It was a curious experience. We arrived there one evening at around 9 pm or so, after a few b&b had already turned us down for being fully booked. I asked the price and I went to the car to tell my boyfriend on the price, since it was a bit more we expected. When we came back the two of us with our luggage the owner told me he had no room anymore, he told me he had seen me already leave to see another hotel, we had just merely parked the car and maybe it had taken me 3-4 minutes. He must have been peeping out from a rear window to see us move the car, anyway. So with our luggage in there the owner happened to have a double room but he did not want to give it to us, because he had just talked with a person on the phone (during the 4 minutes I was gone) who was interested. After a bit of ponder, he gave us the room, poor the guy who had just inquired if they had rooms left. The place looked honestly a bit crampy and he told me to pay in advance, so I asked to see the room. The owner asked me: "Why do you want to see the room? Has someone told you anything about it? Because I've heard things". I swore him I had heard nothing, I answered it was common practice for me, I think it's quite usual with b&b you have no reference of, they look shabby and you have been asked 78 GBP. He reluctantly showed me the room, it was crampy but it seemed enough, I was a bit desperate at that time about finding a room for that night so I was about to accept almost anything with no rats in it. Then I gave him my credit card to pay. My surprise was that my credit card was rejected!!! I don't understand, I had been using my card everyday in Northern Ireland and later that evening I used it for dinner and the next morning for the hotel we finally ended up in (Ramada Da Vinci, cheaper, new and nice, no issues). So adding up everything that had happened for those last 10 minutes we decided to leave, we were certainly not welcomed at the Clarence.
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