Business trip with colleague
19/10/2016 garthpool_10, Faringdon, United Kingdom
Stunning building with great sweeping staircase and stained glass windows. As has previously been pointed out, if you have mobility issues or indeed are carrying lots of bags or have small children, m... more
Stunning building with great sweeping staircase and stained glass windows. As has previously been pointed out, if you have mobility issues or indeed are carrying lots of bags or have small children, make sure you check where you'll be in the hotel as it has a very eccentric layout with a relatively new extension built on the side of the original building. I got lost several times; you drag your bag up a flight of stairs and along a corridor and then have to go down a flight...
Check in was poor. Handed a piece of paper with a wifi code on it which I then lost (my fault). Walked all the way to room to find key card didn't work. Came all the way back and got another. No phone signal in room. No one answered the phone in reception to get the wifi code.
Met colleague in the bar which was lit up like an operating theatre. TV blaring away with Capital Radio so not exactly a relaxing ambience. Young lad behind the counter was doing drinks for the dining room as well as bar which was quite busy itself so service was extremely slow.
Ate in the dining room which had an excellent bottle of red and two very good steaks. Young waiter very attentive and friendly. No ambience by way of candles or background music. Too bright and no atmosphere.
Went back to room and rang reception for the wifi code again. No answer. No guest information in the room at all of any description.
Slept ok, presumably because I was in something akin to a Faraday Cage. No access to wifi or any kind of phone signal.
Shower was designed for disabled access which is fine but the attachment couldn't stay in its holder so was around hip height. Had to kneel on the floor to wash. Room and bathroom were clean though. Bathroom looked new but room VERY tired with bizarre panels next to the bed with naked tube lights for reading lights.
Nice waitress at breakfast time but food was basic wholesale catering fayre. Toast was forgotten. less