Stayed here for work in room 113. The hotel is in a fantastic location so would highly recommend for any stays in the city. Looks great & although the room was quite small, it has everything you need & it's of a good quality. The downside of my room was location in the hotel (above alley that runs alongside with a pub/shops outside & even on a Tues night, it was quite noisy - I can see it being too much on a weekend). The room was also very stuffy so I had to have the window open & the air con did not doing anything, could not be adjusted & was noisy. As others had said, the bed is incredibly soft - nice to lounge on but you can be a bit sore by morning after a nights' sleep. The bathroom is nice but had hair on the floor & in the shower which is a bit off-putting. The shower ran hot/cold & shoots out past the door onto the floor. The head is so high you don't have a hope of moving it so saturated the bath towel & bathroom floor by the end of the shower - even with me standing in there trying to block it.
On the plus side (this sounds quite negative but it's just the facts about room 113 & I would recommend & stay again), the hotel is in a great location and the quality of the products (tea/coffee/biscuits and bathroom products) is high & the bed is good quality & fine if you like it soft. If they fixed the air con and moved the shower head it would be fine!
The staff are extremely friendly & professional & make you feel welcome. I had dinner & breakfast in the restaurant & both were excellent. The restaurant is a Michael Caines one & for very cheap (around £17 for 2 courses, £22 for 3 courses) you can have a good range of options from their set menu. I had sea bream starter & braised lamb shoulder main, both of which were excellent. The wine list is extensive but very expensive, that being said, a carafe of their cheapest red (a Malbec) was lovely and around £16 from memory & fine to go with dinner for one! Breakfast was excellent with a good range of cereals & juice & large range of hot options for order off the menu. Despite the issues with the room, I would definitely stay here again for business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking to the future of The Royal Clarence, we have every intention to rebuild the hotel with enormous sympathy. The 18th-century hotel, said to be one of the oldest in England, was gutted when a blaze spread from an adjacent building on Friday morning. The fire wrecked the inside of the landmark building and left the frontage on the brink of collapse. ... more less
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