Hickman Hill Hotel
This is a hotel which has grand illusions of being something it isn't. The hotel is shabby and rooms are overpriced.
Perhaps one the renovations have been completed it might be ok.
The bed was clean and comfortable, but it did not compensate for the well below standard room decor and aged bathroom or the lack of facilities.
What we found with our room:
Shabby dirty rug.
Worn out shag pile carpet.
Wallpaper peeling in the bathroom
Bathroom 70's style "Pink" or "Tan" coloured suit and very cramped.
Wall paper peeling from ceiling in bathroom.
Loud extractor fan in bathroom.
Poor quality and very old sealant around shower.
Wash basin sealant strip, shabby poor quality and very dirty!!!!!
Only 1 bedside table.
Only 1 bedside lamp.
Very old 80's style CRT television with built in video recorder/player.
Only 1 option regarding tea, would have expected a small selection of fruit teas and early grey as well as plain tea. costs little, but would have made one feel welcome.
The breakfast was ok, service was good but I certainly would NOT be comfortable in recommending this as a place to stay unless you want to pay even more to get an upgraded room approaching nearly £200 a night!!!
Can appreciate that they are undergoing continuous renovation works, but to charge £115 for a room not worth more than £60 is not good. Nothing was mentioned about there being an additional charge for WIFI when we booked and upon arrival we were told that if we wanted a WIFI connection there would be an additional £8 a day charge. The owner did offer to reduce this to an additional £5 a night. A superior room would cost £170 a night B&B.
The hotel rate was double its real value. I would expect to pay around £50 - £60 for a hotel of this standard. Some rooms have been refurbished to a very high standard, but the original rooms are lack lustre.
There were not even the normal small touches such as nice tissues and selection of teas that one would normally expect to find.
Old fashioned styling and a little shabby we can live with, but only when properly maintained and at least clean. See attached photos.
It seems that they are trying to be something of a bouquet hotel, Another hotel in the area that really does truly make the grade is the Hall Farm Hotel in near Ashby . The very best rooms are a fraction of the price of the Hickman Hill Hotel.
This feedback for the Hickman Hill Hotel is the first negative feedback that we have ever had to leave. The Hickman Hill Hotel was not to the standard that we had expected or were used too. We normally stay in very nice hotels. This was a disappointment.
The Hickman Hill Hotel, Gainsborough lost 4 days of our business, plus the extra 5 days that we were in Gainsborough and all of our future visits.
Our work in Gainsborough was extended from 5 day to 10 days and for the remainder of our visit we stayed in a lovely hotel old Georgian manor house/ stately home in West Retford.
One positive thing has come out of this is that we now stay with the same hotel group and since September have stayed approximately 22 nights and have booked another 7 nights before Christmas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For over the last 35 years the Grade II listed Hickman Hill Hotel has charmed guests with its unique character, hospitality and intimate surroundings. Previously Gainsborough's Grammar School and built in 1795 the Hotel has nine spacious rooms named after former Head Teachers. Each room is en-suite with TV, Freeview box, Telephone & Tea/Coffee making facilities. There is ample free parking and it is situated only 1km from the town centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hickman Hill Hotel Gainsborough, Lincolnshire