Either the reviews got our expectations too high, or maybe the advertising of a one-bedroom efficiency set us up for disappointment!
The room was clean and spacious, with a balcony overlooking the road. However, the furniture was sparse- a computer table doubled as the dressing table, and also had the only power point other than in the bathroom to boil the jug! There was also a table with the TV on it, but this also had mini-bar items and a small stereo so was too cluttered to put any of our things on without blocking the TV. My husband said we needed binoculars to read the tennis scores on the minuscule size television! Hence although the room was big, we felt crowded. It seems as if the cheapest and smallest furniture was chosen without consideration of guest needs.
The kitchenette did not have a microwave or stove, only a toaster, jug, a small fridge and some dishes with teaspoons- we had to wash them in the bathroom sink. The shower water that leaked out pooled on the bathroom floor, as there was no drain. The foyer and carpet in the halls outside the room as well as in the room was stained, and there was evidence of a smashed bathroom door.
The hotel was in a quiet area, about 15-20 minute walk through the playing fields to Fairy Meadow beach. There was also a pub around the corner, another 10-15 minute walk. A car or train would be required to go to any other restaurants.
We felt the accommodation was overpriced for what we got, and would have preferred to get a free breakfast or WiFi included with our room. As it was, paying $5 a day for WiFi and $18 per person for a continental breakfast (not including hot items) only made us feel the whole stay was something we would not recommend for either value, location, or quality!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wollongong's boutique accommodation & conference and events. The Quality Suites Pioneer Sands - is ideally located on the Sydney side of Wollongong at only 55 minutes drive from Sydney Airport. We offer One and Two Bedroom Apartments with large open plan space flowing onto balconies with escarpment or Wollongong skyline views. All apartments feature modern finishes, Austar cable on LCD TV's, internet, air conditioning and fully self contained kitchen facilities. Other facilities include a cafe, outdoor pool, gym spa and onsite business services. This could be your next stop for your business or leisure trip to Wollongong. ... more less
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