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“Awesome apartment but spoiled by expensive internet”
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iStay Precinct
Christchurch, New Zealand
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442 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Awesome apartment but spoiled by expensive internet”
Reviewed 8 September 2012 via mobile

This apartment complex is conveniently located within a few blocks walk of some great restaurants, a fantastic market, supermarkets and most areas of interest. Free circular loop bus is 200m away. I stayed in a one bedroomed city view apartment with balcony which had everything you need. Downside is the very expensive internet. I booked the non-service option and when they say it doesn't get serviced then it doesn't so just make sure you need to buy everything (coffee, toilet roll, washing liquid) after the first day. All good except the $23+ internet charge :-(. If they made this more cheaper then really really good and spacious apartments.a

  • Stayed September 2012
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OaksHotels, Guest Relations Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, 11 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. It is great to read that you found our hotel in a good convenient location to all you needed to explore Adelaide. We are pleased you were happy with your 1 Bedroom City View Apartment and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Sydney
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

I stayed at the iStay Adelaide for two nights. The room and bathroom was clean and spacious. I stayed in one of there one bedroom apartments. I was initially apprehensive about the noise level as stated in other reviews but was surprised that I was not disturbed at all by the nightclub next door. People considering staying at the iStay should be aware that the "hotel" does not service the room during your stay and there is very little in the way of bathroom supplies for the duration of your stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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OaksHotels, Guest Relations Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, 11 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. It is wonderful to read that you found your apartment to be clean and spacious and in a great location. Our iStay brand offers discount accommodation for our guests and in order to provide low rates, amenities are not provided however there are some available at reception for an additional charge. We apologise if this was not communicated to you correctly upon booking. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

My first time staying at an Istay hotel was a surprise. No you don't get the extra towels, shampoo etc but you do get a top class room with all facilities - kitchen and laundry. An ideal stay if you had multiple nights and needed to eat in now and then. Throw in pool, spa, sauna and steam room and you have a 4 star facility but only paying 3 star rate. (I payed $111 a night). The room does not have a compendiam outlining these extras which is unfortunate. My room was in rear building, some fun with lift as I went up and down a few times before getting correct floor. The staff were very friendly and helpful when storing our group's luggage. If booking taxi for airport allow time as they were slow in arriving, it was 8.30am though. A must eat out when in Adelaide is Stanleys fish restaurant (near China town), I don't think you will find better value anywhere!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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OaksHotels, Guest Relations Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, 5 September 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. It is wonderful to read that you found our apartments to be top class with all the facilities and at a good price. We are pleased you found our staff friendly and helpful and I will pass your comments onto the Hotel Manager. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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WA Australia
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We stayed at the Istay Precinct Hotel for 5 nights last week and enjoyed our time there. We were in the Attitude Building in a back ground floor apartment. We had our own entrance and a small courtyard/ verandah. It was quiet with a comfy bed and very clean bathroom and kitchen but the carpet and walls were slightly marked and detracted from the look of the apartment. After reading other reviews I was expecting party noise on Friday night but we had no problems. We would recommend Istay. Very close to Central markets, Googer Street and buses etc.

Room Tip: Rooms in back wing - Attitude building appear to be newer. and probably quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank PatD57
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OaksHotels, Guest Relations Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, 29 August 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay and found your apartment comfortable and clean. I will pass your comments in regards to the marked carpets and walls onto the Hotel Manager and Maintenance Manger for their attention. We do hope you will choose to stay again soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

I stayed at this apartment because the Crowne Plaza was booked out.

The staff was great and was helpful at all requests. The room and bathroom was clean.
Only faults that I can nit pick was that cutlery, plates, utensils & kitchenware was dirty and needed a good scrubbing.

The matresses was really firm just the way I like it.

I will stay at iStay Precinct again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Paul L
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OaksHotels, Guest Relations Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, 29 August 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. It is great to read that you found our staff great and helpful and you found your apartment to be clean. I will pass your comments on regards to the marked carpets and walls on to the Hotel Manager and Maintenance Manager for review within the units. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Wantirna, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2012

We stayed here on a Friday and Saturday night. 4th floor facing Morphett St. Arrived late, easy checkin and secure carpark access. Found the 1 bedroom apartment to be very clean and well appointed, all the basics required for a long stay are there. No noise issues as others have mentioned.

The only things to watch out for are:
Lock your door from the outside. This is clearly stated in the info given by reception, and I think that I was told it too.
There is sometimes some light wind noise under the entry door, but this did not disturb us in general.

A very pleasant experience, loved breakfast on the balcony watching the city wake up below.

We will be staying there again

You will need to bring:
Shampoo/Conditioner
Facewasher

  • Stayed August 2012
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Thank winaje
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OaksCustomerFeedback, Guest Relations Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. It is pleasing to read that you had a pleasant experience while staying with us and that you were able to enjoy the city views from your balcony. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Toowoomba
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Hi I booked over the Internet for 5 days in a two bedroom apartment, for my 70 year old auntie arriving from the UK and myself 55 from Queensland. Paul W was excellent on confirming my booking the week before we arrived and on arrival William at front desk was very helpful and friendly. The staff at all times were very helpful with booking tours or providing maps and information to help make our trip care free. I was going to hire a car but there was no need to as the place is close to public transport and 5 min walk to excellent restaurants. The room was on the top floor, excellent views, clean and tidy and well equipped. When I had to phone reception to learn how to operate the dishwasher they were most helpful and patiently talk me through it. I would stay here again and I am fussy. Thank you Paul,William and staff for making our stay relax and friendly Cheers Helen

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Helen G
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OaksHotels, Guest Relations Manager at iStay Precinct, responded to this review, 29 August 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at iStay Precinct. It is wonderful to read that we were able to play a part in making your holiday with your Aunty an enjoyable one. We are pleased to read that our staff, specifically Paul and William were friendly and helpful and made your stay an enjoyable one. I will pass your comments onto the Hotel Manager. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Property: iStay Precinct
Address: 185 Morphett St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia (Formerly Oaks Precinct)
Region: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Adelaide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — iStay Precinct 4.5*
Number of rooms: 217
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
IStay Precinct offers urban and contemporary accommodation in the Adelaide CBD. Conveniently located in close proximity to a bustling hub of attractions, stroll to the myriad of entertainment venues, cocktail bars, restaurants and shopping destinations. IStay Precinct accommodation options include 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, each containing full kitchen and laundry facilities, open plan living and private balconies with sweeping city views. Also enjoy the Precinct's luxurious guest facilities including indoor heated pool, sauna, spa and steam room. To be able to bring you exceptionally low rates, iStay hotels offer a different and more flexible level of service. If you have chosen to stay at an "iStay" property, you will receive the best available unserviced rate. You will have the choice of cleaning service options, at an additional cost upon check in at your Hotel. If your length of stay is for more than 7 nights you will receive a complimentary full cleaning service in the middle of your stay. If you are staying more than 12 days you will receive this service every 7 days. Amenities included in iStay properties: Tea/Coffee Starter Pack, Bath Towels, Bath Mat, Soap, as well as Kitchen consumables (Tea Towel, Cleaning Cloth, Dishwashing Liquid and Powder). Amenities not included in iStay properties: Hand Towel, Face Washer, Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Lotion, Laundry Powder, Scourer and Tissues. Opening hours of the swimming pool is from 6am to 8pm. ... more   less 
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