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“Decent and clean, although not to expectations.”

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BreakFree Director's Studios
Ranked #27 of 57 Hotels in Adelaide
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Decent and clean, although not to expectations.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

We booked a hotel room rather than a studio.
The hotel is close to the market precinct and chinatown. It is convenient for shopping, however as it was the long weekend before the Queen's Birthday, the shops closed early at 5pm and did not open till 10am the next morning, so the only alternative for breakfast was the nearby Hungry Jacks.
We called ahead to inform the staff we would be late due to a long trip from Melbourne and they were accommodating. The reception was friendly even as we checked in at 5pm on Sat.
Our room was on the second floor with a window, so it was not too difficult to climb up the stairs.
The room was clean and tidy, and sufficient space for a double bed. A pre-packed breakfast pack was provided in the room and during room service each morning, which was a pleasant surprise.
Bedsheets and toilets and towels were clean and acceptable.
Television could receive most of the free channels.
Cupboards had sufficient room to store our clothes.
First gripe is the shower screen in the standing bathroom which was missing, so a shower curtain was used to replace it, and did not cover all the way to the floor, causing water to splash to the rest of the bathroom outside the shower area, making the tiled floor wet and slippery. A real potential safety hazard. Fortunately we brought slippers so we could dry our feet before stepping onto the adjoining bedroom.
Second gripe is, the stainless steel kettle was rusty. It is hard to imagine, but stainless steel do rust if there is standing water. I feedback to the reception and they said they would try to find a replacement kettle (if there was one), but they didn't. So despite the tea and other beverages provided in the room, I could not even make a hot drink. Reception told me it may not be rust, but rather calcification deposits, though I was pretty sure it was rust inside. I am not sure if they lacked empathy, when my point is I will not drink from water that has been boiled in a rusty kettle! When I checked out and told them about the rusty kettle, they said 'is it it the metal one?' which shows they already knew about the problem.
Third gripe is on the second day, the door handle at the main entrance to the rooms was broken off! So we had to exit and enter through an alternative entrance.
Carpark space was ample, at an additional cost of $10 a night, which is reasonable.
Other than these 3 gripes, and I suppose I was just unlucky, I would rate this place as decent and acceptable, although with room for improvement.

Room Tip: Bring slippers, and your own kettle unless you don't intend to make hot drinks. Ask for the seco...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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BFDIR, General Manager at BreakFree Director's Studios, responded to this review, 25 July 2013
Dear Felix K,

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay. I would like to apologise for the issues you have raised and will address these with the Housekeeping Manager.

Overall I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and your feedback is valuable for for us to improve our services.

Kind regards
Cheryl Tavasci
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

This studio had a small kitchen, clean, quiet, close to china town and main market and lots and lots of restaurants. Quite a walk into the city. Getting tired and ready for refurbish. One only and is lift is slow.

Room Tip: Away from the main street and not to many floors up is best.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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BFDIR, General Manager at BreakFree Director's Studios, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Dear Ann739,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback during your recent stay with us.

I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and it is though feedback like yours that we are able to monitor and improve our services where necessary.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Breakfree Directors Studios should your travel plans see you return to Adelaide.

Kind regards
Cheryl Tavasci
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

We used the Breakfree Directors Studios as a base for our Kangaroo Island Trip. We arrived very late but the staff were welcoming. We were informed that to stay in the main building a small upgrade fee is to be paid and the room that we stayed in was more than adequate for the two of us. The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean. The main bonus for me is that the hotel looked after our luggage for us when we went off to do an overnight stay on Kangaroo Island. Would recommend if you are planning on doing the Kangaroo Island trip. If however you are exploring Adelaide it was not in the best position.

Room Tip: I would definitely go for the upgrade, as the rooms are in the main building otherwise you are aroun...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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BFDIR, General Manager at BreakFree Director's Studios, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Dear Computastar,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback during your recent stay with us.

I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and I will certainly pass on your comments to the Team. It is though feedback like yours that we are able to monitor and improve our services where necessary.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Breakfree Directors Studios should your travel plans see you return to Adelaide.

Kind regards
Cheryl Tavasci
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

We used the Breakfree Directors Studios as a base for our Kangeroo Island Trip. We arrived very late but the staff were welcoming. We paid a small upgrade fee and the room that we stayed in was more than adequate for the two of us.

The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean.

