Me and my partner decided on sea spray for our anniversary after reading positive reviews. We chose the Manhatten Penthouse Suite as we fancied splashing out a bit and at £180 per night (staying for 2 nights) we had high expectations.
When we arrived we were welcomed by Melanie who explained to us about the parking. A permit costing £6 would cover 24hrs if parked in zone C where there are no parking meters. As we arrived at 7.30pm on a thursday night, there was no spaces available to use the permit so we had to park under a meter and pay for an hour (you have to pay between 9am - 8pm) and would have to move it in the morning. A nusense to start with i must admit. We would advise arriving earlier during the day before people return from work, you may be more likely to get a space that way.
We got taken to our room which was clean and comfortable, although we did expect it to be a little bigger and luxurious for the price tag. She explained breakfast for the morning and that those staying in the penthouses recieve breakfast in bed which sounded good. We both chose the full english options for breakfast, chosing between juice or hot drinks and which type of toast. It arrived at the time specified but we were a bit disappointed with the lack of choice of options and the sausages were very small, you only got one.
The room has a big flat screen tv with freeview channels and dvd player which was very good, the hotel has fast FREE wifi which my ipod connected to straight away, another added extra. The room possessed a seating area which we used to eat our takeaway pizza which most hotels would not allow but melanie offered us plates and cutley which made things alot easier and cheaper as we didnt want to eat out two nights in a row. The room also had a mini bar with water,wine, beer, juice, canned drinks and spirits which you could have at a charge. They also provided a hairdryer, ironing board and iron. The bed was a kingsize with black leather, the pilows seemed a bit hard and the bed also but i guess each person has a different view on bed comfort, but it was ok. The maid came in and made the bed after one nght, replaced the towels and bins.
One fo the main reasons why we chose this room was for the jacuzzi bath. We was hoping it would be a little bigger again however once we had filled it up (it took a while) we both could sit in the bath and the jacuzzi was nice especially with the blue lighting. The shower was also very good although it was a little difficult to get the temperatur right.
We was also given a key to the side door of the hotel as the recption is only open 8am - 9pm. This meant we could come and go as we pleased.
Overall a good stay although for the price we paid we expected a bit more like dinner or champagne in the room. Maybe one of the cheaper rooms would have provided us with the same experience.
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