I have travelled in many countries and stayed in many hotels and this is by far the worst I have ever experienced.My partner and I only stayed one night as we were attending a conference in the hotel the next day. The reception area and courtyard were shabby and full of scruffy-looking young people [I assume student exchange groups, backpackers, etc.] smoking, drinking and sitting on the floor. There were several lairy groups of people seemingly on stag/hen nights or a cheap weekend in London and this all added to an unplesantly dodgy, drunken atmosphere.
The lifts and corridors were shabby and dirty. Our room was tiny, the decor was very outmoded and the carpet and windows were dirty. The bathroom was extremely basic and not very clean.
On waking I couldn't wait to get out of the room... and just when I thought the experience couldn't get worse we went to the restaurant.
The only way I can describe the 'restaurant' is like the canteen of some kind of prison or detention centre. Tables were very close together, crockery was very cheap-looking and the food on offer looked poorly cooked and greasy. There was not enough cutlery available when we were in there, so I ended up eating a small amount of luke-warm scrambled egg and baked beans with a spoon. I wouldn't have eaten at all, but didn't have time to go elsewhere. Even as a student I wouldn't have tolerated staying somewhere this bad and considering how poor the standards are it is not as cheap as it should be. I cannot believe anyone here has given this dump a good review. Avoid this hotel at all costs. !!!
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