Stayed in one of the 'economy' rooms on the first floor which overlooked the internal courtyard carpark checked in around 11pm.
Basically, if you are stay in one of the 'economy' rooms you will find only one rather partial photo of the room - basically the bed - on their website. For a reason. Basically, as opposed to the rest of the rooms advertised, the economy rooms look like a relic from the past - 80s decor, old, mismatched, uninviting and with a bathroom equally outdated. Dont get me the wrong, the room was adequately clean, everything worked (even if it rattled, leaked a bit), but I suppose that initial feeling of disappointment when you enter the room never left me - as I really wasn't expecting what I got. Everything in the room just felt past its use-by date.
Maybe the fact that I was woken in the morning by a large coach idling in the carpark waiting for a elderly tour group to get up and on the bus didn't help. A little card and chocolate i found on the laminate wall unit welcoming some stranger back to the hotel, I also found also a little disconcerting.
For a hotel that has very pricey breakfasts, an upmarket restaurant attached, and great location to the bay etc - the current state of the 'economy' rooms do not fit the branding for this chain. I have stayed in many 'economy' rooms in other hotels before and these have been simply decorated and inviting.
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- Also Known As:
- Chifley Hotel And Apartments Geelong
- Chifley On The Esplanade Geelong