I really enjoy saying great things about independent businesses as I am starting to hate the large chains of sterile anonymous hotels and want the smaller hotels to thrive. However, this is not one of those occassions. Sorry.
I arrived late midnight and the door was locked and no-one at the reception, so I had to knock on the door (no bell) which is a bit daunting as a lone female traveller. The night porter/receptionist let me in promptly. As I had to leave very early in the morning I asked if I could settle my bill there and then which was fine, but led to some problems printing. I was a bit disappointed just to be left standing there for ages with no communication re the printing problems and after a while I said that as it was so late I just wanted to go to bed and please leave invoice for the morning.
The downstairs area looked very nice and I was happy until I started making my way to the rooms through the tired and slightly depressing staircase and hallway, but sharp intake breath was required when I opened my bedroom door. I was so glad I only had six hours in this room as it was the most depressing room I have seen for a long time. Start bright white lighting everywhere with no cosiness at all, walls which look they have painted over and over again and tired blinds. And the bathroom, reminded me of something I have stayed in an elderly relatives house - white suite , but dated all so dated and no area around the sink for storing your toiletries. Very few toiletries provided (no shower cap etc,.) just very odd. I have to say very clean though. The bed was not very nice and I didn't enjoy sleeping here. One excellent feature which was the provision of fresh milk in the fridge for tea and coffee, brilliant, I hate UHT milk.
In the morning, there was no hot water for the shower which even if there had of been, it was very a weak and unimpressive shower.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by a lovely restaurant area for breakfast and a lovely waitress (this can be hard at 7am). Good selection of fresh (not tinned) fruits and juices. Lovely fresh coffee and then a very good breakfast cooked fresh (non of this stupid buffet style breakfasts I detest). Poached eggs, locally sourced sausages and bacon. Really really good.
This hotel could be good if the rooms were of the same standard as the food and downstairs decor.
I thought this hotel carried a hefty price tag at £89 without breakfast and I really felt the room was not worth (agains the competition) no more than £49.
The full breakfast at £7.95 represented excellent value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Independently owned character hotel ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Within walking distance of the centre of Somerset's County town Taunton, this 45 bedroom hotel has been transformed to meet the demands of the modern day traveller. Late 2015 the complete refurbishment of the bar & restaurant has created a relaxed drinking and dining venue. Ideal for business or pleasure. Emphasis has been placed on developing a simple yet stylish and comfortable sleeping experience. All rooms have linen duvets, ample work space, refrigerators with complimentary bottled water and fresh milk, flat screen televisions and sparkling en-suite facilities. Free Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. A flexible combination of meeting and eating rooms and excellent road and rail connections make the Corner House a convenient location for day and residential meetings. The hotel has on site car parking and is in an ideal location for visiting many of the nearby Somerset attractions or as a stopover en-route to or from the Cornish peninsula. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Corner Hotel Taunton
- The Corner House Hotel Taunton, Somerset