My husband and I booked in at Naughty Nells for one night. The worst bit has to be the breakfast - skip to the end of the review! We telephoned on the way to ask what time we could check in. Arriving just after 5.00pm,(the earliest time we were told), we found the place locked up - we were "greeted" I shall use the term loosely...by a lady with limited English (could have been Spanish). The place is certainly querky and full of character; our room was at the top of the tudor building, various corridors and staircases en-route with precarious cotton rugs covering worn carpets on the stairs. Our room had a beam which was 5ft low, which split the room in half. It was called the Teddy Bear Room - various teddies being painted on to the walls. The single beds were very creaky and the linen was yellowed and damp smelling. We had 1 bath and 2 hand towels, when I asked for another towel I was given a bath mat..... female Manuel said "ve is leow in ze toowls, zis is all ve has". Loo had a 28" pitch (I know that from husband and long haul travel). No swinging of cats in shower either.
The sound-proofing to the next door was non-existent - we could hear the occupant breathe not even snore. The windows were very old,low,draughty and single glazed so traffic noise could be heard all night - together with the church bell every half hour. The "Mongolian Buffet" was on offer downstairs which was probably very attractive if you were Mongolian, one look at the dirt on the kitchen floor would have put off the most hardy Mongolian though.......
We dined at the wine bar next door (Oddfellows)which was absolutely great in all respects. We thought we would risk a nightcap at "Naughties" before bed - there is a vast bar/disco downstairs with ultra violet lighting from the 80's - we were the only people in the room. Sleep was predictably ellusive but not helped in the knowledge that our main route downstairs was LOCKED OFF at night and our only means of exit was via an outside fire escape....this route was given to us verbally I did not see any written notice in the room. I am pretty sure that us two plus the person breathing next door were the only people in the place overnight.
Now for the real fun and games!!! My husband was in a golf tournament and no breakfast was available at 7.15 so he unfortunately missed it.... I went into the appointed room at 8.15. On a low table there was a kettle and toaster. Bread (2 slices of white) in a basket - not bad if there had been a knife or a plate.... Another basket had sugar sachets and tea. No coffee. 5 individual packets of cereal were on offer ok if there had been bowls or spoons.....no fruit juice or yoghurts . A ramekin of open and dubious looking splodge of yellow spread. One individual raspberry jam if you wanted to suck it out. One opened carton of UHT milk. Oh and a couple of cups and tea spoons. If I had been tempted into eating I had a choice of two settees or a writing desk with one chair to sit at. The place was absolutely deserted - but open with lights on downstairs - I really think if there was anyone "on duty" they were hiding. With no appetite I looked at the comments in the visitors book.....the last one (a few weeks prior) started with "This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in...." And it WAS STILL IN THE BOOK TO READ!!!!! - obviously a problem with the room next to ours (Jacuzzi suite) as the Jac was reported by lots of guests as not working for months (thank goodness for that - the breathing was loud enough).
It was £55.00 for the night, we could only laugh. This type of accommodation would really appeal to foreign tourists as it is so steeped in history - please do not be tempted to book it ! Go to a travel lodge and do Stratford instead.
- Also Known As:
- Naughty Nell`s Hotel Shifnal
- Naughty Nells Shifnal
- Naughty Nells Hotel Shifnal
- Naughty Nell's Shropshire, UK - Shifnal