We bought a house last year, that had not been decorated since the 70s. Staying at the Guoman last night brought back painful memories. After having spend 10 minutes in total shock. staring at the single bed in my $500 per night room, the stained carpets, dodgy shower curtain (yes, what hotel still does have shower curtains, really!), I went downstair to complain.
The staff were nice enough to calm me down, offer me a glass of water and listen to me ranting loudly. I was offered a more 'recently' (sic) refurbished room with a double bed instead.
The room was still tired and old, and during whatever number of refurbishments it had experienced, clearly was painted over and over in layers. The resulting thick layering of colourings was holding on for dear life and in many areas had given up the pretence of being stuck to the wall. It only took for me to turn on the air-conditioning (yes, some modern 20th century amenities have even made it to the Guoman), for little particles of (no doubt lead containing) paint to start their airborne floatation around the room and finally settle like dandruff in the worn-down carpet.
The next morning, I had another slight disagreement with the shower, which for no apparent reason decided to change the temperature of the water to boiling, forcing me to jump out, pulling down the shower curtain with me as a result, with the shampoo still in my hair and eyes.
Next time, I would rather stay at the Bates Motel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Large contemporary hotel located at St. Katharine's Dock on banks of the Thames, overlooking Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Shard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Tower Hotel London
- The Tower London
- Hotel Thistle
- London The Tower