This is the second time I have stayed here, simply for its proximity to a conference venue I was attending. The price is good, and the location was good for me, but it is pretty basic and not comfortable enough to make me want to stay for longer.
We were checked in at 10pm by the night porter who was rather brusque and not very welcoming. When we found our rooms on the first floor (we weren't given any direction) we had been assigned two twin rooms, when we had clearly booked one twin and one double. This was soon rectified, but was an added hassle after driving 4 hours in Friday night traffic.
The twin room I shared with a friend was very clean and had tea and coffee making facilities and a TV, but it was very shabby. The window had a broken pane of glass, the dressing table was missing a drawer handle, the towel rail in the bathroom had screws hanging out of it and the bathroom door didn't fit the frame, making it difficult to close or lock. The shower also leaked from somewhere and we had to use 3 towels to mop the bathroom floor both mornings during our stay. The beds were also very lumpy and you could feel all the springs.
Our friends were moved to a double room on the top floor which it turned out they had stayed in last year. As last year, their shower came out as a dribble and was fixed to the wall in such a way they couldn't stand under it properly.
There was also far too much heating on and we were all forced to sleep with wide open windows.
We ate breakfast in the hotel and the staff were helpful and there was a cooked option which was pretty standard.
There is wifi but it drops out once you go upstairs to the rooms, so it's really only useable in the bar and lounge.
While the website advertises people drinking in the bar in the evenings, there are only the most basic options available and it seemed to be staffed by the night porter.
This hotel served it's purpose as a base for us during a conference where we just needed to sleep. The breakfast was filing and the price was reasonable.
However I wouldn't recommend it for anything more than that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated a short walk from the Beach, Bandstand and Theatres. All 38 rooms are ensuite with hospitality tray, Cd radio, Television and Telephone. There is a licensed bar with comfortable lounges and a large Plasma screen. A large permanent ramped entrance and a talking lift to all floors make the Hotel fully accesible to wheelchair users. A warm welcome awaits you here. ... more less
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