My partner and I were taking part in the British Heart Foundation's London to Milton Keynes bike ride the following day, so we'd booked this hotel to get a good night's sleep, close to the start of the ride in preparation.
The hotel wasn't necessarily the cheapest around, but was about as close as we could get for a reasonable cost.
When booking, I explained to the chap on the phone that we needed somewhere secure to store our bikes overnight as we were taking part in the ride the following morning. He said that this was not a problem. However, I think he's version and my version of secure are very different. We had to chain the bikes to a drainpipe at the back (unsecured) of the hotel by the car park.
First impressions of the hotel were good - the reception was bright, modern and very clean (if you ignored the pungent aroma of body odour emanating from the small hatch where the receptionist "greeted" us).
However, when we made our way up to our room things changed somewhat. The building is relatively clean, but smells fusty and unloved. The room was the same. Sparse, but reasonable clean. The heating being on full pelt didn't help things, and with no way of adjusting the temperature the room was hot and oppressive. The windows had presumably been left open because of this. The trouble with this, is that noise from the busy streets then becomes an issue.
We didn't experience breakfast as we had to set off before breakfast was served at 8am, which we didn't consider an issue when checking in, but on waking and getting ready we discovered that there was only one cup in the room, and only one ancient tea bag. Not brilliant.
If we do the ride again next year we'll certainly do a bit more research into local hotels.
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