First of let me say the staff on reception and the staff that brought breakfast to the room were very helpful, polite and courteous.
The owners had clearly spent money on the hotel reception area as that again gave a good first impression - but that's where the good news ends!
Here's the bad news. Once you step out of reception you step into a dirty, old fashioned, grimy place. The threadbare carpet on the stirs to the second floor should have warned us of what was to come.
The room was dark, dingy and looked like is was last decorated just before the second world war. The metal windows were so rusty you could not close them, and given the room overlooked the very noisy Picidily area, with loud drunken people walking past until the very early hours, that was a shame!
But worse was to come. My wife jumped up when she saw what she thought were 3 fleas or some other form of bug on hers and my pillow. As the window could not be shut I rather optimistically thought they might be insects that had just flown in. However, as it was too late to contemplate getting dressed and packing up to move rooms, I decided to assume they we're such insects but my wide (being far more intelligent than I) said she was sleeping on the sofa instead!
The next day I awoke with several bites on my ankles that were itching and concluded then they had in fact been fleas or bed bugs - neither of which are good bedfellows.
Finally, the continental breakfast arrived and the selection of fruit turned out to be one small plumb and one apple - both of which had been in a fridge which was turned up far too high, as they were both rock hard and frozen.
We packed and got out of there a.s.a.p. and as I write this my skin is still crawling from the thought of what was in the bed, as a few hours later 40 bites have become evident all over my body including my face, back, arms & legs.
So my advice would be, avoid room 204 (as I can't speak for every other bedroom in the hotel) but I know I'll be avoiding the hotel all together in the future!
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