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“So much better than a square box hotel room”
Review of iStay Precinct

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iStay Precinct
Adelaide, Australia
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327 reviews
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“So much better than a square box hotel room”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

So, we booked the iStay for this trip to Adelaide. Having stayed in a number of pretty good hotels, we thought we would give this place a try as the website showed some reasonably good sized mini-apartments.
Check in was a bit more cumbersome than with a hotel, a fair few rules to comply with and sign for, but thats understandable if others are looking to party all night and trash the place. We crossed the concourse and made our way up to a one bed apartment, fully functioning, with a large sundeck and kitchen area. Foxtel, whisper quiet air con and even a starter pack to make a cup of tea. We was out for most of the day, with the location being so convenient for the northern and western CBD, and found the apartment to be quiet at night.
Fully refreshed with a goods night sleep, we have vowed to always consider iStay in the future.

Room Tip: We was on the fourth floor for our stay and would recommend the upgrade to a higher floor in the tow...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hotel M, Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. We are pleased to read that you found your apartment well equipped and you enjoyed our sundeck balconies. Apartments are a great alternative from small hotel rooms as it is nice to have that extra space and comfort whilst on holiday. We very much look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

My son and I do a "footy trip" every year to different Australian cities. This year it was Launceston and Adelaide (our final two cities). Without a shadow of a doubt our two bedroom apartment at iStay Precinct was our best accommodation across the nation. So good we'll probably go to Adelaide again next year,

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Hotel M, Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. We are so pleased to read that you and your son enjoyed our apartments and your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

With this new apartment you get basicially what you pay for, It is in a great location but basic things like you get 2 bath towels and a bath mat and thats it no hand towel or face washer are supplied which are basic things normally supplied.

They give you a small soap to wash your hands with but there is no where to leave it apart from sitting on the bathroom bench.

The shower rose in the shower of our apartment may look great but gives out hardly any water.

The most disturbing thing we found was on a saturday night they have a lot of young people stay and this was noticable with the amount of noisy people using the pool and spa while drinking alcohol not a thing most families would like to see or have to put up with.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hotel M, Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We appreciate you taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. Our central location is great for guests wanting to explore Adelaide city. Like all inner city hotels, some street noise is expected on weekends, however closely monitored by reception. Being an iStay property, we are able to offer low nightly rates with flexible service options. Basic amenities are included with additional linen available for purchase at reception. This way guests can save money whist enjoying their stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

No complaints at all. Communication was prompt and clear throughout booking / planning and subsequent dealings. Very pleased to have room upgrade, thanks :) My friend and I had a great time, pleasant and helpful desk service - very personable and friendly with humour too. Loved the apartment and happy, all we needed was there and self service no prob for 6 nights, enjoyed the privacy and independence - loved the loop bus and tram, close to CBD. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

Room Tip: Room 301, loved the people watching while there out on balcony - noise no prob at all.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Hotel M, Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Thank you for your recent review on your stay at iStay Precinct. It is nice to hear that you not only enjoyed your stay with us but also enjoyed our beautiful city. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our apartments, facilities and our friendly staff. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.
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Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

We stayed three nights in Room 403. It was a very compact one bedroom apartment with a well equipped kitchen. We had a problem with the shower head which was fixed very promptly when we drew it to the attention of the staff member on reception. Although it was a small apartment we were much more comfortable here than we would have been in a hotel room. We knew the apartment would not be serviced daily and we were fine with that. We had a hire car and we found the parking easy to negotiate. We paid an extra $18.00/day for parking. The staff were very friendly and helpful (provided an umbrella for my partner when the rain set in).

There are loads of restaurants and coffee shops nearby and it's a short walk to Rundle Mall, the museum and the art gallery.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hotel M, Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay at iStay Precinct and that you found our staff to be both friendly and helpful. We are in a great location, especially with the free bus stop on the next corner, such a short walk to China Town, the Central Markets and Gouger Street.
We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

I booked a compact 2 bedroom apartment to stay for 5 nights at iStay Precinct, Adelaide, SA through BOOKING.COM.

After the check-in registration, I had to go through the back door and crossed a private road (without a warning sign and no zebra crossing) where resident car parks were located, before entering another block of apartments which was not connected at all to the first block where the reception was located.

