Just got back from an almost two week stay at the Strand and loved it.
Granted the proximity to train tracks and the central nightlife area means there can be quite some noise at times but owners warn of this beforehand
Nevertheless we found it a great place to stay. The decor was a little dated but other than everything was more than satisfactory. Clean and neat, with all the necessary amenities. More than enough dishes, utensils and kitchen gadgets. Large sink, microwave, ceramic cooktop and fridge, with lots of kitchen storage space.
Only issue we had was it got quite warm especially at nights and opening windows to let in the cool air sometimes also came with the smoky smell of those getting their nightime nicotine fix, but guess that cant be helped.
The location was the best feature especially for those wanting to cook their own meals like us. Across the road is the Fish Market, which is always busy all day long and is open quite late too, closing at about 7pm most days. The made to order fish and chips seem to be the most popular and are quite generous servings too. Also can buy seafood to cook yourself and then pop back across the road to cook it fresh like we did the delicious salmon. Next block over and a minutes walk away is the best little fresh fruits and vegetable shop, prices were some of the cheapest around. There are several markets in the area, but what I wish I had gone to was the early Saturday market. The supermarkets are a couple minutes drive away but since we didnt have a car the owners kindly arranged for us to get a lift to the supermarket. Also fresh towels every day and an additional nice gesture was the daily paper delivery.
Other than that, the Strand is very close to the main bus depot, 2 min stroll away, and buses towards the supermarket, neighbouring suburbs and the Mount leave regularly. The central city area and a wide range of shops, eateries, banks, post office, souvenir shops are all literally down the road.
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