On arriving at the hotel after an extremely stressful commute there, the staff were very welcoming and friendly, even offering us a choice of room at the front or rear of the hotel (we opted for rear to be away from the road). Our "tiny" room was much bigger than expected, a nice surprise. Excellent provisions (I would have been happy to stay in our room rather than to schlep over to Sheperds Bush for a concert). Only comment about the room was that the airconditiong/heater seemed to smell of armpits. When we returned later, it was a fairly unpleasant smell, but one you get used to! Overall decor of the hotel is good, although the carpets on the 3rd floor landing could do with replacing.
After the gig we came back to the bar (there was a function on in the club) - lookng forward to ean evening with no one talking on mobiles or taking silly photos (it's hotel policy that they're not allowed into communal areas). Unfortunately this doens't seem to be a rule that anyone else takes any notice of, and the staff have little authority to enforce. So, we only had a couple of drinks, and then got fed up of the overly loud drunks at the bar (don't get me wrong, this could have been me on a night out with the girls) and went to our enormous, very comfy bed.
Because check out isn't until 12, we could actually enjoy a lie in. Nice homemade bicuits and a cup of coffee and then to breakfast - nice healthy portions, although prices are steep, you don't really need any extras and go away satisfied! I had booked a stay and play package, expecting to spend our money in the bar the night before, but having gone to bed early, had £55 to spend on breakfast! I didn't need to eat again until teatime, let's put it that way.
SOHO, sort out the aircon and the phone policy and you'll have an almost perfect retreat :)
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