I arrived on a Friday night at the end of the busy christmas period. My first 3 choices of accommodation in Paihia were booked up so I settled for this one after a decent review in the Lonely Planet. The lonely planet was written at least 4 years ago though which is enough time for accommodation to turn BAD-O.
The room was clean enough, myself and 3 friends stayed in an apartment with 2 single beds and a sofa bed for $360 for 2 nights. This price is highly inflated to abuse the busy period and the shortage of accomodation in this area.
I firstly annoyed the grumpy receptionist when I asked to first view the room before handing over $360. This was after waiting for 1/2 hour outside a closed door with "back in 20 minutes" written on it.
I then annoyed her further by phoning the out of hours number (at about 6.30pm) to tell her that she'd given me the wrong key and I couldn't lock my door to go out. The following morning I had no desire to mention the squeekiest, wonkiest bed on planet earth for fear of having my head ripped off and chewed to a paste. I suffered the bed for 1 more night before thankfully leaving this place.
On a plus note, it's conveniently located and my room had an awesome shower. There are many other places in the area to choose before this one though.
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