There was nothing outstanding about this hotel whatsoever.
Although Miss Maud's website showed that the hotel was completely booked out, I booked a room by calling the hotel directly. I am unsure why the website showed no rooms available when their clearly was.
I'm still trying to comprehend what the last reviewer was carrying on about having to admit the hotel had "character". I didn't see anything resembling character in my converted store-room hotel room (literally, I think it was a store room at one stage). I saw tackiness at its best.
The room was virtually the width of the double bed. It had a huge step at the front door with a warning sign displayed. The store room adjacent also had the same step.
The room also featured one of the murals that have been mentioned elsewhere on this site. Simply put, the mural was an extremely tacky image of a waterfall, and was the size of the entire wall. It did not look Swedish whatsoever, but closely resembled something from a 1970's motel room.
The furniture consisted of those "assemble yourself" pine desks, chair and mirror frames you see at furtniture warehouse. I haven't seen anything like this in a hotel room.
Having said that, my room was clean, and oddly had the LARGEST LCD television I have ever seen in a hotel. Talk about a contrast between an awesome television and a run-down hotel room!
The bathroom was quite good and was nice and clean. It appeared to have been recently refurbished - only the corroded shower head suggested it may have been refurbished a few years ago.
Some sort of 1950's public bathroom was opposite my room (why was there even a public bathroom in the hotel area, when each room as ensuite bathrooms?), and another door marked "staff only" which seemed to be frequented by people talking around it early in the morning.
There was also this odd alarm bell which went off for short periods at any time of the day, even when we were sleeping. What was it for? I do not know, but it was annoying.
The hallways are tacky and dated, and fluoro lighting and tired wallpaper throughout them makes the place look very cheap.
The breakfast is a nice inclusion, and isn't too bad. The selection is average, but it certainly does the job. I do not see it as a drawcard to coming back and staying here though.
Be aware though the the hotel does not have ironing boards or irons in the room. I cannot understand why some hotels still do not offer this most basic and fundamental feature. There is a communal laundry room, but a sign in my room stated that it closes at 8pm for some reason - I guess the hotel expects us to skip a day from our holidays to do our washing in the middle of the day. Stupid. Bring a travel iron.
For $119 a night, the hotel was bordering on average. The location is a very short walk to the shopping area, train station and CAT buses. This is its best drawcard.
There are a number of similarly priced hotels in Perth which do not include the breakfast, but offer an enhanced level of quality (and automatic lifts too). I will be considering these next time I am in Perth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FREE Wi-Fi and also Smorgasbord breakfast included for all staying guests.Our 'little bit of Sweden', in the heart of the city, has become a landmark in Perth’s CBD - a preferred location for business and leisure travellers alike. Only a short stroll to shopping malls, entertainment district, Swan River, Barrack Street Jetty and other attractions. There are 52 charming, well-appointed, rooms with flat screen LCD TV, mini-bar with fridge, individually controlled air-conditioning and all essential comforts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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