Booked a twin room for a friend and I who were in town for an event. Was on my wallet so wanted something cheap, settled on this eventually.
Had to get a taxi to and from the location, something you need to consider when you are totalling the cost. We were going between Millennium Point and here most of the time, cost us around £7 a trip. In fairness we had suitcases to port around and apparently "all the buses" go past the hotel.
The hotel itself is more of a motel - it's a big site with tons of little rooms, the ground floor rooms have their doors on the ground floor exposed to the elements.
I reserved the room online and paid for it upon arrival - it was 2 nights for around £100. What they do not tell you until you get there is they do some kind of pre-approved charge or something (forgot the exact term but someone mentioned it in another review) of £100 that they can basically charge you in case you trash the room or whatever. I was immediately pissed off with this because it's a surprise charge, even if the money isn't taken out of your account. Not everyone is going to have another £100 in their account. I gave them a card to do this with and there wasn't enough money in it, so I said 'so what happens now?', they took a photocopy of my ID instead. It's an annoying policy and I'm not surprised they don't mention it in advance. I'd describe this hotel as the kind of place people in films go to kill prostitutes etc so I wouldn't be surprised if sometimes rooms get trashed or someone steals a kettle etc.
Our room was on the ground floor directly opposite the reception, with cars parked in front and people walking past, so a hell of a lot more noise than one would have liked, especially for the person sleeping next to the window.
The central heating did not work in our room; I told a staff member and he immediately brought an electric heater for us to use so well done to him. My roommate decided to order fish & chips to our room at 2am which the guy handled as well so kudos for that!
Despite the central heating not working, the taps and showers were piping hot which was fantastic.
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