Arrived on Thursday afternoon. First impressions were that it was clean, modern and excellent location in central Bath. No parking space available at time of booking but on checking in there had been a space cancellation so we managed to get that for £8.00 a day approx.
Check in receptionist was very pleasant and to the point. There is a lift that carries 2 people. Our rooms were on the 3rd floor. (We went with friends.)
We were in room 305. The room slopes which adds to the character of the building. There were all the usual amenities you would expect in a room including slippers and a small bottle of water. My initial concerns were a socket point half way up the wall which looked like a chipmunk had eaten all round the edge of it, wallpaper peeling off the wall near the bathroom and hair around the edges of the bathroom floor where the floor had not been cleaned sufficiently. This part of town is noisy on Friday and Saturday nights and we heard revellers making noise until the early hours, in itself not really a problem but the lack of sleep becomes a problem when you are woken very early in the morning by contractors renovating the huge building across the street. Twice I opened the curtains to see a man in a crane looking at us! (This can not be attributed to the hotel although a heads up would have been appreciated.)
Breakfast was not bad, all nicely cooked on order with fresh coffee, tea and toast brought to our table. They also have a table for cereals, dairy, pastries, fruit and juice. Very nice start to the day. We also enjoyed a meal there on the first evening. I had the Goats Cheese to start but found it still chilled and hard in the middle instead of warm and soft all the way through. They did an offer for dinner where they offered a bottle of red or white for dinner free of charge and we opted for the white which was very nice. The service was very friendly, organised and we felt looked after at dinner and breakfast.
The hotel has had a huge makeover last year. This shows in the bar mainly. I don't feel our room was made over as there were a couple of water stains on the coving and ceiling. There is air conditioning units all over the hotel, none of which appear to work. We asked a couple of times about the aircon and were told the same thing that they don't work. The hotel was extremely warm and I would have thought this issue would have been addressed in the makeover last year.
The door is locked at 11pm, the bar closes shortly afterwards, even for residents and room services ends at 9.30pm. We paid £65 for the first night and £130 for each other night b&b.
So, good and bad. We will be returning to Bath but will try a different hotel next time just so we can try and attain the value for money feeling in our choice of hotel.
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