You really have to alter your mindset when you stay here - really think 50 year old train compartment not hotel room!
There are lots of things about the accommodation that you simply wouldn't accept if it was a hotel room - mould around the windows from condensation, mouldy curtains that don't quite reach the bottom of the window, bathroom doors that just won't shut, a smell of damp in the bathroom and hot water running out halfway through a shower. These are quite a few things that could be put right without much effort and expense to just improve the overall experience.
That said, once you accept the quirkiness, its a great experience!
The carriage was also warmer than I thought it would be - a large radiator in the main bedroom and a small one in the bathroom.
It is also quite a weird feeling at first when the trains rattle by and your carriage vibrates!
The public areas, bar, restaurant and dining car are all lovely - great decor and the conservatory area is only 10 metres from the railway track which was great for railway enthusiasts and a novelty for us other guests!
We couldn't fault the staff, especially Sid the Manager, who was really friendly and helpful.
The continental breakfast was plentiful and a cooked breakfast is available for a small extra cost - you have to order the night before though!
We had the set menu on the first night as it was included as part of our deal - couldn't find fault with it and they were very accommodating with my dairy allergy which I hadn't advised them of in advance. After the meal we sat by the log fire and were given a complimentary shot of Zivania, a cypriot liqueur, which was a nice touch.
On the 2nd night of our stay we chose to eat in the restaurant again as normal paying guests. The menu is quite extensive and has some Greek dishes which made a nice change. The lamb Kleftiko was beautiful!
The prices are normal average restaurant prices and not overly expensive.
One of our party had a birthday and the staff presented a dessert with candles and a rendition of Happy Birthday which completed the meal brilliantly. The complimentary liqueurs were offered around again after the meal.
We had a great time here, and can't fault the value as we were on a KGB deal. If the few niggles in the rooms were put right and a little bit of decoration done, I could give it an Excellent next time.
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