Arrived here at around 1am, as attending a conference at the Uni and the conference organisers had managed to mess up our booking in what is normally the student accommodation. Despite the late hour, Reception dealt with our booking quickly and efficiently. The route to the room was a bit of a trek and there is a strange lift system, whereby you take the lift up one floor from reception, but it only takes you up to the 1st floor, then you need to walk along another corridor to find another lift and/or stairs to get to the 2nd floor - odd.
Anyway, the room was fine – clean and well presented. There was a flat-screen TV, a kettle with coffee and tea sachets (both including decaff) and a pack of biscuits, plus a bottle of water. There were large liquid soap plus hair and body wash dispensers, a thin plastic cup for mouth-rinse purposes, plus complimentary size body lotion and mouthwash (no shower cap). The shower was good but whilst the hand towel and bath sheet were clean, they weren’t particularly soft. There was a phone in the bedroom and (oddly I thought) the bathroom (above the loo – perhaps this is where business people conduct their business, in more than one sense of the word lol). There was a trouser press and an iron and ironing board in the cupboard, which I was glad of to press my linen jacket which had suffered during the journey in my bag (yes, I was ironing at 1.30am), but I couldn’t seem to get the ironing board down again! Hairdryer also provided.
Slight niggles: there was a small fan in the cupboard, which I got out as the weather was hot, but this was so noisy that it could not be used, as it would have hindered sleep, so the window wide open for the night was the best I could do. Also, the pillows were on the small side, plus you had to remember to make sure your door was locked with the key when leaving, or turn the lock when you get in, as it didn’t lock automatically on closure, and there was no inside cover for the spy-hole.
Breakfast was OK – buffet style, with full range of the usual cooked items (although they kept running out of toast), croissants and pastries, cereals, jam and marmite, plus it was nice to have a ‘healthy corner’ with fresh berries and yogurt (again, could have been replenished quicker). Fruit juice, tea and coffee freely available, although the hot water for the tea pots was from an urn, rather than boiling as I would have liked. The breakfast plates were purposely small, preventing people from having too much on their plate (although they could of course go back for seconds if they wanted!). Had to ask them to replenish the bowl of bananas too, so felt they could have kept their eye on stock levels a bit better, but on the whole fairly organised considering the amount of people they are feeding at once.
The conference centre accommodation is situated about a 15 minute or so walk from the Arts Centre theatre on the campus so has we had heavy bags and had to be there early, reception ordered a taxi to take us there, which came very quickly and the fare was £5 to the Arts Centre.
On the whole, I would be more than happy to stay here again if I was here on business purposes.
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- Offering over 54 specialised meeting rooms and 204 luxury en suite bedrooms, Scarman is one of the largest residential Training and Conference Centres in the UK. Size isn't everything, however - and at Scarman, we agree. It's our dedicated, professional team that truly makes this venue unique, working tirelessly and efficiently behind the scenes to ensure that your event runs like clockwork. ... more less
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