The Royal Chase, Shaftesbury
26/02/2017 David H, Manchester, United Kingdom
We stayed here for two nights on a business trip, over a Friday and Saturday. Arrived Friday evening and found our room which quite tired looking, stains and scratch marks on the wallpaper and furnitu... more
We stayed here for two nights on a business trip, over a Friday and Saturday. Arrived Friday evening and found our room which quite tired looking, stains and scratch marks on the wallpaper and furniture being a feature. The bathroom was very dated too. I believe there has been some refurbishment in the hotel but clearly our room has not yet benefitted.
So, it being a Friday evening we thought we'd make use of the bar. What can I say other than very disappointed. The bar area is such a depressing little room it's no wonder the other five people vacated it as quickly as we did. As non smokers, we found the stench of stale smoke oozing from the furniture very unpleasant.
Into the restaurant we went. And then out again to find somebody to serve us. The restaurant room itself is ok, much cheerier than the bar. The food was ok, average, nothing special. I think there were three other tables in use and the level of service was annoyingly poor. When you have to go find a waiter to take your order, you are fighting a losing battle. Not good at all. It is embarrassing and unwelcoming to have to do so.
All in all, I don't think the stay was worth the money and next time I'm down in Shaftesbury, (a lovely area which we will visit again for a short break soon) we will be staying elsewhere. less