I prefer to stay in neighbourhoods where people actually live, rather than sticking to the beaten tourist track, which is why I usually choose The Hatton. It's half a block away from the Royal Botanic Gardens, and around the corner from great cafés and one fantastic restaurant (Bacash). I love the building's appearance from the front, and the common area is great for chilling out. The staff are helpful and friendly but non-intrusive. I asked for late check-out, which I was given at no extra charge. I got up way too late for breakfast, but the young lady at the desk was happy to let me have a couple of pastries and make me a pot of chai.
Got a bit of a dud room this time--nothing special about it. Normally I'm taken with the charm of their rooms, and they're all different, with no standard hotel-issue furniture.
Added benefit--the #8 tram stops right in front.
Quirky benefit--the TV is mounted at the perfect angle to watch telly in bed whilst propped up with pillows.
BTW, I really take issue with some of the negative reviews of this place. I think some people would be impossible to please even if champagne was flowing out of the taps.More