I stayed at this hotel recently for a weekend.
The hotel is very central within Salisbury, and has an historic, olde worlde charm: parts of the building date back to the 16th-18th centuries, albeit much altered in the 19th and 20th. Many of the furnishings have been chosen to complement the character of the building. Perhaps the nicest feature is the central courtyard, overgrown with Virginia Creeper, which provides a tranquil and picturesque haven from the city outside.
The bedroom was in a modern extension. It was reasonably well equipped and spacious, but the attempt to chintz it up made it feel claustrophobic: both the curtains (which ran along the length of one wall) and the large padded headboard which ran across the twin beds was in a chintz patterned fabric with a black background. Hideous. A silk and plastic orchid (why?) in one corner was covered in thick dust; the shower faucet wasn't working properly; and most bizarrely next to the toilet was a decoy duck chained to the floor.
The killer was the lack of air conditioning: given how central it is, there was a lot of street noise on Friday and Saturday from 11pm until 3am outside, so leaving the windows open was impossible. (The fact rooms come with a supply of ear plugs should be a warning to light sleepers.) Some rooms apparently have fans, but mine didn't, and with a night-time temperature in the high 60s outside it was unpleasantly stuffy in the room.
Redeeming features were the excellent breakfast (freshly cooked to order) and friendly staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Salisbury
- Best Western Salisbury
- Salisbury Red Lion
- Salisbury Best Western