Hurstville Travel Guide
When the headlines last week (more of that later) talked about the four-star Hurstville Ritz Hotel in Sydney, our first thought was--hey, we don't know about this one, and it sounds alright. Further investigation finds this four-star is in the southern suburbs of Sydney (in, unsurprisingly, Hurstville), and it's much more famous for its bar and restaurant than the 18 guest rooms.
But the Hurstville is very proud to advertise itself as "the most up-to-date, technologically advanced hotel in southern Sydney". Again, don't get too anxious to book in--the technology they're referring to includes the biggest pub TV screen and the highest number of text screen TVs giving horse race results.
As far as the actual accommodation goes, the rooms are apparently "tastefully furnished", include air-con (or ceiling fans in the cheap rooms), tea and coffee making facilities and dial-up internet connections--so much for the high technology. The Hurstville could turn out to be a convenient location, just 15 minutes from Sydney airport and right near a railway station.
That's probably what the two Chinese men thought who got the Hurstville into the headlines last week when they turned their room into a drug-making lab complete with 25 liters of chemicals and the capability to make $25 million worth of crystal meth. So we're guessing those four stars were somehow self-assigned.