The location of this hotel is pretty desolate, a run-down part of town to the south of the city centre - admittedly not too far to walk (10 - 15 mins) - with a dual carriageway, a garage, a used car lot and a shutdown pub.
The guy on reception was wearing a shellsuit and it looked like he was sleeping on a sofa bed behind the desk. It soon became apparent that he did everything. I felt quite sorry for the fellow, he was working very hard but it didn't look very professional and, although helpful, he wasn't a natural at customer relations. I think the owner of the hotel turned up on the following morning, and they appeared to be undertaking some kind of running repairs between them, as well as cooking breakfast! I think the owner needs to employ some extra staff.
I didn't see a single other person during my stay, despite this being a Friday night, and the hotel apparently being "very popular with hen parties". I couldn't really imagine any lone female visitors feeling comfortable here.
Other reviews mention the wonderful value breakfast. They must be easily impressed, because it may have been only three quid but it was only available at a ridiculously early hour and the cooked breakfast was comprised of something like Tesco Value items. Fruit juice was actually orange squash.
The room itself was reasonably spacious, but smelt a bit musty and was pretty old-fashioned in terms of bedding and decor.
I guess you do get what you pay for; it was a cheap stay in all fairness. And I do like to try and support independent hotels rather than chains. It's probably okay for a group of young guys trying to save a few quid. But in all honesty, for most people I think you'd do better to spend 10 - 15 pounds more and stay in the centre proper. You'd save a tenner in cab fares anyway.
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