My first impression of room 528, a superior room in the 1908 granite tower part of the building,was dark.The part of the room furthest from the windiw has black walls and ceiling,and the black light switches are very hard to find.Additionally,some are conventional,but some are a peculiar horizontal design.
After a lengthy mapping expedition,and a puzzle with the air-con instructions,normal operations were resumed.A vast genuine herringbone parquet floor bears a few rugs and an eccentric assortment of new furniture.The decor is bizarre,on a circus performers theme.However,the functional level of comfort is excellent,with lots of storage,many coat hooks and a good bed,albeit with the odd Scandinavian twin duvets.There are triple glazed windows,with adequate opening area.
An extra,behind folding doors,is a little kitchenette ,with large fridge,microwave and sink.This is useful for snacks,there being a supermarket a few hundred yards away.Additioally,the minibar items are sold in the foyer for half the room prices.The waste bin was not emptied regularly.
The bathroom has every comfort,including a large bath with drying line above.Laundry can be done with the aid of the board and iron provided.
Breakfast,in an underground room forming part of a conference suite,is splendid,with many interesting local products.It is let down by a new juice dispensing machine,which has an electronic touch screen.The screen may be fit to touch,but the watery imitation orange juice certainly is not.On subsequent mornings I brought my own.
The notel overlooks a quiet square on one side,and the harbour on the other.The Cathedral is about 15-20 minutes walk.
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