The webpage and hotel photos are a credit to the photographers art, much like real estate pictures. It's true, downstairs has a mix of shabby Chinese furniture and artefacts. However, this hopeful image is soon dispelled by the grubby, fingerprinted elevator, and the dirty walls of the hall. "It's just like a backpacker's" my travel partner exclaims, on seeing the room for the first time. The combination of mission brown and dirty white, with cheap bamboo blinds obscuring the harbour glimpses does nothing to dispel the impression. No decoration, except in the bathroom, which has, inexplicably, a lovely Ming-dynasty like wash bowl. Speaking of the bathroom, it has no hooks or towel rails, and an unrelable shower head Towels are hung outside the bathroom on a peculiar bamboo ladder.
The bar/restaurant upstairs is pleasant enough. 'Free' breakfast is unappetising- only two choices of banana pancake or American breakfast. My travel partner, being American, was unimpressed; I paid extra for a bowl on granola ( stale).
There are some good things: the staff are eager and friendly, if incompetent, and the rooms are spotlessly clean. But with the nearby Sheridan hotel having rates of $AUD62/night, they sure better lift their game.More
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