Recent overnight stop at this quaint old inn.
A (once) Very grand reception area and public spaces full of old people sucking at their teas as we arrived.We did chuckle at the look of it.
Polite and efficient check-in then the complicated bit, finding our room in this quirky maze of a building.
Opened the door and had to laugh at the décor... Bold floral print everywhere matched with a pink pinstripe and it was everywhere, curtains swags, pelmets & bedding. Like Barbara Cartland's boudoir indeed.
Ok seriously, not our taste but serviceable and functional enough for a short stay and I'm sure it had looked quite plush in its day. We assume it will be updated in due course? but as we had a budget room deal perhaps this was one of the last.
I agree with other reviewers its time some money was spent all over the hotel to justify their list prices. But its the hotels Location that really sells it and ironically too, one of its worst downfalls.
Our room did not face the front street with the tacky Nightclubs but the side street where we could clearly hear the din from their 'clientèle' until about 03:30! Our room (No74) was in a 1970's block with double glazing too!
We returned reasonably early (about 23:25) to find sordid urban chaos* outside the now Bolted main gate and were relieved to be quickly let in on ringing the night porters bell.
Breakfast was very civilised but service a bit patchy as we often had to catch a passing waiter/ess to remind them of something missing. Why bring toast without butter or a coffee pot without milk?.
Overall a passable stay in the centre of town but perhaps best on a week day and definitely arrive by train as parking anywhere is awkward and expensive.
(*Cackling Hens, fighting Lads, Police and street Pastors milling about, ALL Not hotel's fault of course but quite intimidating to walk through)
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