I'd booked a triple room for myself and two friends after being misled by a large looking triple I was shown upon booking. The reality was not the case.
When we arrived at our hotel we were greeted by pleasant staff who checked us in without delay. We then climbed the four flights of stairs with our suitcases to our room. When we walked in we were immediately taken aback by the condition of the room. It contained three small beds, two of which were pushed side by side and the other which lay tucked under a shelving unit by the window. A grim looking sink hid behind some load bearing wall, stained and accompanied by what looked like an abandoned bottle of shower gel. A single chair and table were the last bits of furniture to complete the look. The wall was stained and grubby, as if a thousand drunken guests had smeared their mucky hands on it when stumbling in from a night out, dripping in kebab sauce, and unfortunately perhaps not making it to the (shared) toilet in time.
We didn't investigate the shared facilities too intently, however the smell and dankness of the shower rooms was personally enough to turn me off.
We quickly decided that, despite losing our deposit, we couldn't stay in the room. We traipsed downstairs and the helpful gentleman at the desk was more than willing to show us another triple room. Upon inspecting the other triple we decided that, although still dingy, we would take it for the two nights that it was available.
Room number two was marginally better, and frankly felt a bit like the Ritz after being in room number one, what with the private bathroom and all. The odd, spongy half-pillows still remained, wrapped carelessly in full sized pillowcases, but we decided it was manageable. The bathroom was surprisingly clean, and the shower spotless. It had no window, however, so remained steamy and wet for hours after a single shower.
I must say I enjoyed two restful nights sleep in Hotel Manofa. I also enjoyed two rude awakenings. The first morning we were woken by what sounded like a couple having a serious spat upstairs - at 7:30am - followed by incessant knocking. The second morning we were woken by the bells of a local church ringing which, to be fair, can't be helped.
In conclusion, the positives to this hotel are it's location and moderately helpful staff. The negatives are everything else.
I suggest Hotel Continental around the corner, where we stayed for our last night at a similar price.
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