Recently stayed here for two nights due to returning to Colchester for my graduation. The entrance to the 'hotel' wasn't very clear and we stumbled across a small bar/dining room that seemed to also be reception. The man on the desk was helpful and promptly showed me, my partner, mum and step dad to our rooms. Up a small steep flight of stairs to a basic locked corridor, squeaky floorboards, and old décor. The rooms seemed pleasant at first glance, until we shut the doors behind us. Very small bathroom that even someone of a size 10 struggled to fit in between the sink and loo. The rooms smelt musty and old, and everything was dusty. The windows let so much air in it sounded like they were wide open rather than shut. The bedding smelt as though it had been slept in and the walls had an odd stain down the side. On exiting the bedroom, the corridor smelt of sewers and the adjacent bedroom to ours had a very loud sound every time they used the shower, sink or bathroom.
Breakfast the next day was interesting, the solo waitress was friendly and helpful wasn't really appropriately dressed for waitressing and had the same on two days running. The basic breakfast came out for two of the four of us 10 minutes before the other two, and had baked beans on the plate, stone cold as if straight out of the tin. She served, filled, took orders and cleaned up on her own, yet never seemed to be in the dining area. The second morning the cook, seemed to serve us. was very loud and was quite stand offish and abrupt with other guests that were also part of my graduation party. I wouldn't really say it was a full English breakfast.
It was a place to get our heads down for two nights, which was quite difficult due to the loud noise from outside and lack of double glazing.
Somewhere to stay for a very important day, but wouldn't stay again.
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