Considering that only 2 nights prior, I paid NZD$99 for a FANTASTIC room in the middle of the city, I was expecting something a little better for the NZD$75 or so I paid for this room... I knew it wouldn't be a Novotel standard, but for a motel near the airport (and with a somewhat "captive" audience), they are overcharging somewhat. I think NZD$45 would be fair. Seriously.
The staff were friendly enough (although the Porter playing card games on the reception computer at 5.45am isn't a professional look). The airport transfer is free, so that's a bonus.
But the room. Oh, I really can't say ANYTHING nice. The drawers in the bathroom were falling out. The furniture was old. I was close to complaining about the room next door and their TV up loud - thankfully they turned it off, as I was due to get up for an early flight.
It smelled like they had just painted, but it needs more than a paint job. It needs new carpet, new bathroom fixtures and fittings, and a professional in-room service directory. I was too scared to try the restaurant... And based on Google Maps / Around Me / urbanSpoon, etc., there was NOTHING close by... I was tempted to get a pizza delivered, but I just ate chocolate for dinner, watched the early 90's CRT TV (seeing as how modern small LCD TVs are about $199, even that would be an update!), and then played games on my iPad, whilst waiting for the noise from next door to die down.
Maybe I'm being a bit unfair... after all, it WAS only NZD$75, but I'm having to compare it to the previous night at The Scenic Hotel (see my review), which is RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY! And was only about NZD$25 more!
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