From the street the building looked somewhat disappointing and even the lobby was cramped and ordinary. When we were taken to our rooms, however, it was a different story. Most look out on to a nice little private garden with lawn, trees, and a small restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely.
The rooms themselves were very comfortable. Each was large, air-conditioned/heated, and adequately equipped. I stayed in two different rooms. Both contained two single beds but I assume there are some doubles. The bathrooms had a bath with shower, toilet, wash basin and most importantly, reliable hot water. Hot drinking water was provided for tea and there was a small refrigerator with supplies if needed. There was a TV with a limited range of channels (none in English), a desk suitable for working on, a telephone with international connections via the switchboard, and a couple of chairs.
Because there were many restaurants in the area, I didn’t eat at the hotel except for a light breakfast before leaving early on the last morning, and a light working lunch one afternoon. Both were perfectly adequate and reasonably priced. There was a regular restaurant providing all meals. There were also internet and other business facilities but I found much cheaper offerings just down the street.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would certainly return.
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
December 18, 2001
From journal High on Life