Mini hotel with maxi mini bar
02/07/2015 Tony_and_Teodora, Satu Mare, Romania
This hotel is TINY & nondescript from the outside. We almost passed it up! And there is no parking available in the narrow street. We had to pull into a nearby drive way and carry our luggage to the h... more
This hotel is TINY & nondescript from the outside. We almost passed it up! And there is no parking available in the narrow street. We had to pull into a nearby drive way and carry our luggage to the hotel down the block. Also there are steps to the front door not even a ramp!
The small lobby is nicely decorated and we were greeted in a friendly fashion by the female attendant the reception desk. She did speak English which was a welcomed relief after 7 hour drive from Romania.
Unfortunately that was the high light of our stay. The elevator although indicating it was suitable for four people was TINY!! So tiny that we had to take our luggage upstairs in 2 trips!!! My wife went first with carry-on then I followed with suitcase (something re-experienced when we left) . As I exited the elevator I found my wife outside in the narrow hallway with the luggage. Seemed that a group from another room had come out and because the hallway was so narrow there was a log jam!!! We shifted to the side to allow the party to squeeze by!
The room was adequate but small. The first thing that hit us was the dirty stained carpet. Also the TV was small. The bathroom was dimly lit which made it impossible for my wife to put her make up on or for me to shave (I discovered once outside that I had missed spots on my face.
Despite their stating that the front desk can convert currency that turned out not to be the case. In fact when we asked the clerk (same one from when we arrived) not only did she say that was unavailable but didn't know where a nearby ATM machine was! She only directed us to "some where in the district". We had to roam the neighborhood until we stumbled upon one accidentally about 4 blocks away.
The following morning we went downstairs for breakfast (which was to be included in the price) only find out that buffet/self serve breakfast was being made available in the LOBBY!!!! The very same small lobby!!! 3 tables were designated in the corner of the lobby as the breakfast area!! We took one glance and decided no way!
Also the hotel's "bar" was a small space to the right side of the reception counter! It was as if someone put some bottles on the nearby shelf and as an after thought decided to call it "the bar'!
We had selected this hotel because of the Best Western brand but unfortunately not only will not stay there again but cannot recommend it. The only benefit we found was the location! less