Un-superior double room.
My wife and I stayed at the Red Lion Hotel, Salisbury for six nights in Room 20, a 'Superior Double Room'. The room was okay if you discount the fact that it only has one small window which overlooks ... more
My wife and I stayed at the Red Lion Hotel, Salisbury for six nights in Room 20, a 'Superior Double Room'. The room was okay if you discount the fact that it only has one small window which overlooks a brick wall, which is all you can see.
Room 20 is of a reasonable size containing a large old bed, two easy chairs, a wardrobe, vanity unit and a flat screen television. If you have any mobility problems avoid this room as the bed is quite high.
The bathroom is of an acceptable size and has a bath and combined shower, again not good if you have any mobility problems.
This is an old hotel so I expected creaking floorboards. What I did not expect was a fire alarm. Quite early on the first morning we were woken by the ear piercing fire alarm which continued for about 1 minute. At 8a.m on the third morning of our stay, the alarm activated again. I reported the incidents to the receptionist who informed the duty manager. He checked the alarm control board and told me that there was no record of an alarm activation and the system was not showing a fault. I suggested to him that if the system was not showing an activation, then there was a fault.
The duty manager later visited the room and pointed out that the 'led' was not flashing, so the alarm had not activated. He suggested that it was the alarm clock. I assured him that my wife and I know the difference between a fire alarm and an alarm clock. Nevertheless I asked him to check the alarm clock, he said he couldn't because he didn't know how it worked.
A short time later the same duty manager telephoned the room to suggest I switch off the alarm clock. I again informed him that I know what a fire alarm sounds like. I did NOT switch off the alarm clock, we were not troubled by the FIRE ALARM again.
We did not eat at the hotel as we considered it expensive when compared to the many restaurants nearby.
Car parking is limited and costs an extra £15 per night. There is a public car park nearby.
The hotel is situated a short level walk to the Cathedral Close.
In conclusion, if you have no objection to your hearing and common sense being questioned then select this hotel, but be aware room 20 is not a 'superior room' in my opinion. My review may have been less harsh if it were otherwise described. less