I have rated this hotel 'excellent' in a previous review, and I was just as happy with it in several subsequent visits. But this time, immediately on opening the door of my room I was met by an overwhelming stench of tobacco smoke. Not just the smell of tobacco - a really heavy, sour smell which hit one in the face. Maybe it was the only room left vacant (I was quite late checking in), but no attempt seemed to have been made to ventilate the room or to treat it with a spray to neutralise the nauseating odour. I opened the window and turned the ventilation fan to 'max', with little effect.
Why didn't I return to Reception and ask for the room to be changed? I had just driven 600 miles and just wanted to flop (isn't that exactly what this sort of hotel is for?), and didn't have the energy to return downstairs and try to find someone to have a row with. In the morning, Reception was busy with the usual cluster of hikers wanting local information, and I needed to hit the road again. I was very glad to leave.
Moral? Check in early. Or try the adjoining Ace Hotel next time.
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