First this not a typical hotel - more a very lively wine bar/ restaurant with bedrooms. It is very conveniently situated for the car park and other bars and restaurants but Market Square is difficult to find if you have luggage to unload - drive up Cross and Pillory Lane to the Square.
Our room was very pleasant with quirky decor and retro furniture Granny would have thrown away. 3 huge sash windows which could all be opened wide and a super bathroom modern with excellent powerful shower. Nice big bed - 2 singles put together.
However ..... As mentioned no mattress protectors- why not? Mattresses were past their best, one very squeaky. There was a large lobby between the bedroom and bathroom which had a motion sensor bright light which took ages to turn off - no chance of going to the loo without disturbing your partner and the window there had no curtain, blind or privacy film - very entertaining for anyone in the beer garden! The only place to hang clothes were 4 hooks on the wall - no hangers provided. I don't understand why - plenty of room for a hanging rail or wardrobe. Little niggles which could be easily sorted out. Also a shame about the pair of pants left behind the bathroom door!
I knew it would be noisy so had asked for a room at the back but this overlooked the beer garden / smoking area. There was also loud music playing but everything did quieten down after midnight and I brought ear plugs. It wouldn't suit anyone who wanted peace and quiet and going to bed early, but great for a young hipster couple.
Breakfast was good but served strangely very late on Sat and Sun, however we were able to arrange for it early on the day we needed to be out early.
Overall an interesting stay but it would'nt suit everyone.
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