I stayed in Northampton last July for an academic conference at the local university. Being my first time in England, I didn't know what to expect. When I got to the hotel around midnight--due to some problems with my flight--the young man with the mustache who claims to be cockney, hehe, not only warmly welcomed me in and got me set up, but he even offered me a late dinner. I've never had such a friendly staff. The gentleman at breakfast the next day tried to convince me to eat the black pudding--no thanks says this American--but pleasantly served my cereal and coffee anyways. Okay so the rooms aren't luxurious and the shower in the corner of the room is sort of funny--also another culture shock--but the cold beer in a warm reception area and the friendly faces waiting upon my arrival each day made this place a fantastic experience. I would, without hesitation, go there again.
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