Not sure about this one...!
09/01/2018 AvrilNanton, London
We stayed at this hotel over the 2017 Christmas period from 24 - 27 Dec. When we arrived (Christmas Eve) the disabled alarm bell was going off and the poor member of staff (there were only 2 members o... more
We stayed at this hotel over the 2017 Christmas period from 24 - 27 Dec. When we arrived (Christmas Eve) the disabled alarm bell was going off and the poor member of staff (there were only 2 members of staff on duty that night!) was frantically trying to deal with that and the incoming guests (more people arrived as we waited for the problem to be sorted). Eventually we were given a room but as soon as we entered it, we didn't like it and so asked for another room which was bigger, which we were given. The new room, 207, was upstairs (there's no lift that we could see) and we were informed that it was one of their "newly refurbished" rooms so we thought it would be great to stay in there. It was only slightly bigger than the other room but we decided to accept it.
Issues with the room: THE BATHROOM: the shower was just a dribble and not at all hot, the water was very cool even on the hottest temp; the bathroom door where the handle was there was a gap between the handle and the door that you could see right through from one room to the other, they clearly hadn't filled the gap properly; the plastic glasses that we were given, one of them was broken and didn't hold water (we didn't find this out until we were brushing our teeth and about to take our tablets!); there was only one bath towel in the bathroom, we found the other one in the wardrobe in the bedroom! The toilet roll holder fell off the wall at least twice whilst we were there and my husband fixed it back on but it needs looking at.
BEDROOM: All looked well at first but it wasn't long before we wanted to recharge our mobile phones only to find that there was only one plug in the room and it was in a very awkward and difficult place to get to. It was under the desk, in fact behind the desk. So we had to move the desk and go under it to get to the plug. Not nice and certainly not customer friendly. The desk cannot be used to sit at as you cannot get your knees under the desk whether you use the piano stool provided or the only other chair in the room. There is a very large mirror on the desk which gets in the way of using the desk to place your own items on and we had to manipulate and manhandle the mirror in order to create space on the desk. The room was dusty in various parts where dusting should have been carried out (e.g. the top of the bed). The wardrobe in the room was very large and when we opened it the door swung open and started to fall off its hinges. All the hinges were very poorly installed and throughout our stay the wardrobe doors would intermittently open. The magnetic holder inside was broken too which didn't help. The hangers were a disgrace. There were plastic flowers in the room which were awful. I don't know why these were there as they were not needed and a total waste of time. The floor boards creaked a lot especially by the window side of the bed and between the bathroom and bedroom. There were a few other silly things wrong with the room not worth mentioning however the hotel has to look at it's safety advice on the back of the door. The room map shows that you turn right when you leave the room in the event of a fire but when you leave the room the door on the LEFT says its a fire exit and as this is the nearest fire exit then you should be using that as an escape route.
Before I left the hotel I gave them a long list of my complaints and the things I found wrong with the room but to date have not heard from them about it.
THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS HOTEL: the staff were very nice and friendly during our stay - we can't fault them. The food was also good. We had breakfast and Christmas dinner (which was very nice and filling). Great car parking facility, easy to get in and out.
If you are staying in this hotel it's about 15 minutes away from Ipswich. less
Claydon I, Manager at Best Western Claydon Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for completing the customer survey regarding your recent stay at our property.
Your business is very important to us and we value your feedback, by telling us what you liked or disliked about your stay and how we can improve; you are helping us deliver a superior experience for you and other guests in the future.
We have been made aware adjustment to the room where necessary and have since been completed, although we still have on going renovation in process. I hope after our brief conversation by phone last week my apology had been accepted by you.
If I can be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me, we hope you will come back and try us again at a later date, many thanks.