The hotel looked after our luggage for us when we went off to do an overnight stay on Kangaroo Island.

Would recommmend if you are planning on doing the Kangaroo Island trip, however for exploring Adelaide it was not in the best position.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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BFDIR, General Manager at BreakFree Director's Studios, responded to this review, 15 April 2013
Dear Vicky N,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback during your recent stay with us.

I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and I will certainly pass on your comments to the Team. It is though feedback like yours that we are able to monitor and improve our services where necessary.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Breakfree Directors Studios should your travel plans see you return to Adelaide.

Kind regards
Cheryl Tavasci
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

We stayed here to attend the Womad Festival. It was a long walk in the heat and difficult to get public transport connections.
The unit was pleasant enough and catered well to two people, but it was sited at the rear of the building. There was a huge air-conditioning unit from the building behind that pumped out noise and extra heat all might. So we couldn't open our window at night, and were forced to add to CO2 emissions by leaving our own a/c unit on.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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BFDIR, General Manager at BreakFree Director's Studios, responded to this review, 15 April 2013
Dear DorelleD,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay at Breakfree Directors Studios.

It is through your feedback that we are able to monitor and improve our services where necessary.

I was unaware that the outdoor air conditiong unit was noisy and this was possibily due to the extreme heat over that period, however I will get maintenance to check it.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Breakfree Directors Studios should your travels see you return to Adelaide.

Kind Regards

Cheryl Tavasci
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

To cities come together for the 60th birthday of my brother. Perth and Auckland meet at the BreakFree on Gouger for the big 60, six days in Adelaide was a great idea. We had rooms 312 and 311. Rooms had all that we needed. They had tea making facilities, microwave, mini bar if needed and the bed was so comfortable and quite. They were clean and fresh, serviced daily. We found the staff very happy and helpful. The local pub was a hop skip and a jumps. Manager, Tess and staff were very helpful with directions and on places to visit. We ate there twice Thai food to die for. Musimume Curry simple the best. We found our location to be central to everything and can not speck more higly of our stay. Well done everyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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BFDIR, General Manager at BreakFree Director's Studios, responded to this review, 26 March 2013
Dear bruceandfaye,
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us at Breakfree Directors Studios. I am pleased that you enjoyed yor time in Adelaide and had the chance to discover the many restaraunts close by.
I will certainly pass on your comments to the team and we look forward to welcoming you back to Breakfree Directors Studios next time you visit Adelaide.
Kind regards
Cheryl Tavasci
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

Room was adequate for 2 travelling adults but the room we were in 404 had no microwave. It was clean but my only concern was the slippery shower floor tiles. I actually slipped, luckily I got hold of the shower partition, otherwise it would have been disaster. I strongly suggest, management change the floor tiles.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank taffy851
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BFDIR, General Manager at BreakFree Director's Studios, responded to this review, 26 March 2013
Dear taffy851,

Thank you for taking to time to write a review regarding your stay with us at Breakfree Directors Studios.
Your feedback is valuable for us not only to maintain but improve our guest services, the maintenance departement is reviewing the bathroom tiles.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Breakfree Directors Studios next time you are in Adelaide.
Kind regards
Cheryl Tavasci
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Property: BreakFree Director's Studios
Address: 259 Gouger St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Adelaide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BreakFree Director's Studios 3.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located within close proximity to the thriving central business district and major Adelaide city attractions, BreakFree Directors Studios is suited to both business and leisure travellers. Offering guests a choice of studio and hotel style rooms comfortably furnished with modern amenities spread over two buildings. Both rooms feature contemporary furnishings and modern amenities, with air-conditioning, TV and wireless internet access(fee). BreakFree Directors Studios offers a host of facilities to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers. We offer guests 24-hour reception, room service (specified hours only) same day laundry service (fee), babysitting service (fee), guest laundry with washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board. There is also limited car parking available (subject to availability, fees apply). Directors Studios offers free luggage storage for guests that require their bags to be left for the day or overnight. Entertainment and shopping are all within walking distance and include Chinatown, the Central Markets, Rundle Mall, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Festival Theatre and cosmopolitan restaurants. Only a two minute walk to Adelaide's famous Gouger Street, the main restaurant precinct of the city, BreakFree Directors Studios is located close to the Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum and State Library. BreakFree Directors Studios is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Adelaide City, offering comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. BreakFree Directors Studios is a NON SMOKING hotel. ... more   less 
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