Upon arriving we were met by a grumpy guy at the desk who made us feel like he was really going out of his way to let us stay. He was really rude and not welcoming at all, tried some friendly chit chat with him because it was so awkward, but got nothing. When he gave us our keys, he told us that we were staying in an apartment that we were sharing with another group - this is the first we heard about this, we thought we had booked a private apartment. He then told us we didn't have a car park because we got there too late (5pm) and that the others in our apartment had got in first - we ended up wedging our car behind the theirs (so we didn't have to park in the street) but were worried that they might want to leave early the next morning, so were up early ourselves to make sure the car wasn't blocking them in.
Place was reasonably clean, but sharing with the others was a real surprise - I've stayed in lots of backpackers and am used to sharing, but when you have booked and paid for what you think is a private apartment, it was a bit annoying - especially seeing that neither the shower or the bathroom door had locks on them. I was there with my girlfriend, and they others in the other room were a bunch of guys, so needles to say she wasn't comfortable with the arrangement - luckily they were out most of the time. Also the wall between the bedroom and the toilet was so thin, that we could hear them breathing in there.
Kitchen was fine, but not keen on the idea of having to wash our own dishes with the threat of a fine from management - makes you wonder if anything is clean from the people before you and it just doesn't feel very welcoming.
Yes, it was cheap, no, definitely will NOT stay again.
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