I think The Atlantic fails or is marginal on just about every aspect that a decent hotel can be reasonably judged upon. I say this without taking into consideration the price of the rooms, but given that I paid £124 a night to stay here, I have to say in terms of value for money this is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in.
The hotel layout is more or less shaped like a square horseshoe with rooms facing both outwards (some here with sea views) and inwards. The inward ones overlook a flat roof. I booked a double room and was given one that was spotless but fairly cramped, and that over-looked the flat roof. The hotel has no air conditioning and a warm August night means opening the windows to sleep. Unfortunately the flat roof is home to a couple of massive fans which were on and off all night making it impossible to sleep-seems that they are the exhaust for the kitchen fridge etc and can't be turned off. Turns out my room was next to the fans and after complaining I was moved the next day further away from the fans but still overlooking the flat roof.
This room was even more 'compact' than the one I had left. The bathroom in particular was significantly smaller; the wc crammed in between the small bath and a radiator making it difficult to conduct the basic functions. Larger customers would have problems here. But more to the point the racket from the fans was still enough to deter proper sleep (I'm not a light sleeper either). I can't think that anyone with an inward facing room (and there are plenty of them), sleeping with an open window, won't be affected by this.
The breakfast was unspectacular and un-imaginative. Decent bacon, poor sausages, little in the way of fresh fruit, microwave your own un-fresh croissant, and a toasting machine that didn't brown the toast and that you weren't allowed to adjust. You'd get better in a decent b&b. It is held in a large room that has no natural light and not much ventilation and is conducted to the hum of another droning fan. You're glad to get the business over with to get some fresh air and light.
It's an austerity breakfast and is in line with a number of other cost saving measures that you wouldn't expect at £124 a night. E.g. low corridor lighting and cheapo toilet roll. No bath towels in either of the rooms I had so it's drying yourself on glorified hand towels after the shower. It's that kind of place.
I'll chuck in the mattresses in both rooms were dreadful (other reviewers have commented on this) and the bar didn't open while 6 and was un-inviting anyway.
Upside; the staff were always pleasant, it's clean, lovely little private garden with great views across the bay, it has a small pool, car park (beware! not enough for all the guests though), and the wifi works.
In the end The Atlantic is mutton dressed as lamb. It's £124 a night because they can get it, not because the hotel warrants it.
There's better value to be had elsewhere...
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