During our David Urquhart 5 day visit to North Wales, the coach group stayed at the two star rated Westminster Hotel, Rhyl, which was built in 1878 situated on the esplanade. The hotel has a 5 star food hygiene certificate.
Upon entering the refurbished building, evidence of its age was obvious with maroon and white chipped paintwork and dirty carpets, especially on the steep stairs and in the corridors of the three storeys. The lift was restricted to only four people or one wheelchair and carer.
The floor areas of the bedrooms have been reduced by the addition of an en-suite room with shower over the bath, basin and toilet. Room 43 where we stayed was adequate for the purpose of sleeping overnight. The double bed was comfortable with clean sheets and pillowcases, and towels and soap was provided. There was mould on the grouting above the bath and the vinyl flooring was sticky. Housekeeping staff checked it every day in our absence.
As mentioned by someone else, the sash windows had been painted many times and were sealed shut, but one had been forced open and the paint was peeling off. There was a notice requesting that they should not be left fully opened for gulls and pigeons had sometimes entered the rooms.
Unusually, there were bedrooms rooms provided for people who needed to smoke, and a penalty of £75 and instant dismissal for any person found smoking in any other bedroom. A small flat screen television fixed to the wall is provided, but due to transmitter updates, BBC programme reception was very poor or non-existent.
For breakfast (included in the cost of the room for stays three days or more), there was a choice of fruit juice, and cereals before a cooked English breakfast – fried/poached/scrambled egg with one rasher of bacon, a fried pork sausage and a half fried tomato – accompanied by toast and tea or coffee.
Evening dinner consisted of a variable choice of ‘starters’. There was a choice of a main course, examples of which included breast of chicken in white wine sauce, local butchers sausage casserole, beef lasagne, tomato pasta bake, cheese or tuna salad, two slices of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, breaded plaice, cauliflower cheese.
I noted that the regular sized sausages served for breakfast were similar to those in the casserole and looked as if they had been made in a factory and not in a butcher’s shop! The beef lasagne I got had a sprinkling of mince, but the chef did not hesitate to replace it with a better slice. I noticed that there was some food left on the plates by diners, probably because of the generous portions provided and I heard only a few comments about badly cooked food. The staff who served at the tables were friendly and helpful, as were those at the reception.
A repertoire of songs from the 50’s to more modern times was given by entertainers ‘karaoke’ style during the evenings with an invitation to join in - and thankfully no Bingo.
Plenty of shops nearby and the bus and train station are a ten minute walk from the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
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