Ups and downs with this place. Either you'll see it as being 'characterful and quirky' or you'll think the place could do with a makeover. (You have to embrace the feeling that you're in a journalist in a John Le Carre or Graham Greene novel to enjoy it. If you're after a luxury stay, best to go elsewhere...)
Bags of character if you don't mind missing out on a few home comforts. My room was big and had a lovely old rocking chair. But the rooms are so dark. I mean there's 'atmosphere lighting' dark, and then there's 'I've dropped a sock and now I can't find it again' dark.
There's no TV, the phone isn't wireless, so you have to sit on the bed to use it. And my air conditioning broke in 30 degree heat. The handle of the hairdryer was so dirty I didn't want to touch it.
Out of four front desk staff I met, three were great and one was dreadful. Surly to the point of rudeness. I was prepared to be outraged, but then the other staff were much better.
The complimentary breakfast gives you four options, but I generally just paid for the main menu breakfast. However it was not a friendly menu for those trying to eat healthily - the only option with any fruit at all was a 'citrus cup' with orange and grapefruit segments. No option to have any fruit with the granola and yoghurt. Everything else was eggs. Also there is discrimination against tea-drinkers! Servers are strolling around topping up coffee mugs throuhout the breakfast sitting, whereas tea is served in a tiny pot the size of a thimble. Honestly - it isn't enough to fill up the mug fully.
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