Stayed for 2 nights at Best Western City Sands on business in the area during June. This place is basically the golf club 19th hole. Unfortunately, didn’t get to play the course so can’t comment on the golf.
When checking in the reception seemed a little odd as we were welcomed in and checked in by the security staff. No actual receptionist appeared to exist. Nothing wrong with the service (in fact better than the receptionist in the morning) but just a bit off putting. Gives the impression that times are hard or they have significant security issues.
Stayed in a regular no frills room and on the wrong side of the hotel so no views over the course or the ocean. No doubt this would make a huge difference to your experience if you were here for the golf or holidaying. But being here for business during the shortest days of the year this didn’t make too much of an impact.
The room itself was efficient. A kitchenette if you needed it but no mini bar if you are used to one. Large enough room space but annoyingly where the work space has been set up there are no easily accessible power points - my battery pack made it across the room to the opposite wall but became a trip hazard getting to the balcony door - strange! TVs with Foxtel in lounge and bedroom area although TV in bedroom was a dinosaur.
Bathroom appeared to have been recently refurbished and was clean and well presented although the water pressure from the shower seemed to have taken the environmental factor just a bit too far.
The bistro area seemed to be lightly frequented whilst I was there but for the days of the week this was not surprising. I did not eat at the bistro but people who had gave it an “OK” rating with "typical bistro food" type comments. There is an outdoor area with great views but too cold at this time of year. In the summer this would be excellent. There is also a bar, tab and gaming area - typical of a golf club 19th hole. The bar staff do get a round of applause as they were friendly and happy to have a chat whilst providing good service.
So would I stay here again. Yes I think I would although I would stay on the view side of the hotel. Is it a great hotel? Not quite. A professional reception area at all times would make it feel more like a proper hotel and I am afraid the workspace not having accessible plugs let this place down just a bit.
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