For a "hotel" if you could call it that, it certainly lacks ALOT of the amentities you get from some the bigger hotels. Yes, location wise it is only 500m away from shops and public transport. Yes the overall architecture is pretty. It feels very old and more like an over presented backpackers.
I stayed in one of the "Explorer" rooms. The only good thing about the room for me was the bed was comfy and from the balony you could see some of Aussies beautiful wild parots (Cockatoos and Rainbow Lorakeets). However if I had to give it a star rating it would be 2.5 and that would be pushing it. The rooms are barely large enough to swing a cat. The bed is more/less pushed hard up against the wall. They've tried to fit a dinner table for two in by chopping away ¼ of the round table top - just looks shabby and tacky. The walls are very thin, so you hear not only people walking down the hallway but also people going to the toilet in the floor above. The bathroom door and window was always left open and I soon discovered why aside from it being only big enough to stand in with a toilet, vanity and shower crammed in. There is a drain in the centre of the room and also in the show itself both smell and could do with a good flushing of drain cleaner!. There was also a hole in the ceiling and peeling paint with indications of mould/mildrew damage probably also adds to the smell. The shower rose was cracked so very little pressure, very noisy and no consistancy to temperature freezing one minute and scoulding the next. I don’t think the bed linen was changed from the last guest either, as there were long blonde hairs under one the pillow, shortish dark hair under another a one stray “other hair” when I pulled the covers back. Mini bar…..most of the drinks had expired several months ago and it’s completely non-alcoholic. The fridge is also noisy so if you are a light sleeper you may want to bring some from of ear plugs. As for “breakfast being provided” it’s only provided on the weekend and it’s all packet stuff, shoved in the fridge the night before. The hotel does not provide any form of room service or even in-house movies or pay-per-view TV. There is also no in-house dining and "lounge" area is only open when reception is open. If you want food you either cook it all yourself in one big communal kitchen or you go out to eat. Thankfully there are heaps of places a short walk way.
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