We stayed in room 708 a room billed as a Superior Plus Room, the highest tier of accommodation offered at this hotel other than a suite. This is the third time we have stayed at this hotel. The first thing that strike you on arrival at the hotel is the relative lack of onsite car parking, this is supplemented by a off site car park located down the street. Whilst this car park could both be lit and secure (has lampposts and gate) never of these features were implemented, meaning a very dark and insecure car park (not that we had any issues with car security. The good points about the room was the bathroom had been recently renovated to a high standard, shower had good water pressure, the bed was comfortable, room was able to be easily heated, and the room was large that is were the positives end. The room had what seems typical of USA hotels - the dreaded adjoining room door and the noise issues accompanied with this, it was not a problem to hear either the guests next door, people in the street outside (single glazing) or in the hallway. Whilst the room was very large the space was very poorly executed. Basically the narrow space at the rear of the room, (bathroom unusually also in rear corner of room), was totally useless, no furniture in this space and more importantly nor any lighting. Lighting in the room was typically very poor, one ceiling mounted light, one good wall mounted light in one corner along with lighting above the bed.
The lighting above the bed was a problem, why anyone would mount a fitting about 500mm above the bed for the entire length of the bed protruding about 150 mm from the wall is beyond me. This meant if you were watching the ancient 4:3 CRT TV in the only place possible on the bed you had to fill the space between the light fitting and the bed with pillow so it was possible to sit at the head of the bed. Once in the very comfortable bed you had to be very careful not to raise your head quickly or you risked knocking yourself out on this stupid light fitting - ironically the hotels website shows the cheaper rooms don't have this issue.
All Superior Plus rooms are billed as having a water view, for this room at least we could just see a tiny part of the Grey River Mouth, there is no doubt that if your room was higher up the hotel (don't be fooled room 708 is on the first floor not the 7 th as you might expect) this would be so, but our view was blocked by the building directly across the street.
Our package included a full cooked breakfast. The breakfast offered a relatively poor selection of cooked food as well as cereals and toast complete with cold coffee or tea if you so desired! Despite the restaurant being relatively quiet and going at a time when breakfast still had two hours to run things didn't get routinely restocked.
From our experience we can see why this hotel rates number 13 of 20, and will be in no rush to stay here again. We were drawn by a hotel package over the long Queen's Birthday Weekend.
- Also Known As:
- Greymouth Kingsgate Hotel
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- Situated right in the centre of Greymouth, The Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth is perfectly located for easy access to the West Coast's spectacular scenic attractions. Only 300 metres from the Tranz Alpine train station and Intercity bus terminal. ... more less
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