All because of the Rugby World Cup!
04/10/2015 Janet H, North Wales, United Kingdom
This hotel was not one of my choosing but was found by my company's hotel booking firm when I gave up on finding anywhere near my work location due to the Rugby World Cup. I had never visited this ar... more
This hotel was not one of my choosing but was found by my company's hotel booking firm when I gave up on finding anywhere near my work location due to the Rugby World Cup. I had never visited this area before and it was a good half hours' travel each day to my project location.
On arrival I was as I imagine many people are, rather unsure about the outside appearance of the building. It is somewhat dated and tired looking and not entirely in keeping with the location. However, once you are in through the doors it takes on a whole different feel. Pretty much what I would expect of a 3-4 star hotel - pleasant and reasonably comfortable. Reception book-in was welcoming and friendly - they even know how long I was staying (not many people stay for 9 nights I don't imagine!).
Room again, pretty standard 3 star accommodation. Double bed, desk/dressing table, bedside cabinet, two tub chairs and circular coffee table and open wardrobe and shelving for clothes. Bathroom very standard - small but big enough, bath, over-bath shower, WV and wash hand basin. Clean towels etc.
There is a hairdryer in the room and tea and coffee making facilities including a teapot.
Bed linen white, clean and soft. Bed fairly firm and comfortable.
I had a problem with the room being too hot when I got back in the evenings due to it facing the sun and the window being closed by staff during the day. It has however now cooled down a bit and if I really wanted to I could borrow a fan from reception.
Breakfast during the week is from 7.00 am and I needed to leave before 7.00 am. This was not a problem, I was able to go at 6.30 am for continental breakfast. The breakfast provision is very good with something for everyone.
Have had three meals in the bar and the food is fine. Not home made fayre but very hot and plenty of it. Bar and waiting on service not the best I have experienced but everyone is polite and pleasant.
Despite my trepidation when arriving, the place is 'growing on me' and I think I would stay here again if I was working in this area. It is nice to be able to cross the road and be on the lengthy promenade for some fresh air and there are a few good places to eat within a stones throw as well.
The swimming pool is OK. It is showing its age and is not tiled so looks a bit grotty in places but it is cleaned every morning and I was able to swim my lengths and have a good shower afterwards in the very small but adequate changing rooms. less