Hotels in Leamington are hard to come by, especially the night I wanted one. I ended up at the Falstaff and after reading the reviews on here I had quite low expectations.
My expectations were met.
For £95 for a single room, I would expect more.
Firstly, I was greeted by an empty reception desk. I had to wait 5 minutes before someone appeared to check me in. Whilst waiting, I looked around reception which was tired.
I was given the key to room 8 on the first floor. The single room was clean but again, the room was dated, with furniture from the 80's and decor to match.
I went into the bathroom and discovered something a bit odd - the ballcock for the toilet was in the sink, and the toilet cistern was all open. Obviously someone had started to repair the toilet but never finished it. I put it back together in a fashion so I could at least use the loo but it didn't work quite right. They simply hadn't checked the room before letting it out.
Yes, I could have mentioned it to reception to get them to fix it but I was in a rush and wanted to use the bathroom and didn't want some bloke fiddling around in my room whilst I was trying to relax.
Whilst sticking with the bathroom, the shower was poor pressure which I struggled with, the toilet took 10 minutes to fill up, and there were no toiletries or even soap for the sink.
When I returned to my room after dark, I discovered there was a huge whopping floodlight, lighting up the side of the building shining right into my room. A bit like daytime at night time. I always travel with a eye mask so wasn't a problem for me but not good for others guests.
On the upside, I had a good nights sleep and the breakfast the next morning was good and the staff seemed friendly enough.
On balance, I wanted somewhere in central Leamington and this is the only room I could find on offer. For £95, I could have stayed at much nicer hotels a couple of miles out but I wanted to be within walking distance. Had that have not been the case then I would have stayed elsewhere.
Would I stay again? Maybe, but only if there was nothing else available again! It simply didn't represent good value for money. less