Three Bedroom apartments are complete with everything you need; they feature a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, in-room Wi-Fi and a LCD TV with Foxtel. Onsite you’ll find a heated outdoor lap pool, gymnasium, sauna, a BBQ and recreation area, Aquarius Health & Medispa as well as a 22m indoor heated lap pool, and a gym with fitness classes suitable for both men and women. The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the Performing Arts Centre are just across the bridge. Or hop on the City Cat and take in the sights along the Brisbane River. Having fun is as easy as heading to Fortitude Valley to enjoy live music and a collection of amazing boutiques and funky designer shops. ... more less
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