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Best Western Plus Hotel Lord Forrest
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Bunbury
Reviewed July 13, 2008

Not a good start when you are checking in to hear another guest talking to the duty manager about how the cleaner gave them cleaning products to clean their own spa (which smelt bad and was dirty).
But at least we got an earlier check in despite the surliness of the check in lady who obviously wanted to be anywhere but there.
Room clean but seriously dated. New mattresses were good (I always check mattresses for bed bugs - been there done that).
But the noise!!!! Midnight and guests carousing around the pool area. The staff were too intimidated to tell them to be quiet (the hotel is one big atrium so noise travels).
Two more hours of guests opening their doors and yelling down at them to Shut Up!
Then the drag races started outside the hotel till 4am.
Had a look at the Lighthouse Hotel, so will stay there next time. Cheaper and could not be any worse than this one.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

As the hotelo was booked by the company for a 21 day business trip I had no other choice... The room was dated, dark colors, leaking windows, dripping tab. Helpful was the large fridge. The bed was o.k.
Breakfast is good if you stay for a day or a weekend but afterwards you will not see the same food arranged in the same way day in and day out.
The staff was definetely desinterested and incompetent. While eating (cutlery in my hands) they started to clean the table, throw items on my clothes and on the floor (we called them "knife thrower" after a few days). Changing the date of departure was first impossible and two hours later no problem. Room service was throwing items on the floor at different times and front desk staff was sitting three days with the same shirt (to be detected by the same grease spots on the chest). The cherry on the icing was a fire alarm Saturday night (there was no fire...) Staff was helpless and if it was definetly cold outside (6°C) the staff went back to their room and got some jackets and blanket while families with kids waiting in pyjamas. No excuses at any time from staff or management.
The WiFi is slow and expensive, also the download limit is annoying when you are on a business trip.
At least the pub was closed nearly every day by 8:30 p.m. except weekends. Lukywise the "town center" is in walking distance.
The price of 150 AUD B&B (company rate) is not worth this.accomodation. If I need to go back to bunbury I would try another hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled on business
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1  Thank sandmaennchen
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Reviewed October 22, 2007

Never again! Definitely not child friendly, or people friendly for that matter. Lots of problems with reservations. I have never seen so many guests complain at one time. Unfriendly managers who refuse to speak to guests. I would sleep in my car rather than the Quality Hotel Lord Forrest.

  • Stayed: October 2007
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2  Thank Joondalup
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Reviewed October 14, 2007

To put it simply - I shall never bother to return again. We were overcharged for our room after being quoted a set price and then also advised that breakfast was not included. Our room was upgraded without our consent or advice and when we went to check out we were charged the higher room rate. When we attempted to speak to the duty manager or hotel manager, he was always conveniently absent. The second in charge basically advised us that we had a room with view, so what was our problem - in other words get over it.

All staff have a nasty habit of finger pointing and seemed genuinely completely dis-interested in any of our comments or complaints.

Very disappointing stay which will definitly not be repeated.

And to think this is the sort of service we offer tourists ....!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank apxk
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Reviewed September 6, 2007

The hotel, while tired, provided adequate facilities and the children loved the pool.
Sadly, we were given a room directly over the noisy pub and the effect was as if the live band was playing in our bedroom. Staff said 'it'll stop soon' when I called at 11.45pm to complain (which it did, at around 12.15am)
Didn't bother complaining at check out as the staff were clearly disinterested. No response to my written complaint to manager.
Doubly annoying as the hotel was half empty and could have placed us elsewhere if they cared to.
Don't stay here if you like to get to sleep before midnight!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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6  Thank Louise65
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Reviewed May 18, 2007

The place had good service.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 11, 2007

Hotel is in serious need of renovations, it doesn't look like it has been spruced up since it opened in the 1980s. Rooms are quite large but very basic. Front counter staff seemed nice enough but disinterested. A request from our room to reception for towels (after they had made up the room but left no new towels) was "forgotten" even though they log all calls. Housekeeping staff have the annoying habit of wanting to restock the minibar as early as 8:30am. The hotel advertises facilities such as gym and sauna, but the gym equipment was appallingly old and more than half of the few machines did not operate. There is meant to be a male and female sauna, but the male one hasn't been working "for quite some time", so there is now just a unisex sauna with no privacy to get changed. The pool is right in the middle of the hotel, right in front of where people eat meals in the restaurant and check in, so only swim if you have a fantastic body to show off for all to see. The pool also gives the entire inside of the hotel a strong chlorine smell, but we couldn't smell it in our room thankfully. This hotel is way overpriced for what it offers, and in Bunbury there are a couple of much better and cheaper alternatives such as the Lighthouse Hotel or Clifton Beach Motel.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank chookas
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Additional Information about Best Western Plus Hotel Lord Forrest

Address: 20 Symmons St, Bunbury, Western Australia 6230, Australia (Formerly Best Western Plus Hotel Lord Forrest)
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Bunbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bunbury
#4 Spa Hotel in Bunbury
Price Range: $110 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Best Western Plus Hotel Lord Forrest 3.5*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rediscover Bunbury's iconic gem! Best Western Plus Hotel Lord Forest is an internationally recognised property which boasts a uniqueness from its competitors by offering sophisticated chic 4 star hotel & apartment style accommodation in the heart of Bunbury's CBD. Whilst staying at the hotel, enjoy a relaxing atrium tranquility unlike no other when dining at UNWIND eat | drink | lounge. Offering a contemporary Australian modern cuisine for in-house & local guests. If a cheeky cocktail or barista-made coffee is something more for you after a busy day, sit back & unwind in the lounge chairs at the bar, whilst enjoying great service, free wi-fi & of course some delicious bar snacks. Experience our newly renovated king, queen, twin suites + apartments located on Chapter 3, 4 & 5 of the hotel. Step into a new era, or should I say chapter, of the Hotel Lord Forrest & be amazed w/ the sleek open planned rooms offering a little luxury w/ ocean, harbour + city views. ... more   less 
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