Left feeling.. dirty..
My partner and I stayed here as a stop off overnight breaking up our journey further up North, but a part of us wishes we hadn't bothered stopping and just continued the journey!
Upon arrival we entered the reception area and made our way up to an empty front desk where we were stood waiting for roughly around 10 minutes with no way of alerting any staff. The only other way (which we were very close to doing) that we could think of to summon someone to check us in was to ring the hotel phone number. Fortunately, two people appeared but with no apology, but nonetheless we were eventually checked in and on our way to our room.
At the time of writing this, the lift was currently out of use, so keep that in mind if you are unable to use stairs and require wheelchair access. Also unless I missed it, I believe the front entrance has no ramp, only steps.
After a long journey we were both looking forward to having a hot bath to freshen ourselves up, but we decided against this as.. well, you can see for yourself in one of the photo's I've attached. There was some sort of stubborn mystery stain, which we weren't sure what it was, so decided against using the bath/shower at all. As well as the dirty bath, the room itself could have done with a bit of a facelift as wallpaper was damaged and hanging off the wall. I assume there must have been a damp issue too as wallpaper was lifting from the wall, unless there was a previous leak through the ceiling above? Not quite sure.
But that leads me on to my next point - the room was single glazed, which as you can imagine at the beginning of February, was absolutely freezing. It got so bad we had to request an extra heater - think it was actually warmer outside than inside! Can't say the bed was that comfortable either, woke up feeling like I had gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson.
Aside from the negatives though, there is one positive - the location. It's a stones throw from the town centre. We initially planned to have the £9.99 buffet breakfast at the hotel, but decided against it as we just wanted to get on our way the following day - which upon checkout, we weren't even asked how our stay was. I'm not sure of the quality of the breakfast, but as soon as we left, we entered the town and had a brunch elsewhere. The variety and choice of pubs, restaurants and cafe's is good so that was a bonus for us.
If you can put up with the many negatives for the bonus of the good location, by all means stay here, but personally I would look to stay elsewhere. Oh and you have to pay extra for parking too, I think around £6 a night, so there's that to consider as well. less