This is the second worst hotel I have stayed in on business but it wins an award because it is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in for more than one night.
It is in a central location, the lady on the reception was nice enough and the breakfast was okay (if you like that sort of thing). Okay that's plus points finished.
The sign on the outside of the hotel looks crummy and when you enter the reception you might be fooled into thinking perhaps it is not so bad. But look up the stairs (you will almost certainly be using these as there is no lift) and take a deep breath. And hold that breath as long as you can because there is a nasty smell that pervades the public areas - drains I think.
I was on the third floor (49 steps up, sounds like a John Buchan novel) which gave me ample time to get a good look at the stairs and landing areas - shabby is a word that comes to mind. When I eventually got my bent key to unlock the room I thought I had gone into a cupboard. There was the bed against the wall and by the side was about 0.5m space and no side table. I slept with my phone and netbook for company.
The bathroom is a triumph of filthy minimalism. It was a shower cubicle (dirty on the inside) and a tile missing below, I wonder what species lurked there and then an area slightly wider than a toilet all the way round that contained a toiler and a wash basin - so tiny and no room to put anything.
It must be the tiniest room i have ever stayed in. Okay so let's console my self with a bit of WiFi surfing. Ah the €7.50 wireless internet doesn't reach the dark denizens of the 3rd floor but it works well in the bar, but that is a bit difficult for Skyping with my family.
So you may be wondering just how much this cost. Well let me tell you that it was the week of Medica (in Dusseldorf) so prices give a whole new meaning to the word 'inflation' and I paid €116 per night (Including breakfast) - it would have been overpriced at €11.6.
The hotel needs a total revamp or demolition - awful place.
Actually there is one last plus point. If you walk out of the hotel, turn right then when you hit the main shopping street turn right again and about 30m along (after the pub) is a little bistro bar thing. I ate in here every night and the food was cheap and really okay. The waiter chap (the one with the big moustache) was very pleasant and welcoming. I would have recommended this place highly until the very last part of the last night when I watched, stunned and amused (I have to say) as I saw some mice running around. Without the mice I would have marked it 8/10 but the mice take the shine off it somehow!
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