Have just returned from one week's stay with my partner and still have the mozzy bites to remember it by. It is very handily located, literally a ten minute walk to the main historic heart of the city.The staff are friendly and very helpful, we were given a choice of two rooms when we arrived, one small pokey one next to the elevator and the second, a sort of attic room at the front of the hotel with its own little corridor and separate bathroom. We chose the latter, only to find out that the free WiFi did not work in the room. Not a huge deal, but a pain when wishing to Skype family back home as we had to go downstairs to the public lounge to do this.
This is the first hotel I can remember staying in where there are no facilities for making a drink in the room, no kettle, nothing, and at 3 euros a pop for a cup of coffee and 4 euros for a cup of lukewarm hot chocolate, bedtime drinks get to be rather costly. The location is very noisy if you are allocated a room at the front of the hotel. The front street seems to be a main thoroughfare from the railway station to the city and never really quietens down. On our final night there was an outdoor rock concert held in the square at the back of the hotel, OK the hotel were not to blame, but the sound was absolutely deafening until 4.00 a.m. Impossible to sleep and everyone looked bleary-eyed at breakfast that morning.
Breakfast is OK but hardly inspiring. If you want a lie in, they will serve you until 10.30, but they seem to do a fixed amount of food and once its gone, its gone. So one morning there was no fruit salad left at 10.00 o'clock, another morning no cheese left, you get the picture. Also one morning the fruit salad was obviously a canned one in a thick gloopy syrup. Come on, there is fresh fruit available at half a dozen shops within walking distance of the hotel.
If it were not for the friendly and helpful attitude of the staff, I would only have given this a two-star rating.
Certainly did not live up to the ratings previously posted for this hotel. Will not be returning, I'm afraid.
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