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“Don't stay here if you have OCD”

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Southmead Guest House
Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Llanelli
Lancashire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't stay here if you have OCD”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

This place is crazy! I stayed here with 7 other people while working in llanelli. We stayed there for about 7 weeks in total. There was never a dull moment.... After staying there so long, nothing suprised us. Everyday something ridiculous happened. I have too many things to list. All you have to do is read the other comments. But be aware the things other people are saying in their comments, are not one off occurrences. They happen most days. I will make a list of do's and donts, and things to take, if you wish to stay there.
Take a pair of flip flops for when you shower.
Take a towel.
Take a sleeping bag and pillow.
Avoid the chefs succulent sauce. Maybe avoid all eating activities.
If you need wifi say so when you are booking, only 3 rooms can get a signal.
Avoid touching any fixtures or fittings, There is a high chance you will break something .
Don't take your partner for a romantic weekend.
At south mead nothing seems to match or fit together. The guys that run it are very unusual people, but they are harmless. It is hard to fathom out the set up. As well as the unusual staff. There seems to be some very colourful characters stay there. Which made things even more interesting. It's a Mecca for societies misfits. I met all kinds of people there, most of which were completely eccentric.
If you have a good sense of humour and don't have OCD you will be fine. Me and a friend shared a room there. We cried with intense laughter every night. I often cried myself to sleep with laughter! As I said earlier, there was never a dull moment. I still laugh now at some of the things that happened at south mead.
All in all i enjoyed my time at south mead. Purely for the comedy factor. But everything else is pretty grim.

  • Stayed November 2013
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

I booked a room via laterooms.com at 1900 in the evening 15/10/13 as it was the cheapest in the area and my night away from home was unexpected. Andrew was very helpful when I arrived and although i'd booked a single room he upgraded my room for no extra charge as the new room was vacant anyway. The decor was a bit tired and dated but everything was clean, tea making facilities in the room were most welcome after a very long and tiring day and the shower and toilet were very clean. Breakfast was as much tea,toast and cereal as you wanted and a full English breakfast which was very tasty, as all this was included in the price you couldn't go wrong. I cannot understand people who go to a cheap B&B and expect Ritz standards, you want posh accommodation pay posh prices, I thought it was excellent value for the money.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

booked 3 nights - had to call and bang on doors for 40 minutes -eventually some people turned up and said they thought the chef should have been there-the kindest thing i could say about the decor is "tired"but the worst problem was the lack of basic hygene the- rooms were filthy stunk of stale cigarette smoke, bathroom light didnt work, tv did not work .It was only habitable after buying cleaning cloths and bleach(and Febreeze) and cleaning it ourselves. really dreadful you have been warned !

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

We had to laugh during our stay at Southmead Guesthouse. We arrived and it was like being transported back in time to the 1950s, when the place seemed to have last been decorated. The people were friendly and tried hard to make us feel welcome but the overall vibe was not good.

The rooms were shabby (not in a chic way) and dusty, the carpet looked like it hadn't had a good clean in a long time.

The shower room was tiny, you had to edge into the shower around the basin as there wasn't much room and the water pressure was a dribble. We booked a double but there were 3 beds in our room and some random mismatched furniture and the mattresses were really lumpy. The TV was retro tiny and we didn't manage to watch anything. The towels had a really weird smell to them as well.

On a positive - tea and coffee were provided... other than that I can't think of any positives.

We were so pleased to get home.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

Hi,

stayed there a few nights on a business trip...the owner tried to be friendly, but had probably not had a shower in a week, a strong smell came over. The whole BnB is quite old, worn out matresses, old carpets, all a bit grimy.
Breakfast isn´t too much, not really tasty.
They seem to have a few permanents as well, which is a bit of a strange clientele.
TVs in the rooms had their hayday in the beginning of the 90´s ...

Don´t go there if you can!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

stayed 4 nights 3 in room 9 afamily room 1 night in room 8 single .lets start with 9 sink lose in bathroom shower hardly worked dirty mastic everywhere needs a makeover TV long time since i saw one like that must be 10 years ago fitting worn out carpet well cant discrib it realy .room 8 same but add a strip lite with cracked plastic cover in roof impossible to shut shower door big different coloured ring in carpet in front of toilet ? pipes borded in round room falling apart paint missing.now to breakfast say 700 start bown every morn for 700 be prepaird to eat at 7 30 or later must say worth waiting for .and last the security code to get outside door poen changes every day dont forget it you may get locked IN

Room Tip: dont bother
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Perth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

My friend and I were embarking on a charity Walkathon and so needed a place close to the bay. Oh dear, what a shock on arrival. There were a group of men sitting on the wall at the entrance, smoking and drinking cans of something (we thought we'd come to the wrong place!). When the front door was opened, the owner appeared somewhat unkempt with his shirt hanging our of his trousers! He did not seem very interested in our arrival as guests.
Our room was not very inviting. The decor was tired and seemed like a lick of paint was in need. But most off-putting was the toilet: it had NOT been cleaned properly. Horrible vision. The shower felt unclean and was minute in size. The whole room felt like it wasn't very clean. The beds however were fine.
Breakfast was beyond a joke. We are both vegetarians and there was very little offered that appealed to me. There was NO brown bread even. There was no herb tea - the packet was on the shelf, but it was empty!
On talking to Andrew, the manager I quickly realised that Llanelli is struggling economically with the recession hitting hard (few jobs about) and it seems everybody in the town are very depressed and find life a real struggle. I felt sorry for him when we left the place.

Room Tip: Ground floor room had view of car park, behind the net curtains. Not good.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Nina B
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Property: Southmead Guest House
Address: 72 Queen Victoria Road, Llanelli SA15 2TH, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Carmarthenshire > Llanelli
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Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Llanelli
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Hotel Class:2 star — Southmead Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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