I must admit that I do tend to find Ibis a good budget change. Carlisle is no exception.
VALUE: The value is excellent and the new breakfast range (unlimited hot & cold buffet) is good although, like a good many other hotels, the scrambled egg tends to be a little rubbery.
BEDROOMS: The beds are very comfortable and clean although the bathroom (Tardis) takes a little getting used to and any noise is amplified...
STAFF: They are very thoughtful. We were travelling to the Commonwealth Games and so they gave us quiet rooms since they knew we'd have long days (without us having to ask). When we looked for something at breakfast they would ask what we wanted (again without us having to ask) and would deal with our request straight away.
NIGGLES: We didn't have any shampoo dispenser in our bathroom (others did), the maid removed all of our used soaps on Day 2 but didn't replace them with new ones and the bedroom carpets look very stained, although I think that this has more to do with the pattern (or maybe it attracts stains).
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW:
CAR PARK: Parking can be a little difficult to locate. It is free (as long as you log on to a screen on a daily basis) but you have to pay if you stay there after 11:00 am although, of course, you don't have to check out until noon.
BREAKFAST AREA: People walk through this area, to reach the car park, whilst you are eating. The layout is very efficient for staffing but takes a little getting used to.
LITTLE THINGS: There are no milk jugs so you need to use a cup to obtain milk for tea at breakfast.
BINS: There's only 1 bin in the bedroom (in the bathroom).
TOWELS: Only 1 towel supplied per person i.e. no hand towels.
SUMMARY: Yes I'd use this hotel again and I'd certainly use the chain again but maybe I'd ask for shampoo and replacement soap next time if I wasn't so tired.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Carlisle hotel is located in the centre of the city, 200 m from the main railway station and not far from Lanes Shopping Centre. Carlisle Cathedral and the Castle are just a few minutes walk from the hotel. Book one of our 102 air cooling rooms and benefit from use of our hotel amenities, including chargeable outdoor parking, a bar serving light meals and snacks 24 hours 7 days as well as wireless Internet access to cater for business guests. Europcar rental services are available at the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Carlisle Hotel Carlisle
- Accor Carlisle
- Ibis Carlisle Cumbria