We arrived late on a Friday and were asked if we were part of a wedding party, which we were not and were allocated room 20. Whilst unpacking we glanced out of our bay window and saw the wedding guests on a terrace about 50 yards away which was a relief as we knew that we were above the dining room.
After our unpacking we went off to visit relatives and returned to the hotel at 10p.m. to find a disco blaring out its music in the dining room. So loud was the music the floor of our room was vibrating to the bass notes.
We want to reception and received the usual appologies and were allocated room 6. This room can only be described as the spare. It's the type of room that on a Chistmas Eve, when this room has gone, it's the stable. It was so small, where the other room had large bay window with casements and a sofa and chairs this, had sash windows that wouldn't stay open and just one chair placed under the TV.
The next morning, despite the advertised breakfast being quite extensive, it was apparent that those Wedding guests, who had stayed the night had grazed nearly everything, leaving a few dry sausages and bacon. The scrambled eggs, even with a good stir could not be redeemed. There were no pastries or fruit and very little cereal
The next night's stay was uneventful and the breakfast the following morning was good, with plenty of variety and all the food looked appetising.
We had booked well in advance and secured a rate of £90 per night. Thankfully, we received a £30 discount for both nights but overall, that £60 we did pay was plenty.
The hotel basks in its history but it's interior is drab, especially the reception and bar. The dining room has no charm.
But what finally did for us was the chair lift rising up the staircase. The lift is positioned about 12-15 inches off the bannister. If you are between perfect health and in need of the chair lift, access to the banister, should you need a little support, is so inconvenient that you just cannot steady yourself.
We won't darken those drab doors again. less