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Econo Lodge City Star Brisbane
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650 Main Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4169
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Econo but comfortable and clean
ashbourne, United Kingdom
May 1, 2011
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Econo Lodge City Star, Kangaroo Point Brisbane,We spent a couple of weeks in and around the area of Brisbane in October last year as part of our Pacific Island trip. My son was in Brisbane for a year and we partly went to see him and also I wanted ...
Econo Lodge City Star, Kangaroo Point Brisbane,
We spent a couple of weeks in and around the area of Brisbane in October last year as part of our Pacific Island trip. My son was in Brisbane for a year and we partly went to see him and also I wanted to visit places that I had not been since I left Brisbane in 1989. There were quite a few old friends to catch up with too so we had a fairly busy time.
The first week we spent at the Gold Coast in a holiday unit exploring the area of south NSW and the coast. The second week we spent seeing friends, two nights with friends in Brisbane then up to the north coast to stay with another friend in Buderim. Our very last night we booked to stay in the Econo lodge near the Story Bridge as we knew we had to get off to the airport fairly early.
As positions go this was pretty good for exploring the city if you were there for sightseeing. It is almost under the Story Bridge so you only had to cross the bridge to be in the city. There was a bus-stop virtually at the door or you could walk to the Brisbane River walkway. You could even take advantage of the River Cat service for a short ride to the Brisbane along the river. Unfortunately the river was so full when we were there that the River cat was not running.We had done all our sightseeing and really only wanted a convenient bed for night and this was perfect for us.
We suspected that the name of the motel meant that we would not be getting a luxury hotel but all we needed was somewhere to sleep that was near to where we were meeting my ex husband and his new wife and my two children who were staying with him. The children (aged 26 and 29) wanted to see us just before we left for our trip home. We also wanted to be able to get off to the airport for our flight early in the morning.
We booked and paid upfront on line but forget which site I used. Anyway I got a voucher print out as evidence so was reasonably happy that they were expecting us. We arrived at the motel at about 4pm and initially we were not sure where to park so my husband parked on the street while I ran in. A very pleasant man found our booking and gave me the key then explained how to get into the locked underground car park.
We were a little worried when he said the car park was going to be locked at night as we were leaving very early about 5.30am and thought we might be locked in but he assured us that we would be okay as someone was on reception all night.
We collected our entire luggage collection including plastic bags of bits from the car as we needed to do a massive sort and repack ready for the final stage of our trip going to Tahiti and the Cook Islands. My ex husband has also given me about 12 old photo albums that we had to go through , take out the photos and ditch the albums as they were far too heavy to take. They were all my old family photos of me as a child etc so I didn’t want to throw them out.
We made our way through the reception area which was very small and basic through to the rooms and were a little worried as it looked a bit rough. However when we got to the room it was fine. Nothing luxurious by any means but clean and it had towels and air conditioning and two beds. We also had a wardrobe and TV, kettle with tea/coffee and biscuits so we were able to have a cuppa before we went out for our meal.
The room had huge glass sliding doors so that if the curtains were open then the room was visible to all who walked passed. Once we had finished re packing and stripping the photo albums we had to close the curtains and have the light on in order to get showered and changed.
The shower was okay, warm water and basic soap provided but we had our own so no real problem there. The towels were thinish but adequate and there was a hairdryer which was a bonus as so many of these basic places don’t bother with one.
There was a lot of building activity evident and I read on the website that all the rooms have been recently refurbished. Now we were there about 6 months ago so that our room may have been one of the un- refurbished ones. If you stay there now they might be much more up to date as ours was a little dated really.
There was a small pool but in the time we were there we didn’t get a chance to try it. We were also there at the start of the rains that turned in to the huge flood later in the year so somehow we didn’t find it that appealing an idea anyway.
There was a kitchen that could be used by guests to cook in and also a laundry with washers and driers but one again we didn’t make use of the facilities although they looked clean and serviceable. The washing machines and driers were like a launderette and you put money in a slot. I believe it was a couple of dollars for a wash and the dry depended on how many clothes you put in and how long you spent drying the load.
We went out for the evening for our meal with my ex which neither of us were looking forward to very much. It was actually not too bad as we enjoy the company of my kids and his new wife is okay and my son dropped us back at the motel afterwards.
We had a special key to get into the front of the hotel when we came back as reception is locked after 6pm which is really quite early. It seemed to us that the hotel was a family run business as it was very informal. The people we spoke to were friendly, polite and typically Australian in their casual attitude.
As we left in the morning there was someone in reception and I just handed them the key. They said safe journey and then we struggled down the stairs to the car park to load up the car and then pressed the button as instructed and the gate lifted slowly to let us out.
This is by no means a luxury hotel. It is a pretty basic motel type of accommodation but it was convenient and the room was clean and perfectly comfortable. It was a long way from the worst hotel I have ever stayed in but it was certainly not the best. It was a functional place to stay for a night before a flight.
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