Not expecting too much from a 'Western Theme' hotel in Tunbridge Wells we went with friends for a quick overnight break.
From the outside the building is very imposing and the western theme wears well on the old station. Plenty of free parking at the rear, which is always welcome. Inside the first thing you notice is it's saloon style and I have to say that it's not bad. Having travelled the Mid West they have certainly done their homework. Some may think it's a pastiche but these places do exist out there. Check-in is at one end of the bar and very efficient. We were a little early but all was ready for us. A nice touch was we were shown to the rooms and the facilities explained to us. On the way back down we accidently stopped at the bar for the next couple of hours. And what a bar it is. A huge range of American beers. Comfy corners or bar saddles. So many free snacks including popcorn, monkey nuts and tortilla chips that you could save the price of a meal in the restaurant! If you hate country music this may not be the place for you as it's piped non stop in the bar and restaurant. But saying that I heard just about every variation on a theme in the time we spent there. Blues to Bluegrass.
So tacky cowboy rooms. Not really. It just all works. Sure the fittings and fixtures are western overload but it just looks right, even a little understated compared to some lodges I've stayed at. So in the room, which I would say is larger than average, you have a full size desk, a wardrobe, double bed, a chair or two, flat screen TV and capsule drinks machine. A nice up to date shower and toilet unit, again above average size. And as a bonus the shower had a pump, so good firm pressure. No aircon but two huge sash windows that opened fully. We looked out onto the supermarket car park but after it closed no noise at all. Minor moan, curtains are a bit thin. Blackouts would be better. Standard size double bed but not uncomfortable and a feather duvet as a cover. Extra pillows in the wardrobe. Loads of towels and really good quality.
The most impressive thing about the room was it was spotlessly clean, it just looked so clean that I did something I've never done before, the dust search test. Tops of mirrors, door frames etc. Nothing. This is the cleanest hotel I've have ever stayed at. Perhaps I was just lucky but I don't think so.
So after booking what could have been a theme night disaster we found a bit of a gem. I'm ready to go back there already.
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