We booked a week at this place based on its description as being a budget hotel- nothing fancy but clean and comfortable and convenient. It was convenient but that's about it.
First- the room was crammed with 4 single beds set up like a jigsaw puzzle, with barely room to walk sideways between them. Nowhere to put luggage. No closet. Sagging curtains. Light fixtures that didn't work.
Second- 3 of the beds had mattresses that must've been at least 50 years old with the springs just about poking through the fabric. I had to use 3 of the wafer thin pillows to pad the mattress surface enough to not feel the springs at night. It was like sleeping on the ground. The other 2 beds were only 30 years old!
Third- the "en suite" shower was ridiculous. A metal shower stall was stuck in the middle of the room with no ventilation at all. Not sure if it was even plumbed since we didn't want to try using it. The common showers were of the same type, rusty and dingy with poor drainage but at least the water was hot. Surprisingly, the toilets and sinks were fairly clean.
Fourth- The room stank and the carpet was so dirty we didn't want to walk barefoot on it. I was afraid to look under the beds until the day we left and its a good thing I didn't. Ick again.
Fifth- We had to pay for our entire stay upon arrival without having a look at the room. We were charged an extra 8 Pounds to use a credit card. No refunds. So even though the room was substandard, we couldn't leave to find other accommodations.
Sixth- the weather turned damp and cold. The ancient electric heater on the wall turned on but didn't produce heat. We were cold every night. They must've known this because the housekeeper left a pile of extra blankets for us to use...thank goodness!
The room was so awful that we didn't want to return to it every night but stayed out until we were exhausted so as to not have to spend as few conscious as possible there.. Couldn't wait to leave and when we did, hoped to God that the next places we'd booked for the remainder of our trip to the UK wouldn't be anything like the Windsor House was. They weren't.
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- Also Known As:
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