I stayed at the warm and welcoming New Crown for four nights when working in Bath. The single room rate for one night is very good value - especially for Bath - at £30 but this reduces for stays over three nights so I paid £25/night - a bargain.
The room was clean, with brand new sash windows, a new flat screen TV and DVD player, kettle and (for one person) an ample fridge, where milk (for the breakfast cereal and tea or coffee) was kept. The single bed was comfortable. The shared bathroom likewise was clean. Everything worked including the central heating provided through new-ish double radiators. Decor and some fittings are of some vintage but everything is in good order. Noise from the street was inaudible and from the pub downstairs un-bothersome.
The landlady, Penny James, despite the death of her father in the last week, was very welcoming, as was her husband Kelvin, who cooks generous dinners to order every evening (e.g. Lamb steak with new potatoes and vegetables £8.25) which are also superb value.
The pub is a proper owner-managed drinkers' pub. If you want corporate decor and bouncy balls for the kids, this is not the place. Instead, there is a very friendly clientele, pub banter, Sky Sports TV, a pool table room and Cornish Doom Bar cask ale in good condition at £3.30/pint.
The New Crown has a bus stop outside with the very regular No.1 & No.14 services to Bath Bus Station, which take around 7.5 minutes, or you can easily walk it in 20.
Overall, the offer is extremely good value for money, is convenient for central Bath and it comes with a human face. Owner-managed businesses like this should be massively encouraged. The (more expensive) alternative is the onward march of the soulless automaton budget hotel mega-chains. I know where I would rather stay.
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