I've just read a couple of negative reviews and wonder if people are writing about the same Birches where we just spent a week. Somebody said there was no public transport - it's less than a block off a tram route and little further to a railway station. I have a bad knee and it didn’t take me five minute to walk to the nearest supermarket but what do you want, a room by the dairy cabinet in Coles? As for the person who complained that their dishes weren't washed for them they have clearly missed the point. Little wonder the staff weren’t too sympathetic.
Yes, it is a renovated block of flats but it’s been done well for the price you pay and that is something to keep in mind – the price you pay! If you want to read about a badly renovated and shabbily furnished old building that’s promoted as serviced apartments just click on my other reviews.
Our stay was great. The apartment was comfortable, clean and well furnished. The bed has excellent! The bathroom wasn't marble with gold fittings (thank goodness) but it was clean and everything worked fine. That said I would have preferred not to have become quite so intimate with the shower curtain but our relationship developed quite nicely over the week.
My only concern was the parking which is extremely tight but more often than not the problems were caused by the way other guests parked their cars.
We will certainly be back and we’ll be more than happy to wash any of the crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment we use. And thank goodness there is no mini-bar. It left room for the things we wanted to put in the fridge ourselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Birches Serviced Apartments offer fully equipped and spacious apartments with all the comforts of home, featuring full kitchen with microwaves and hotplates, Free Wifi and much more. A beautiful common court-yard with BBQ facilities with a veggie and herb garden are at the disposal of guests. What's more our guests can also use the bicyles provided free of charge throughout their stay to ride around the city centre. Rooms recently refurbished and freshened up under New Management since August 2013. ... more less
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