First impressions can be deceiving - not so with our stay here - we were told to ignore the signs indicating no entry - refurbishment in progress - just carry straight on to your room. The room was large for a twin and clean and comfortable. It was evident that the furniture had seen better days, and the corridor was partly covered in protection. Hey ho - refurbishment has to take place sometime and our room seemed tidy enough.
We retired to bed quite late near midnight but sleep evaded us for hours. The noise from the corridor and other rooms was very disturbing, and the crash of empty bottles being emptied into a skip woke us up on two further occasions. When we finally got off to sleep at about 4 in the morning (Sunday) there was the noise of a lorry unloading and loading wheeled containers very near our room. This lasted ages until the lorry finally drove off.
Just before breakfast I was examining the view outside, which gave no clue to the source of the noise when I realized I was looking through a single glazed window, in a flimsy section of aluminum curtain walling. Since this form of construction has not been used for 40 years you can see why this hotel might need some refurbishment. It also probably explained why the airborne sound from other rooms and the corridors was so poor - 1970s construction technology was pitiful.
Believe me travel lodge etc may be cheep and cheerful, but are better built, and you'll sleep better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Noke by Thistle St Albans is a traditional Victorian hotel, located in Hertfordshire; it is accessible via the Thameslink train from London. Just off the M25, the M1 and close to the A1, it’s a popular venue for business meetings & weekend breaks. There are 110 bedrooms, including 44 deluxe bedrooms and suites and six meeting rooms, the largest seating 250 people theatre-style. With our landscaped grounds, easy accessibility and ample free parking on-site, Thistle St Albans is also a popular wedding venue and convenient for business meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle St Albans Hotel St. Albans
- Noke Hotel St Albans
- Thistle St Albans Saint