Townsville, Queensland, Australia
June 2, 2002
Oakford on the Pier is a 40star all-suite apartment hotel, stunningly located on the Elizabeth Street Pier. The early 1930s pier building incorporates the striking lines of modern architecture with the historic exterior of a waterfront landmark.
We thought the location was brilliant. You are only a short walk from the central city, Salamanca Place, and Battery Point. Antique stores, craft studios and galleries, and great restaurants were just a stroll away. Our apartment featured great views across the Derwent River. The loft-style bedroom was striking but entirely practical except that the bathroom was downstairs quite a long way away. The apartment featured kitchen facilities and a laundry.
We liked the individually controlled air conditioning/heating and the direct dial telephone. We appreciated the minibar with its wine and Tasmanian produce, but didn’t use this facility. There was a television with 24 hour in-house movies, and a CD player. My wife really appreciated the hair dryer and the iron and ironing board. All accommodation is on the first level (accessible by stairs and elevator).
The hotel provides room service, 24-hour reception, a gymnasium, café, restaurant and tavern bar. I must confess we didn’t use any of these facilities and, in fact, didn’t even see most of them. We were too busy enjoying the room and exploring the fascinating area just outside. We did see the two bedroom units – the downstairs area was similar to our double suite, but there were two bedrooms upstairs together with a two-way ensuite bathroom.
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