I should have trusted the reviews I read on this site.
The staff couldn't have been more helpful, but that's where the good part ends. They are given nothing helpful to work with.
The hotel building is badly designed and built. Although this is a non-smoking hotel, I had to suffer the cigarette smoke from neighboring rooms, as it was coming in through the bathroom ventilators. Also, the walls are so thin that you can hear most of the bodily functions of your neighbors.
What was described as 'Round steak' on the menu, and as 'Rump steak' by the waitress, was inedible, I'm guessing that it was actually a very cheap cut of beef, probably topside, which should only be served after long, slow cooking, never as a steak. The chef, to his credit, recognized the problem and replaced the meal with something else.
The hotel is in an industrial area, which introduces a couple of issues. The factory next door operates all night, but really gets going at about 6 am. As this is a relatively cheap hotel for the area, many of the guests are workers at the surrounding industry, and some start work at 6 am, creating the predictable wake-up call.
Had we only paid the price of a Formula motel or similar we wouldn't be so disappointed, but this wasn't that cheap.
Do yourself a favor, spend few extra euros and stay in town.
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