Value Score Great Value!
Good For Business
The Smell of Gingko Nut
This hostel will forever been linked with the smell of Gingko Nuts or rather rotten Gingko Nuts. There is 1 big Gingko Nut or Maidenhair Tree in the park (Emily Place) across the street and it was littering the grounds with the fruit. Not that I mind really....but some folks may find the smell off-putting.
That aside, the hostel/hotel is located at a slightly quiet part of the city, on the eastern end of Customs Street just off the central part of the City. Yet, it is only 10 minutes walk to busy Queen Street at the heart of the City.
You can't miss the hotel - it's painted pinkish red. Has a big kitchen, opened 24 hours, which is also the place for the included breakfast. Don't expect a fantastic spread - it's plain bread, cereals, coffee/tea, orange syrup, and something pinkish red..like the exterior...called a fruit punch that seemingly and mysteriously does not get emptied.
The room is unfortunately, at best comfortable. There seems to be a kitchen nearby somewhere for the room seems to smell of rancid oil. The pillow was impotent but thankfully, the bed was alright.
The shared bathroom is clean and spacious.
Reception is service is alright. Nothing to b*tch but nothing to splutter in excitement about too.
Unique Quality: It's comfortable and quiet (partying folks: look elsewhere) but security is good. The main door locks after 8pm and you could only be let in if the guy running the 24 hours reception let you in.
Directions: Eastern end of Custom Street
aspen house dampness
I stayed in this hotel in a single room for two nights. my room was on the ground floor and the dampness was obvious in the room and in the air. the window only opened minimum and as it was on the ground floor was unable to keep it open when i went out. hence by the end of the two days my clothes and all belongings had a lingering smell of dampness, not pleasent!
the shared bathroom and toilet area on ground floor also left lot to be desired. did have hot running water though!
they also charge $4 for 1/2 hour on internet when in any cafe in the town you can get it for a fraction of the price.
Directions: near the wharf area
Affordable and Simple Accomodation Downtown
Aspen House describes itself as "a Boutique Budget Bed and Breakfast Hotel", although I would say that it is more of a high-end hostel. You can choose from rooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities. My wife and I stayed in a private room with private bath. The place reminded me of a college dormitory, which is appropriate considering that Aspen House is adjacent to a university campus. The staff are all quite young (possibly university students?) The room was basic but comfortable and clean. Breakfast was decent. No real complaints overall. The price was reasonable considering the location and peak season, but still not cheap.
Unique Quality: Location is great, with easy access to all downtown attractions. They have a private garage for your car. Internet access is available in the lounge, where they also have sofas and a large TV.
Directions: downtown, near the university
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