Oxford- a city of class and culture. But not if you're staying in this dump.
After my traumatic experiences with Travelodge in Oxford (one star), we've continued to explore the worst guesthouses in the world, which mainly seem to be based in Oxford. I'd like to say that "you get what you pay for"- but you could probably get better value by hiring a skip and pulling a sheet of cardboard over yourselves for your night's sleep.
You can get a true feel for your stay here when you walk through the door and, like in a particularly scary episode of Doctor Who, you're immediately transported back 20 years (the decor hasn't been repaired or updated in that time)- to a bygone age of guesthouses. I particularly liked the range of brass-effect warning signs telling everyone not to do pretty much anything.
The rooms might have been nice- once- but our room was half of a large bedroom that had been badly split in two by the local builders, Bodgit and Scarper . It was tatty, grim and cold. We had booked a double room and were given a twin.
Breakfast was fine though, no complaints there, dining room decor is clearly from another planet. The woman who seems to be in charge is lovely and friendly and really, really wants to help- but she only has basic English, so didn't really understand what we were saying. While she was cooking and running around bringing breakfasts out, around 8 other people were milling around suspiciously in the kitchen.
What I don't understand is why this place hasn't been closed down: knowing something about the regulations, I know for certain that this place doesn't even meet basic fire regulations (wrong sorts of locks on the doors.)
All we can conclude is that this place is better than sleeping in a skip. At least, it is if there isn't a fire.
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