I'm surprised and very sorry to read the other negative reviews because our own stay there was very different! We were staying there to attend a wedding nearby and the staff were friendly and helpful before we even arrived, advising me over the 'phone on how long it would take to get to the venue and arranging for an iron and ironing board to be put in our room before we arrived, etc. The receptionist who checked us in was very welcoming and told us we'd been upgraded to a four-poster room for no extra cost, and whilst we were getting ready, she very kindly got us directions to the venue off AA routeplanner as I had forgotten to bring mine.
The room itself was very pleasant and nicely decorated, with a bay window (with seat) overlooking the estuary. The bathroom, with its avocado suite, is clearly a hangover from the 70s and in desperate need of an update, but spotlessly clean, as was the rest of the room (and indeed the hotel). The bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever slept in and we had a great night's sleep.
The owner herself served our breakfast to us and she was as welcoming and friendly as we found the rest of the staff. When we asked why the sea no longer comes as far as Parkgate, she was happy to chat at length about the various theories explaining this. The breakfast was nicely cooked and enough to set us up for the day and there is a wide selection of teas (and coffees) to help yourself to, not just ordinary breakfast tea. The rotary toaster referred to by another reviewer has been replaced by a Dualit (or similar) and the bread provided very good, and too thick to fit in the toastracks provided!
They were cool about us checking out slightly late and happy for us to leave our car in their carpark for as long as we wanted whilst we took a walk.
We would certainly recommend this place to others and stay here if we were ever in the area again.
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