Being the Group co-ordinator of 42 persons visiting Tassie in Jan. 2012, I booked the Group into the Bayside Inn at St. Helens for 2 nights.
My decision was based on having stayed there with a Group some 5 years ago. Although nothing special 5 years ago, I re-booked it for its great location.
What a shock when we arrived!! The place has been allowed to run-down to such the extent that some rooms (esp. those in the well-positioned so-called "motel section" ) were almost of third world standard ---- torn curtains, cacked-on bird droppings on the window & ledge that had been there for some time, lifting lino, showers that bubbled up when in use instead of draining and so on.
The "upper rooms" in the main hotel complex were not as bad, and were generally reasonably sized, but, again, maintenance had been neglected. One room had a one-bladed fan, would you believe!!
Our 2-course group dinner, when it finally arrived, was quite reasonable, but, with a group of over 40, the poor staff were also attending to walk-in guests in the adjacent dining-room, with the result that our first meals took 40 minutes to arrive. But I stress that this was no fault of the chefs nor the over-worked waitresses.
While I cannot confirm this, were told that the hotel had been taken over by a group of businessmen & professionals, who took little interest in the establishment except for raking in the profits! The total lack of maintenance did seem to give weight to this concept.!
Again, I stress that the upper rooms were a big improvement on those in the so-called motel.
It is a pity that apparent greed has allowed what was once a quite reasonable 3-star establishment to deteriorate to the extent that it has, because its location is superb.
Perhaps a bomb or a fire is needed to generate a re-building programme!!.
This was the ONLY hotel/motel of the 8 that we used on our 16-day Tassie tour that we were not satisfied with (check my favourable comments about the Fox & Hounds at Port Arthur, the Commodore Regent at Launceston, the Seaview Inn at Stanley, the Cradle Mountan Wilderness Village, the Junction Motel at New Norfolk, and the MidCity at Hobart).
(I have not commented on The Silver Hills Motel at Queenstown, which was okay)
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