Having used various halls of accommodation before, this was by far the worst.
The University, really needs to consider the requirements of non-student visitors. Their website is particularly unhelpful. It took two e-mail to establish where I had to visit in order to collect keys, etc.
Most other universities will kit out the rooms to resemble a 'travelodge' type room. Plymouth did not even live up to that basic standard.
Let's start with the bed-room. Clearly, it had not received a suitably good enough clean since the departure of the last student. The carpet was filthy and heavily stained, the shower was covered in mould and the shower curtain was torn. The mattress was far from comfortable, suffering with protuding lumps.
A kettle and cutlery was supplied in the kitchen. However, the bowls and saucers left out for guests were filthy. That could probably be explained by a total lack of washing up liquid. One suspects that the cleaners merely rinsed off any dirt in cold water.
To gain access to the building, the visitor requires the skills of a locksmith. Eventually, I managed to found a technique of gaining access to the building. On more than one occasion, I found other guests attempting to gain access but failing.
Breakfast is not provided. Instead, guests are advised to spend £5.95 at one of the cafes somewhere on campus. Unfortunately, the guidance fails to explain where the cafe is located on the large campus. Having given up with the hunt, I opted for a porridge pot from the nearby Co-op.
Okay, £36 is at the cheaper end of the price range but I would advise a bed and breakfast elsewhere instead.
Plymouth, you need to consider what visitors require, they are not students. Plus you need to visit campus accommodation elsewhere in the country to see their quality products.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The University's halls of residence provide good quality, city centre accommodation at competitive rates for groups and individuals each summer in July and August. Our accommodation is well equipped with modern facilities and comfortable furnishings. A choice of single en-suite, and single standard rooms are available. Our accommodation is arranged in modern flats containing six-eight bedrooms, each with access to a fully equipped kitchen/dining area with everything you need for a self-catering break. Flats are typically let on a shared basis. ... more less