We visited for a couple of days earlier this month in a three week tour of eastern Australia. Firstly the positives - there is free car parking and wifi, which we found very valuable. The property was also clean and tidy and we had a lovely view of the river.
The negatives were, however, frustrating because these apartments could be so much better. I gather the property is popular with visitors to the adjoining hospital and perhaps that is why we felt that it had a hospital atmosphere, with drab furnishings and colours. We didn't think that the green chairs and paintwork worked with the 'new' brown carpet and red ochre settee. Indeed the chairs and beds looked as if they had been purchased as part of a hospital job lot. There was also a 'hospital smell' in the corridors, but if it was disinfectant, that is no bad thing. Our view has generally been that you don't spend much time in a room, so the decor is maybe not so important. The furnishings do look to have been assembled on the cheap and this leads us to the main downsides.
We met one of the proprieters on check-in and she seemed a nice lady, however it did feel a bit like being at school as we looked around the apartment. Notices liberally placed around the apartment and especially on appliances were the kind of 'don't do this' or 'do that and it will cost you this' signs that are hardly welcoming. They informed of charges of $30 for unclean dishes, $200 'refreshment charge for smokers, and a warning that if the fire brigade were called out (bizarrely), the cost would be $1020. I have never seen such signs in any other apartment. I have attached photos of these.
Would we return or recommend the apartments? No, we just felt that the place was too depressing and a little disconnected from the centre. I suspect that the private owners do not have the resources to improve, which is understandable in the current climate. However, decent investment could transform the apartments. For us, though, it was the worst accommodation we stayed in throught our visit to Australia and, unfortunately, every other place got compared with 'the Chaseley'.
I hope it works out for the owners, but I would recommend that if they get an interior designer, good beds and furniture, they could be on a winner. Sadly, it didnt reach that level for us the way it is at the moment.
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