First impressions were not good, there were problems between Laterooms and Ramada Encore and despite assurances from Ramada HQ my account was finally debited 20 or so days after booking. Although the operations manager did sort this out for me.
Arrived at the hotel, checking in was quick. Although noticed a sign saying a problem with the wi-fi, which meant no internet access during my stay due to technical problems ( which had been one of the reasons for my stay)
There is a toby carvery near the hotel if you don't their own bar/dining, I thought I'd give it a go, but it was quite lifeless- no atmosphere. The food quality was however good and pretty good value.
The staff were friendly, I needed to borrow an iron and this was promptly delivered to my room.
Inside the actual room, the room was spacious, although I had booked a double bed and in addition there was a single bed made up from the settee, I personally would have preferred the settee ( to be used a settee) as it took up space in the room.
The tv remote control had no batteries in and the signal quality picture wasn't very good.
The bed wasn't the the most comfy I have stayed in however it wasn't uncomfortable- just average.
The room had a picture up on a wall however opposite the bed, there was a huge white space and another picture is needed there as it felt a bit bare.
The room had tea/coffee facilities and the bathroom had appropriate toiletries, it had a wet room ( for the shower)- which I personally dislike .
The hotel was quiet though and not noisy, but a bit lifeless.
My swipe in card for the door seemed to stopped working on the last day properly but reception sorted this out for me.
The breakfast ( £7.00) is unlimited, I didnt take up the offer but had a look and it was reasonable with hot/cold foods available.
The hotel is spacious and clean and staff polite and friendly, but to make it better it needs a bit of soul and more ambience.
I have stayed in IBIS hotels before and this was my first taste of Ramada- but I'd still stick with IBIS as they have just that little bit extra.
Overall was it good though and if you need a hotel to stay at, there is no problem here.
- Also Known As:
- Ramada Encore Barnsley Hotel Dodworth
- Ramada Encore Barnsley Hotel
- Ramada Encore Barnsley Dodworth
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