I recently stayed in this centrally positioned hotel on business in Timaru for 2 nights. The review I would have written for the first night would have related a terrible room on the second floor, small window, 40 year old furnishings and general squalor. All in all a very disappointing experience. However, rather than go elsewhere I noticed the Tripadvisor comments on renovated rooms on the first floor. I asked for one of these for the second night. It turned out to be well appointed, large and clean and at the price quite reasonable. The hotel itself has some heritage, claiming to be where the Prince of Wales was conceived (In the very room I stayed the second night no less)- Yeah right-. Although the facts would bear no real scrutiny on this one (by several years it would seem). The bar is warm but basic, drinks cold but simplistic. Breakfast is best disregarded for more interesting fare a short distance by foot away.
If you do stay here, request a renovated room. I can recommend 101.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grosvenor has a penchant for authentic and unique design. Although we have been called a boutique hotel and a hip hotel, we're not sure what that really means. We're a little modern, and a little bohemian. Featuring an on-site restaurant and bar, The Grosvenor Hotel Timaru offers boutique & funky accommodation. Our accommodation offers feature art by local and international artists, throughout the hotel. You might stay that The Grosvenor is Timaru's Home of Modern Art (HoMA). With 44 rooms which are eco-friendly, sustainable and have green elements, like vintage furniture, low-VOC paints and recycled materials throughout. All accommodation has an ensuite with hairdryer, ironing board & iron, tea & coffee making facilities, complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi and TV. Fridges are available on request. Guests can enjoy dining in our fantastic restaurant which is now a Timaru institution, TGB (The Grosvenor Bar) is located in a one of a kind historical building with dramatic high ceilings, nostalgic exposed brick and modern touches. Whet your appetite with local, regional and international beers and cider. Then enjoy innovative tavern fare including traditional roasts, urban burgers, fresh salads, wrap, artisanal sandwiches and many other Kiwi favorites. ... more less
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