I got a bit of a strange vibe when I checked in. It was very "matter of fact" and not particularly welcoming. It's also a bus/taxi ride away from St. Albans city centre, so isn't very well placed either. Quite honestly, I thought the slightly cheaper rates were due to location, rather than a lack of quality, but I was mistaken.
The room itself was very pleasant. Decor fresh and inoffensive, bed comfortable enough, clean bathroom and decent shower. However, there were communal cooking facilities in the corridor outside, causing very unpleasant smells and the other residents were very noisy. I had to yell for someone to shut up banging around and playing music loudly after 1am in the morning in the room above mine. All I wanted was a decent night's sleep after going to a gig in St. Albans, but was woken intermittently by other guests again from 6.30am onwards - the soundproofing is terrible, near non-existent. I ended up feeling so tired that I skipped the breakfast I'd pre-paid for just so that I could try to sleep as long as I could. All in all, I don't think the £50 I paid for one night at The Avalon was very good value at all.
There is potential for this to be a nice place, but it needs a complete re-think of what they allow in terms of guest behaviour and quite a lot of money spent of making it more welcoming and comfortable overall. There is no way on Earth I would contemplate coming back here again.
Go to another hotel. If you DO ignore my advice, then make sure you avoid any room on the ground fl...
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I am sorry that you have had to leave such review, We have a management team on duty 24hours a day in which had you brought to our attention then we would of dealt with or moved you to a different bedroom. As for the microwave on the ground floor this has been re allocated elsewhere.We have already spent alot of money on the grounds with new signs, new lighting etc., In the main building has just had new tiling, newly decorated hallways, rooms are all refurbished and new stairway carpet in awaiting to be fitted in the next week and many more things ongoing.
Thank you for your review and I can only apologise that you did not enjoy your stay with us.
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