First the good bits. The hotel is by the train station so is handy for that and (who I presume is the owner) is chatty and fruendly (even though it seemed she was complaining that the hotel gets busy). So each of those points add up to the 2 rating. Now what isn't so good. It feels a bit like a prison. I'm a grown professional adult but all of the literature feels like it is telling you off. The hotel guide had a complaints policy that hints if you do complain you won't get anywhere with it anyway. Even when it tells ypu to enjoy your stay it seems like an instruction rather than a wish. You have to leave your key every time you go out and collect it when you get back (accompanied by another sign lecturing you on the reason why - health and safety apparently) this made me feel like I couldn't stay out late. When I got back at 10.30 the owners were having drinks and food in the guests lounge and it really seemed like I was disturbing them in their own home when I asked for my key. The decor is very very old fashioned. Far too busy, lots of ornaments and pictures of cats. There are also two cats wondering around the hotel (giving the evil eye). There is a small choice of hot items on the breakfast menu (sausage, bacon, eggs, beans, tomatoes, hash browns etc) but I was told what I would be having (only sausage, bacon, egg and beans apparently). There is no other hot option. The only other items available are cereal and toast. The bathroom decor seems to be the worst of the 1970's. The bathroom is large and could easily accommodate at nice bit luxurious bath but it has a small cheap one instead. In the bedroom the base sheet on the bed was dirty where the sheet meets the floor. All in all not a great hotel. It's a shame there are very few hotels to choose from in Workington. A travelodge or a premier inn charging about 60-70 quid a night B&B would make a killing. This hotel in most other towns woupd be vastly overpriced. It really isn't worth 80 quid. I'm having to spend a fair bit of time in workington and really hope I don't have to stay in this hotel again.
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