Attending the Remembrance Day Parade on 12th November and then staying on to see friends and relatives, I know that Best Western hotels have a good standard and so I booked here for my 3 night stay. It's central to most things, a few minutes drive or a 10 minute walk to the Marina, a large shopping centre opposite and, if you don't fancy driving or walking, there are bus stops right outside.
Being on my own, I was concerned about booking a single room as they are usually no more than closets, right next to the lift shaft or overlooking the dustbins which are emptied at silly o'clock, but I needn't have worried. Perhaps it's because the hotel is a Victorian building rather than a modern box, while obviously a single room, it was large enough for me, in the centre of a row and far enough away from the lift that it didn't bother me. The room had all that I needed - a very comfortable bed, an easy chair, rather than a dining chair which a lot of rooms have, and an en-suite with a shower cubicle for a normal sized person rather than a stick insect! Toiletries, coffee, tea and biscuits replenished daily, as were the towels. There was a dressing/writing table and a proper wardrobe rather than a covered rail. The breakfast was what was expoected of a Best Western, with cereal, porridge, fresh (as opposed to tinned) fruit,, croissants and pastries, cold meats and a cooked breakfast if you wanted one. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable about the town and it's history and, if the manager of the hotel is reading this, then Karen, who served me breakfast every day deserves more pay than she is getting. Her cheery smile and very pleasant disposition made even the coldest blustery day, and there were a few of them, seem brighter. I couldn't afford to stay here when I lived in the town but would definitely stay here again when I come back.
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