It is not the hotel which is terrible but the area. On the first night a armed police officer got mugged right outside the hotel. It was a pain that the lifts kept breaking down. At least i got fit using the stairs. The area is full at night of drug addicts and the hotel has two sex cinemas on each side of it. To get to the hotel to have to go pass people trying to sell you hard core gay sex magazines. The park opposite has a more than 20 people sleeping rough with people sleeping also sleeping on the sidewalk. The bank stand sleeps about 5-8 people. The smell of raw sewage coming from the homeless people nearly knocks you out. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful but did not speak much English. You do feel safe one in in he hotel as they have lots of staff on the entrance to look after you. My room was fine a but tired but it was large and clean and a comfortable bed. The air con had only one setting on or off. My colleague had a standard room which was not nice. It was small and you could not open the window as it had a metal shutter on not sure why?The staff warned us how dangerous the area could be and not to wear rings, expensive items, carry lap tops etc It is 100% DANGEROUS to go out side late at night. During the day the area is very busy so it is safe to go out but there is still lots of street crime. There are groups of police officers in groups of 4 every where during the day but at night you are on your own. The food was excellent at breakfast. On Sunday there was a street market opposite in the square which was great with some fantastic local art and pictures on display and food stands with great tasting freshly made food. The lifts kept breaking down and being in a lift full of people with the lights going out was not fun. We were booked for whole week but could only stick it for three days and moved hotel to a nicer area even though we had prepaid for the room. If you want to stay here just be very careful.
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