I booked a stay of 6 days the week before easter. I looked on t/a and saw other properties that appeared to be cheaper etc however I'm very happy with the experience we had here for the money we paid. We got an easter bunny special for $239 per night, 2 bedrooms suite (actually a one br suite with interconnecting door to studio room. There were 4 of us, two adults and two children (11 and 13)). I wanted a twin room for the kids. Incl in the package was parking (this is advertised as $35 per day for valet parking if not included in your package!) and breakfast at the restaurant. I would estimate that the space we got was about 60-65sq metres so I'm not sure what other reviewers are talking about re small space. We were on the 18th floor.
I booked about 3 weeks ahead on the hotel website. I noticed that a week out the rate for the package went up to $438 for the two br, not incl. breakfast so I'm glad I booked early. I also requested the twin room as our kids are not too good at sleeping on a sofa bed or in one bed!!
Anyway great stay, I don't mind paying for full service, the staff were attentive, well trained. The breakfast, although not lavish was always nice, fresh food and fruit etc. If I hadn't had that included it was another $26pp for an adult. I loved the central location stepping straight out on Queen St as I'm a shopper. A few of those other apartment properties that rate well on t/a are quite a walk from the centre or a hike up the hill. Also the link circular route bus stops outside the Queen St entrance to the hotel.
To summarise this is what I liked about the stay:
Decent breakfast buffet, high standard of food
Spacious room Value for money package, would have been expensive if we'd had to pay for parking though
Well trained and courteous staff
Decent quality air conditioning units Opening window - I don't like rooms that don't have opening windows
Second bedroom is not internal as in some other properties like the Oaks one I saw.
Decent bed and bedding
Good selection on sky
If you check out some of these other similar offerings in cheaper, not so well run and staffed properties you will find that one of the above factors is absent. I'm not really prepared to compromise on any of the above items, in particular I do not like arriving to find no opening windows or the second bedroom internal!!
I took our ipad where I have a prepaid card which overcomes the problem of expensive internet connections when travelling, however the kids went through a lot of gb doing youtube so we've banned that whilst on holiday!!
So to summarise I will come back, I would always look on the website for a package though.
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