Hotel wooden framed building dating from 1868 (Coromandel Gold Rush) and Thames still has the feel of a Wild West town. Had 2 night stay in twin bedded room at very good rate (low season). Decent sized room in minimalistic decor but none the worse for that - you can live from suitcase (no fitted wardrobes, chairs etc - perhaps other rooms different). Beds very comfortable. Plug in electric heater - with cut off when room comfortably warm. Effective separate wet room for shower/WC facility. No TV in room but nearby residents lounge with wide screen TV and free tea, coffee and milk. Separate fridge and cooking facilities available. Staff (2) very friendly. Downstairs bar recently opened and town cinema next door.
Hotel on main street with many cafes, bars and restaurants nearby. Many reminders of town's mining history still remain - museums, tours of gold mine and stamping battery, narrow gauge railway etc. Care needed on drive north to Coromandel town and some west/east roads still unsealed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Thames. Just two blocks from the water and easily accessible to many restaurants and local attractions. ... more less