It's been 4-years since I last reviewed the Royal Park and the hotel has changed some of the things that caught my attention then have been upgraded. These include a better arrangement to the desk so that I no longer have to crawl underneath to plug in my computer, the CRT television has been replaced with a large LCD flatscreen with a good selection of HD channels and the wired and wireless Internet also have been upgraded. There seems to be good wireless coverage but the connection still seems a bit slow (or, perhaps, bandwidth limited.)
The things I liked have been kept. The towels are still luxurious, there are a couple of small but complimentary bottles of water and the staff are very attentive. As well, slippers are provided as well as hotel robes that can be used during your stay.
Last, but certainly not least, the bed and pillows were very comfortable and allowed a good night's sleep.
A couple of things that were just short of perfect. The desk lamp, the desk chair and the fitness equipment. Of these the desk lamp is the most annoying, it's a fixed lamp with a short lampshade, so short that I found that quite often I'd end up having the bare bulb shining into my eyes while trying to work on my laptop. Almost as annoying is the chair, it's a nice writing desk chair but doesn't cut it as a modern workstation chair. Fixed legs, no wheels or height adjustment. Lastly, the fitness equipment is the same as I remember from 4-year ago, they were fine then but are no longer state of the art. They still work fine but do not have individual monitor screens/TVs that you'd find in a top fitness facilities (equipment has LED displays).
When in or near Rochester I would be disappointed if the Royal Park weren't available.
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