The worst hotel I have ever stayed in and incredibly it is for sale with a local estate agent (Duxbury's) for the sum of £219,950 (GBP). The pictures on its paper flyers and on websites are a clear misrepresentation of the current standard of this property. The lounge and bar area have been totally altered and appear to be used by the owners as their own front room with clothes under the seating and generally unkempt. Added to this a puppy happily pads around the premises regardless of visiting guests. Sections of wallpaper on the first floor landing are missing revealing some loose plasterwork. Stairs carpet is badly worn and appears dirty. Our room was a disgrace. The carpet was frayed at the edges and badly fitted. The bedding was clean, the decorative cushion on the bed was torn and the pillows were cheap and un-supportive. A loose shelf above the bedhead (dangerously positioned) cloaked an overhead light which didn't work. The bed base had started to collapse and subsequently the mattress was sinking into it which made a good nights sleep almost impossible. Other Trip Advisor reviews have made reference to the Newbury's beds being almost orthopaedic, well I need a trip to an orthapaedic surgeon having attempted to sleep on this bed which was only fit for the tip! Bathroom had no complimentary toiletries and nowhere to place ours. Shower fitments were of poor quality and badly fitted within the cubicle. There was a small vertical box (no door) in the corner of the bedroom which masqueraded as a wardrobe. It was so tiny that the provided coat hangers projected from it which led to coats being hung on hooks inside the bathroom door.
Breakfast was adequate. We couldn't wait to leave this hovel. Anyone considering purchasing The Newbury needs to realise that it has clearly been run down and needs a level of investment not only in the fabric of the building but its reputation also. We will not be returning.
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