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Alpine Rose Motel, Greymouth: "A totally unfunny Comedy" West Coast Hotel Tip by Kakapo2

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I have not stayed there myself – and will surely not stay there in the future. This is a report by a colleague Hans Georg who stayed at the Alpine Rose Motel in Greymouth (High Street) in January 2009 because after his son’s emergency surgery he was looking for accommodation near the hospital.

The location already is the outstanding feature of this motel. The rest reads like a comedy.

Obviously the owner charged for everything you can imagine. They always had the impression he wanted to take advantage of them, so they checked out as soon as possible – and made the owner of the next motel 300 metres further down the way write the price for the apartment down, so there would not be a bad surprise upon check-out.

My colleague wrote:

“In the guest book we read about the great character qualities of the owner but we did not like it there at all because we always felt like being patronized and/or taken to the cleaners.

The pricing for the very big apartments was obscure. Nowhere you find the tariffs in writing. The guy tells you something in hardly understandable mumbo-jumbo, and after a long trip, happy to have found a place to stay, you accept. When you look at the invoice you find out that the rate you had agreed on did not include all family members.

In the apartment you find a long list with things you are not allowed to do. Nowhere during our whole NZ trip we have not seen anything like this. Most restrictions apply to cooking. For example, you should not cook anything that develops any kind of odour. It is also forbidden to dye your hair – surely because all tourists do this daily ;-)

The use of the laundry was quite an experience as well. The method is as follows: Only cold wash is available. This costs NZ$ 2. The washing powder costs $ 1 extra – and the boss himself fills in an undisclosed amout. Using the dryer costs $ 2 but the cycle is not long enough to dry the clothes. That is why you are offered to use the owner’s dryer. Of course, he executes this job personally, and this friendly service costs you $ 5.”

And so on. You get the idea.

Address: High Street, Greymouth
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Near the hospital.
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Motel

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  • Written Jan 29, 2009
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