On entering the apartment, there were 2 bedrooms and a living room/kitchen with a 42” flat screen TV, a comfortable sofa and balcony. The kitchen was clean and well equipped. However, there was a red colour stain on the light coloured carpet. There was a washing machine (but no washing powder provided), iron and board, a hair dryer, 2 toilet rolls and 3 tiny soaps inside the toilet. There was no safe-box in the apartment.

The 2 bedrooms albeit a little small; one had an air condition, a wardrobe and a double bed which was comfortable. However, the 2nd bedroom (also a double bed) had no air-condition, fan and no wardrobe. There were no hooks installed on the walls where we could hang our clothes. Both bedrooms could not be securely locked, and the soundproof of the bedrooms were unsatisfactory.

Saturday was a nightmare with music blasting till 2am-3am.

The main door lock was fixed the wrong way which I had to turn the said lock anti-clockwise to open the right-sided main door, and one of the light switches in the bedroom was also fixed upside down. The main door did not have a peep-hole for my security and safety.

While these defects were irritating I was gobsmacked when I tried to ask for fresh towels and apartment cleaning. The receptionist told me that there would be no cleaning of the apartment at all for the duration of my 5-night stay, no changing of fresh bed sheets, no emptying of rubbish bins, no cleaning of the toilets, etc. However, I may request the full cleaning service of the apartment at AUD57.00 per service, or fresh towels at AUD3.00 each to be collected at the receptionist counter.

I was appalled that the management failed to do the basic service for hygiene sake, for example, the cleaning of the toilet, and the emptying of the rubbish bins.

Had BOOKING.COM stated these shocking management policies I was sure I would not have made the said booking.

Also, the Management charged 1.5% extra for payment by credit card. While BOOKING.COM did mention about the credit card surcharge, it would be more transparent if BOOKING.COM would clearly state which hotel/apartment would incur the credit card surcharge rather than let the customers find out themselves only during check-out.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank PhDPenang
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Hotel M, Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us at iStay Precinct. It is surprising to read some of your comments in regards to such things as servicing as it is quite clearly stated on the website in which you booked and on all other websites that we are an iStay property and the rates on offer are unserviced. In order to offer such competitive rates we have given our guests the option of servicing (at an additional cost). Refuse chutes are also placed on each floor to ensure that guests can easily dispose of their waste on a daily basis.
You are correct in saying that there are two building at our property and you do need to walk from one to the other, however this is done so via a private paved area between the two buildings - this is sometimes used as a drop off point for guests therefore very minimal cars may be present.
In regards to the 1.5% charge, this is noted in the terms and conditions on websites and also we have signs advising this at reception when checking in.
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Room Tip: Go for the top floors to get a view and distance away from traffic noise
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Hotel M, Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thank you for your recent review on your stay. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and found the apartment, location and service to a high standard.
We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Property: iStay Precinct
Address: 185 Morphett St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia (Formerly Oaks Precinct)
Location: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Adelaide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — iStay Precinct 4.5*
Number of rooms: 217
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
IStay Precinct offers urban and contemporary accommodation in the Adelaide CBD. Conveniently located in close proximity to a bustling hub of attractions, stroll to the myriad of entertainment venues, cocktail bars, restaurants and shopping destinations. IStay Precinct accommodation options include 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, each containing full kitchen and laundry facilities, open plan living and private balconies with sweeping city views. Also enjoy the Precinct's luxurious guest facilities including indoor heated pool, sauna, spa and steam room. To be able to bring you exceptionally low rates, iStay hotels offer a different and more flexible level of service. If you have chosen to stay at an "iStay" property, you will receive the best available unserviced rate. You will have the choice of cleaning service options, at an additional cost upon check in at your Hotel. If your length of stay is for more than 7 nights you will receive a complimentary full cleaning service in the middle of your stay. If you are staying more than 12 days you will receive this service every 7 days. Amenities included in iStay properties: Tea/Coffee Starter Pack, Bath Towels, Bath Mat, Soap, as well as Kitchen consumables (Tea Towel, Cleaning Cloth, Dishwashing Liquid and Powder). Amenities not included in iStay properties: Hand Towel, Face Washer, Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Lotion, Laundry Powder, Scourer and Tissues. Opening hours of the swimming pool is from 6am to 8pm. ... more   less 
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