Despite making a reservation upon arrival at hotel reception, it took a while to get a table, don’t know why. Did not get served because waiter “misplaced the ticket” of my order. He only found out 45 minutes after taking the order. As it was getting late after a long day of travel, I decided not to wait another half hour and leave the Farmers Arms. Made a report at reception, who offered a table in the main restaurant, “available in 15 minutes”, making my day even longer. I declined.
I ate my fruit and the cookies in the room, drank tea, reviewed the situation and decided there should be other places in the area that are less pretentious and are better suited to business travelers’ needs and went to bed. This place is not for the occasional business guest with limited time or living between time zones; it may be great for formal dinners and other events, but that was clearly not the purpose of my stay.
Soon after I went to bed, the fire alarm rang. Barely realising where I was or what happened, I got up and put some clothes on. Before I reached the door of my room, it stopped. False alarm, fortunately.
Breakfast was OK, plenty of food available, healthy as well as the traditional breakfast, and very formal, “wait to be seated”, again. Phones were not allowed. Nice and quiet, but another sign of not being a business oriented place. Would have liked a few pieces of fruit to take with me for snacking later in the day, but only mixed fruit salads for immediate consumption.
No, if I need to come back in this area, I will stay somewhere else. less