I stay in numerous hotels, but I feel like I have stepped back into my backpacking days. I feel like this is some dodgy pension that is charging exorbitant prices. I've paid $197 for the night & it isn't worth it. The room itself is clean & they have worked with what they have, but the red is horrendous. I stayed in room 608 & the lift only goes to level 5, so a walk up the stairs is necessary....no offer of help from staff just 'unfortunately you are on level 6, which means carrying your bag up there.' Great.
I was holding a work function here, to find the room was terrible. We were in Duthies Room. Down a dodgy looking hallway, the room dividers didn't close properly, so thankfully nobody was in next door. As soon as the sun set & about 5 mins into our presentation all these moths started flying about. Our guests (mostly women) were not impressed. Trying to maintain dignity & attention whilst the participants are trying to swat away the large moths wasn't easy. Some of our guests asked 'Why are you using this dump?' And these people are locals. They have given me suggestions for other places for next year.
When back into my room about 9pm, it sounded like there was a vacuum cleaner being used on the floor below. On top of that, what sounded like an industrial fan, keep cutting in and out. These happened numerous times during the night.
If you like cold air con, you will love this place. Even when you have the setting to 'heat' & turn it up as high as it would go you still freeze. I turned them both off & the room was still cold. Great in summer I'm sure.
The redeeming feature is the staff, they were very nice and friendly. It's not their fault the place has been left to run down.
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- Traditional Hotel in 7-story building dating from 1864. ... more less
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