Hotel offers free rooms to bushfire victims

Written By komlim puldel on Senin, 05 Januari 2015 | 20.01

The Hampshire Hotel offered free rooms to bushfire affected residents. Source: Supplied

WHO says nice guys can't finish first?

An Adelaide hotelier who offered rooms for free to residents affected by devastating bushfires is reaping the rewards and proving the value of a kind gesture.

"To all those affected by the fires — if you have been, or need to be evacuated from your home and have no where to stay, we have some rooms available FREE of charge for you to stay in if needed," Hampshire Hotel owner James Robertson posted on Facebook on Saturday.

Resident Tori Arbon took this photo of fires nears Hillier in the Adelaide Hills. Source: Supplied

The recently-renovated boutique hotel on Grote St has been inundated with positive feedback from a receptive public ever since.

The post received more than 10,000 likes, was shared more than 3000 times and helped put the boutique hotel on the interstate travel map.

"After the fire ... I think we should all frequent this hotel for a meal or drink to thank them for their generosity," Christa Kinnear wrote.

Fire destroyed homes and vehicles near Kersbrook. Source: Supplied

Kane Roberts wrote: "From someone who lives in a different state, I will look at booking at your hotel next time I visit Adelaide ... Awesome community spirit."

Roger Duncan said: "Mighty generous offer, Hampshire! That is the community spirit that makes communities tick! If I ever come to Adelaide, I will book with you or at least a meal and a drink."

Mr Robertson said a number of families had taken up the offer.

"We've had a few families stay with us," he said.

Aerial photographs show the full scale of the damage. Picture: Sam Wundke. Source: News Corp Australia

"Kids have enjoyed being in the city and parents have said their minds are off what's going on.

"One family came with nothing and they have no idea what they'll be going back to."

He said he never expected the response he received.

"We've had people from overseas who have seen the post and commented and we've had people bringing in food and clothes and donations.

"We just wanted to do something to help, we didn't expect this."

The hotel is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday to assist families affected by the fires.

At least 12 homes have been confirmed destroyed in the fires which were described as the worst since Ash Wednesday.


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