If you like the predictable "which-city-am-I-in-tonight?" layout and furnishings of the large hotel chains, The Sun Hotel will be your idea of hell. However, if you prefer small, family-style hotels and older, quirky buildings then you'll probably love it here.
On the positive side: There's redecoration going on and our room, while structurally old and furnished with a bed and drawers that my Grandmother would have discarded, was newly decorated and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was large and freshly painted, re-floored and tiled/regrouted. Only the limescale build-up on the shower-head, (The shower was pathetic until I found a pin and cleared all the nozzles of limescale) the taps and dalek-head like tap mixer on the bath let the room down. The bed was comfortable, with nice, clean, crisp linen and the towel were new and sumptuous. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided - as is a flat-screen TV (albeit that this seems somewhat incongruous in such an ancient room.
Others have commented on what a warren this place is - and they're right. It's fundamentally "U" shaped with the reception on one side of the "U". Unfortunate occuapants have a long walk through sometimes narrow passageways to find their rooms. However, I'm sure for every person that finds this inconvenient, another will love the quirkiness.
My main recollection of my weekend here though, was of a hotel with just not enough staff. The receptionist on our arrival was also serving at the bar - and rushed off her feet. It took too long to get served at the bar and in the restaurant; younger (part-time?) waiters were clearly clueless. The intention of the staff was there - there simply weren't enough and those that were weren't adequately trained.
As for the food? They endeavour to be different; some of it works, some of it doesn't. I chose the "Award winning" fish and chips. Christ only knows what award it was but, the chips were average and the (clearly frozen haddock) about as far from spectacular is it's possible to get. However, it was nice to see eggs Benedict on the breakfast menu - even if the "lightly toasted bun" it alleged to be served on was a huge slab of toast.
Would I return? Possibly. I liked the quirkiness of the place; it was fundamentally clean and the thick, new, fresh linen was refreshing. Add a couple of competent bar/restaurant staff, replace the most shabby furniture and The Sun could be a bit of a jewel
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