I should have been wary when I read that the hotel was described as "Modernistic 70's"
I recently stayed at this "tired" hotel, due to a last minute trip to attend a funeral in WA.
The rating on Wotif seemed OK and it did include breakfast. As I had to stay 3 nights, the "3 night" package seemed just right and the price was OK (it was only me staying - how bad could it be ? ) - yeah right.
I arrived very late (11:30pm after flight and drive from the airport). Check in was Ok as it was all booked on Wotif, but I had to pay a $100 bond / deposit - just in case (not sure what this would be for as there is no Mini Bar (in fact you are prohibited from brining alcohol onto the premises). Anyway I was tired and wanted to go to bed.
Before I slept, I wanted to iron - very hard on a 2 1/2 foot long "ironing board" (see photos). Anyway I managed and crashed for the night.
Bed was comforatable - I will give them that, but he room is stuck well and truly in the 70's - it has been upgraded with new double glazed windows (found out I needed them the next night) but the rest of the room is dark brown wood and bricks (again, see the photos).
Breakfast the next morning was "continental" - cook you own toast (in a VERY old toaster) make your own instant coffee or tea, and some juice. Oh well - breakfast was included.
With the Funeral over, I eventually came back to crash again, only to find that my room overlooks the seating area at the back of the adjoining Tavern / nightspot called the Indi. Very noisy, even with the double glazing, but at least they did stop at a reasonable hour (around midnight I think). However the adjoining room decided to begin love making at 4am - very thin walls in this hotel - did not leave a lot to the imagination or allow for much sleep.
The next morning I decided to make a cup of tea in my room - only to find what looks like pubic hair in the saucer of the cups set in the room - needless to say I did not drink anything in the room for the rest of the stay.
The bathroom is small but functional, as long as you put you knees in your chest to use the loo.
I have read all of the other comments about this hotel and they talk about the friendly staff - apart from checking in and checkin out, I did not speak to anyone (nor did anyone even say hello to me).... strange but true.
They say you get what you pay for - please read this and check the photos before making a decision to stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free Wifi. Free secure parking. Free continental breakfast, with delicious hot cooked available for a small fee. Free Movie Channels. 24/7 Reception with refreshments and convenience items available for sale. We have an outdoor Swimming pool and heated spa. There is a Bistro and Bar on site for food and refreshment. The Indian Ocean Hotel is a friendly, family owned business one street back from famous Scarborough beach. With family friendly parks, beach walks, cycle tracks and surfing all available to you, it's the perfect place to stay. Come and enjoy some good old fashioned Scarborough hospitality with our team at the Indian Ocean Hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Indian Ocean