I have only given one dot because it's not possible to give none. I had travelled from Sarajevo and wanted a place to refresh myself before taking a coach up north the following morning. Under the circumstances, I would have been happy with anywhere dry but this failed even this most basic requirement.
First of all, the room I was given was outside and down some steps just off the public street. The door was actually unlocked when I arrived meaning anyone could have been in there since the cleaner. When I got in, it was tiny like a cave or a prison cell. In order to have light, one has to turn on a fluorescent light which hums and buzzes. The light itself was separated from the roof with toilet paper. The same could be said for an electrical switch which I didn't dare touch. As the room was basically outside, it was freezing as there was a gap in the door. The tiny radiator was insufficient and the additional portable heater wasn't even working. Another consequence of the gap was that every drop of rain, every passing person and vehicle could be heard perfectly clearly rendering sleep impossible. The only facility was a small sink and toilet paper was provided to help wash one's hand. There wasn't even a bin in the room for it. The step and the floor looked like it had never been cleaned and behind the bed was severe mould and damp. As for the communal toilet/shower, that's what it literally was since there was no gap between the two and the shower floor looked as dirty as the uncleaned toilet seat. One could only dry one's hands using toilet paper in there. To get to the toilet-shower, one had to go outside and unlock another door which had I used either facility would have been most unpleasant. The only good thing was that the electric actually worked so I could use my phone to book the first coach out of London at three in the morning (although given how damp the room was, I'm not sure how terrific this was). On the basis of what I had saw, I chose to avoid the breakfast altogether.
During my lifetime, I have been a travelling labourer, had a spell street homeless and have been able to sleep pretty much anywhere including park benches, phone boxes, under trees, student houses and at some very dodgy squats. As such, I've never felt compelled to complain about accommodation. Nevertheless, this hole has proved the exception.
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