I think ours was room 214 (top of front staircase, first landing, first door on the right). Despite looking lovely, it didn't really work well to actually live in!
The bathroom was huge, which was a complete waste of space really. It all looked fabulous, but there was nowhere to hang hand towels, flannel etc near the sink, and the one small towel rail just couldn't cope with two bath towels & two hand towels. The shower looked good, but didn't go very hot, or very forceful. I know that's great ecologically, but I have a bad neck, and going under a very hot shower is sometimes the only way to ease it off. The only mirror was in the bathroom along the back of the loo and sink, so you had to lean across them if you wanted to see anything close up. There was no plug socket in bathroom, so you couldn't use the hairdryer in there, but there was no mirror at all anywhere else, so you couldn't dry your hair in front of one anywhere!
The lighting was VERY dingy in the bedroom, not helped by the fact that the table lamp didn't work. At least the bathroom had a huge window so was lovely and bright. Our view looked out onto a sort of rooftop walkway with what looked like scaffolding poles. Very dreary. :-/
We had our meals in our room as my partner was shattered. Food was good, but arrived with no cloches so wasn't very warm. There also wasn't much choice. I had the same thing two nights in a row!
No tea/coffee making in the room. Instead they have a proper machine on each landing for cappucino etc, which is all complementary. I knew this in advance, but wasn't sure how we'd get on with the idea and it didn't work for us at all. Our room door was really heavy & stiff and there were no trays so it was really awkward getting in with two cups of coffee. There were also supposed to be complementary homemade cookies by the coffee, but I only found any there once in almost 48 hours. They were loose in a jar and could have been touched by goodness knows who. Urghhhh.. Not very hygenic! :-/
Our door wasn't very soundproof and we heard every word when people were going past, which, as we were at the top of the stairs, was everyone! The most disconcerting thing was that when the door was open, anyone in bed was in full view of anyone and everyone in the corridor! That's a really bad design! The door needs to be hung on the other side, then when open, the door would hide the bed from view. We had to make sure that each time one of us went out, or answered the door, the other one was decent! On top of this, there was no "Do not disturb" sign! I had to ask for one after the first night because I found the room really hot and was sleeping with parts of me dangling out for air and was really worried that housekeeping would come barging in on me in the morning!
We had two biggish, but not massive, suitcases and struggled with quite a few steps outside the Hotel, and stairs inside. No ramp outside, and no lift inside. We are in our 50's and fairly fit & stong. I don't know how less fit and able people would cope! The bedroom was really quite small and there was nowhere to put the suitcases so we found ourselves tripping over them all the time.
The photos on the website are completely misleading!! We were expecting a lovely old house, but Reception (and our room it seemed) were in a modern extension. We didn't see anything of the lovely old house part. Very disappointing!
All the hotel info is on the TV screen, which we found really irritating. Just give us a folder of info like everyone else does!! We couldn't get a full menu to come up on the TV screen and ended up having to go online and look at the menu on their website! Ridiculous!!
When we arrived, the girl who showed us up said... "Your room is newly decorated. You can smell the paint".. and indeed you could! :-( My partner was really struggling the first night with the stink. In the end we had the window open and then he caught a bit of a chill. Surely they shouldn't be putting people into a newly decorated room until the fume smell has completely vanished. We both had headaches that first evening!
The soap and body wash provided were nice, but the shampoo was AWFUL! My hair felt like straw after using it.
I found the supposedly fantastic bed too hard, though my partner didn't. We had twins zipped together and the zip join was rather lumpy and uncomfortable.
Pillows and duvet were lovely though! :-)
The first night we ordered a bottle of wine with our dinner but when it came, the wine was missing. As the food wasn't exactly hot we had to just get on and eat. By the time the wine arrived we had completely finished our meals!
I'm generally not a complaining sort of person, but I have to say that what initially looked like a very nice Hotel and room was VERY disappointing for us, due to a lot of needless, niggly little things. Maybe we had "duff" new room, that is having some teething troubles, but we found it all mounted up to being rather annoying and wouldn't ever stay there again unfortunately.
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