We booked a one night stay at the Unicorn whilst visiting family nearby. It's part of the Marstons Inn chain and so is a pub/restaurant with rooms above. The location is nice as it is right by the river with plenty of parking to the front and rear though it was busy when we arrived on a sunny Saturday. Check in was with cheerful staff and we were allowed to put our luggage in the room even though we arrived a little bit early and the room wasn't ready.
After changing we popped into the pub for a quick pint before attending the family event. The pub and restaurant seem to be popular with the locals and as mentioned was quite busy with a lot of diners and families enjoying the open spaces outside.
On returning to the hotel in the evening ( though having a nightmare getting a taxi from Bingham to Gunthorpe. ) the room was clean and tidy and of a decent size. The furniture was a bit tired being 70's stained pine but everything was serviceable with plenty of storage. Fluffy towels and tea /coffee making facilities were supplied.
Being an old building and on the river does have a bit of a drawback as we spent the first part of the evening getting rid of many spiders hanging around the ceiling and a lot of insects flying around. You can't prevent insects getting in if it is a hot day and the window is open but the spider webs looked like they had been there a while so maybe the vacuum cleaner needs to be put around the ceiling and walls as well as the floor.
It was also a little noisy at the front on Sunday morning as people were meeting up with friends in the car park opposite to go off somewhere for the day. It is popular so be aware.
Breakfast in the morning was a decent selection of juices and cereals and a choice of hot food. We returned a couple of hard fried eggs with no problem and received freshly cooked ones as soon as they could do them.
Overall it was a good stay a with a comfy bed, good location and not bad value for the money.
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