We chose this hotel because of its central location.
We received a warm welcome from the proprietor and he even carried my bag to the room which I appreciated as there is no lift. We had booked a standard double room as when I did the reservation there were no Executive doubles left. The room looked pleasant and was reasonably spacious, clean and well appointed. So what's not to like?
1. When we arrived, in daylight, the curtains were drawn which I thought was slightly odd. When we opened them we were looking onto the side of a really ugly concrete multi storey car parking building with cars parked at eye level only meters from our window. I know they can't help what's next door but how about some attempt at beautifying it? (Paint? Cladding?) It belongs to the City Council - surely they would help.
2. I read the room compendium which was probably a mistake. In it there are all these dire warnings about how sensitive the fire alarm system is and that it can be triggered by steam from the shower or allowing the kettle to boil too long. What's more, if you're "responsible" for "the fire engines coming" you will be charged $1200 + GST. I found this unacceptable. If the fire alarm system is really this sensitive then I would suggest that it is unfit for purpose. If it isn't really this sensitive and they are just trying to terrorise their guests then they succeeded and I won't be staying again.
3. The room had a double and single bed and we slept in the double. It was REALLY uncomfortable as it was very soft and really not designed for two people. I know, one of us could have slept in the single, but since this was the first night of a holiday to celebrate our 35th anniversary, it seemed wrong. I usually sleep very well, but I slept really badly that night.
When I checked out I was waiting for one of the proprietors to ask "how was your stay" and although they both had the opportunity neither of them did. Maybe they knew they'd dealt us a dud. If you go ahead and decide to stay here anyway, avoid room 19.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Victoria Railway Hotel of Invercargill, New Zealand, offers modern, stylish and comfortable hotel accommodation with a touch of old world charm. Victoria Railway Hotel is an Invercargill icon situated in the heart of the city with a NZ Historic Places Trust Category 1 Registration. The Victoria Railway Hotel offers you all the creature comforts of home as well as the extra care and attention you would expect from an executive hotel, complimented with a private lounge bar and restaurant. We provide a range of modern accommodation options from Standard Studios through to Executive Studios and VIP Suites. From the moment you enter our doors your needs are our priority. The little things we provide are what make a stay an unforgettable experience. As a family owned and operated business, we strive to ensure our guests have the most pleasant stay in Invercargill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Victoria Railway
- Victoria Railway Hotel Invercargill, South Island