This is a pretty average hotel (definitely not 4 star UK standard). Our comments are as follows after a three night stay...
First impressions - The outside looked in need of some attention. The green sunshades looked dirty with moss and needed cleaning. The windows were also very dirty. The lobby area was small but warm and welcoming however it is quite dark and could do with more lighting.
On arrival, although we had paid in full upfront, they asked for card details incase of any extras or damage... I gave them a credit card in case of any charges to give some protection from the bank.
Location - The location was ok but not the best, it is about a 25/30 minute walk into the city centre, ideal if you enjoy walking. You can also catch a tram from outside however we didn't attempt this after getting lost trying to get the train from the airport. The weather was fairly good so we enjoyed walking every day. The local neighbourhood isn't all that great and has a dangerous feel about it after dark. There are many strange characters (mainly men) and homeless people roaming the streets. Unless you are confident about defending yourself we would advise talking a tram or taxi back to the hotel in the evening. Fortunately there is a police station next door to the hotel which offers some sense of security.
Rooms - Our room was at the front of the hotel on the 1st floor looking out on to the main road. Our main observations are that the road outside is noisy and the window didn't do anything to block the noise out - it was just as noisy with the window open as it was when it was closed. The window also lets through quite a breeze. Decent windows with some kind of sound insulation is needed. We would recommend requesting a room which isn't at the front.
The memory foam beds are comfortable and can be adjusted. This was a plus however being woken up at 6am by the street cleaner and trams was very annoying!
The minibar is expensive so we put some of our own drinks in it however the fridge only chilled them to about 10-12 degrees, not cold enough for wine or beer. It was good to have a fridge though as you don't seem to get one in many hotels now.
The lighting in the room is very poor. There are no main lights and only several side lamps and a floor lamp, none of which provide nearly enough light.
The decor was nice and the rooms were well furnished however not always cleaned to the highest standard. There appeared to be mould growing from the shower extractor vent. The shower was nice though and powerful enough, there is also a bath which was a nice after alot of walking.
The cleaner also failed to provide cups and complimentary bathroom products on one day.
There was a safe in the room which was good.
Breakfast - The food was fairly decent but the choice wasn't great.
It's worth noting that there isn't a bar at the hotel however there are several as you walk up the street towards the centre.
Overall I would recommend staying here if you can get a room for no more than 100euros per night. Otherwise it's probably worth paying a little extra and getting a room a bit closer to the centre.
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