I had a single 'standard' room which had a shared bathroom and a shared toilet. My welcome was very friendly. Lots of verbal, demo and written instruction on entry/exit door security routine which was well intended if somewhat over complicated and which investment in a couple of decent locks would probably solve.
My room was tiny and I could touch both walls with my arms stretched out. Bed was just a mattress placed on top of a built-in low-level chest of drawers (see my photos). One drawer housed an electric heater and a telephone. Carpet had a large yellow stain which could have been either urine or coffee (photo). A big brown wardrobe is provided complete with cobwebs (photo). Shelf above radiator was given over to tea making etc with a black (and dirty) mug provided (photo). No double glazing so you could hear traffic noise at night. One corner of room around the fireplace was roughly painted purple (one coat, so undercoat shows through brush marks). Room did have a built-in sink and a mirror (photo). A small TV was on a very high level shelf just below ceiling. Room carpet and house stairs had not been vacuum cleaned for a while. A dead wasp was mashed into a stair tread.
Bathroom had a yellowing sloping ceiling with mould spores over bath/shower (photo). Shared a bath floor towel with other guests! Separate toilet with joke signs on wall - one saying ‘Instead of cleaning the house, I just turn off the lights’ (photo).
Guests have access to a lounge with tired looking miss-matched furnishings, small TV and a few books etc (photo).
Breakfast - you have to decide the night before what you want and at what time you want it. Breakfast was in the guest dining room - ‘Full English’ was ok.
Their web site says ‘Enjoy our garden, maintained weekly by commercial contractors’. At rear of house is a large open garden laid to lawn surrounded by shrubs. Open lawn to front of house adjacent to car park complete with builders skip feature and an old van on planks (photo).
I got woken up in the middle of night by another guest bouncing something down the stairs which were adjacent to my room.
In the morning as I was going downstairs to check-out, the fire alarm went off. Kitchen was filled with smoke and a worried looking chef. Other guests having breakfast were still sitting in the dining room looking perplexed and wondering what to do. No attempt made by staff to organise an evacuation. However I do think it was only burnt toast or something but who was to know? I left with the alarm bells still ringing...
The photos on their web site look amazing. Hmm!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accommodation in warm, comfortable English style guest house. Close to the train station with easy connection to central London.Close shops and restaurants. Huge garden with fish pond. FREE PARKING. Free WI-FI in all rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rosemead Guest House Esher, Surrey