Perhaps I expected too much of this for the price and the "plus" suggestion. Arrived late, after eleven pm, hauled bag to room at furthest end of hotel and discovered it was like a sauna. Was dependent upon the air conditioning unit, which i couldnt make work. Schlepped back to reception, as no one answered the phone from the room. Much dinging of bell presumably hauled the poor receptionist out of bed. As he was much taller than me the a/c unit worked first time for him... but having got room cooler, i wasnt able to turn the thing off - blame the tiredness and no way of identifying which button did what on the remote for those of ageing eyesight .
Next morning woken at 5 am by dracula- killing blast of light to eyeballs. There was a small skylight, un noticed in the dark five hours earlier, half the shade not pulled across. That explained what i had thought was a left- behind crutch discreetly placed behind the bathroom door as well as the 100 degree heat. Clearly previous guests had savaged the shade with this pole, as it showed many signs of damage and needs replacing asap. The morning light also revealed that what i had thought to be a blind across the " normal" windows was actually a brick wall. You get two feet of low window to show your feet to the platform below, as its right over the train tracks.
I never did find the remote control to the t.v. but this was not a loss, as downstairs my friend had a remote which never got the t.v to work. Discovered two safes when remote- hunting, maybe thats another mark of plus-ness. Wine x 2 small bottles presumably destroyed by the heat as the white we tried - why on earth south african, in Belgium(!) was vinegar.
Decor throughout stuck in the eighties, wish i had enough charge in the camera to share the view of the dimly lit upstairs corridor punctuated by many, many pointless console tables and chairs with mirrors above. Who could do their make up in that light, i asked myself rhetorically, not that you would linger up there, too spooky. The stuff on the tables was clearly too obviously tat to ever get stolen.
Not only no decaffeinated coffee but the waiting staff couldnt "get" the difference between this and de- caff tea when i asked for it. She did go looking, but drew a blank after her search. For me, this is an aggravating health/ allergy issue as caffeine makes me ill. Its not me trying to test out waitresses on a whim. Drank water.
Best bit about the night was the comfy bed. My friend on the ground floor confirmed my own impression of the shower cubicles - there was no way to wash fully in there without applying a part of your anatomy to the back of the shower screen, and if you expect american style power jets, forget that idea. Too small for a size eight person as well as a size sixteen person. First time i have ever failed to find a bar of soap too, but it was nice to see a face cloth provided.
I know i was tired and a lot of this is going to sound like little petulant niggles - but these niggles were enough to put me off returning to this hotel on my next trip in a week or so time. Sorry. less