I had been wanting to stay here for a few years. The websites give a nice impression - a non chain, almost-boutique hotel with character and a great name.
The reality, sadly, did not live up to expectation (no pun intended).
The best way I can describe it is this: imagine a spit-and-sawdust type pub with loud music and an assortment of rough and ready looking customers. Then imagine this extended into a hotel.
On arrival you have to walk to the back of the pub to check-in. This is not so much a check-in desk as a check-in cupboard - prahaps an indication of which part of the business is most important to them. We were given keys and directions to our room.
A word of advice - if you choose to stay here, be aware of the stairs and the lack of a lift. The top floor is a long way up, especially when you've had a few and/or when you're hung-over (of course neither of these applied to me ;-) ). Also, if you smoke, the stairs make the smoking area is a long way away.
The room was roomy, but very dated. The double bed was two singles pushed together. The matresses good, but not great. The big problem for us was cleanliness, or lack of. It was very dusty. From the top of the TV to the top of the lampshades the impression was of dust.
The en-suite bathroom room was not good either. Used soap in the soap tray for the bath. Used soap! And - it had a short-and-curly on it. The bath was dirty and had to be washed out before use. Some parts of the bath sealing were discoloured and mouldy. The shower head wouldn't stay in the shower head holder. And the loo seat didn't fit the bowl. The fact that water temperature and pressure were excellent doesn't really make up for the lack of cleanliness and poor fittings.
The hotel's WiFi worked well for emails, but couldn't stream YouTube videos on my phone.
The music in the bar went on quite late - mid-night if I recall correctly, but this wasn't a problem to me, just mentioning it should it matter to you.
Our plan was to have our evening meal there. However, there was a distinct lack of choice on the menu and what was on the menu was expensive. As an indication of the standard of food offered, Cheesy chips were highlighted in large letters on the menu. We ate elsewhere.
Breakfast was fine. Standard full-English: sausage, egg, beans, bacon, hash brown and toast. Boxes of cereal, tea, coffee, juices.
Check-out was simple and straightforward.
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