We had a quick one night stopover at The McLaren Hotel on Saturday 31 May 2014. We had early bird booked a Deluxe King Room. The hotel phoned a few days ahead to confirm our booking and check our estimated time of arrival. So when we arrived the receptionist was ready for us. She was polite, helpful and attentive. She showed us where the breakfast room was and also where the stairs came up from from the underground car park. She was able to give us directions to nearby shops too.
After checking in we first moved the car to the underground car park. The entrance to the car park was steep and narrow. It was only a very small car park that fitted around 10 cars with not a great deal of room to manoeuvre either. We were heading out later to attend a wedding and knew it would be full when we returned. I would not have liked to try and get out on finding the car park already full, it would have been tricky. But the manager had already told me that McLaren Street was pretty empty over the weekend and we had no difficulties in getting a car park almost right outside the hotel door when we returned. We had also found a church car park right across the road which we would have used if necessary.
I had deliberately booked a ground floor room so we wouldn't have to carry our luggage up any stairs. But that didn't quite work out for us once we moved the car into the underground park. I have no complaints about the stairs or having the take the luggage up the stairs (there wasn't that many) but for anyone who has difficulties I would suggest taking the luggage out of the car on checking in before heading to the underground car park. People with rooms on the first floor obviously have to deal with more stairs as there is no elevator.
The hotel itself was quite lovely. Obviously old but we felt it was decorated beautifully. Lots of lovely stained glass windows. Our Deluxe King room was a good size. Not huge but we were happy with it, especially since it was just the two of us. It had a reasonable size bathroom, a flat screen TV, tea, coffee, a jug and a hair dryer. It had a nice little garden with a small outdoor setting. Our king bed seemed comfortable but during the night got a little hard. The walls were a little thin but it was really only when it was very quiet, like in the middle of the night, that we could hear the odd noise or two, otherwise it was fine. McLaren Street was very quiet and we didn't hear any traffic or street noise at all. We were woken around 7am by the rather lovely sound of Kookaburras in the distance which was kind of nice but annoying at the same time. Just one of those things!
The hotel had a lovely breakfast room. Breakfast was $8.00 for a light continental breakfast (cereal, toast, fresh fruit, tea, coffee). There was also two small nice outdoor areas and also a nice lounge room. We chose to go for a morning walk down Miller Street and after a five minute walk found a couple of nice little cafes and started the day with a lovely hot breakfast which was very reasonably priced. The day before we'd walked up Miller Street and found a nice little bakery only five minutes away where we were able to buy milk and some treats too. The wedding we attended was at Gunner's Barracks and it took us about 15 minutes to drive there.
All in all we really enjoyed our quick stop at The McLaren Hotel and will be very happy to stay again.
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