First impression of the "pub" was very good with plenty of adjacent car parking space. Rooms were in a separate annexe block behind the pub, but from the outside it all looked welcoming. No problem with check-in (service with a friendly smile) and our room was clean, (crisp white bed linen, large fluffy towels) although a little on the small side with dated, well-worn, old-fashioned furniture. Also, there was no hairdryer in room (although website stated there would be one) and our curtain rail was actually hanging off its hinge (reported this on arrival, but not repaired by the time we left two days later). Bathroom also had a distinct smell of paint so assume the rooms are undergoing some sort of renovation? TV had no remote (although picture quality for the only four channels was awful) but not a problem for us as we do not watch TV whilst away anyway.
On the plus side, the staff were particularly friendly and there was a good 'pub' atmosphere (only a dozen or so people on both Saturday and Sunday nights, so it was never noisy despite football being shown on a big screen). The food, at breakfast, in the bar and also the carvery, was excellent. To sum up, with further renovations to the rooms and parts of the bar (the sofas really smelt musty), the "Highwayman" could promote itself as an 'upmarket' inn yet still retain its distinctive features which sets it apart from say, a Travelodge or Premier Inn. Despite this negativity, however, we still had an enjoyable two night break and would have no hesitation in staying here again if visiting the area. Don't expect a modern, bright "motel" but an oldie-style friendly pub (reminiscent of the 1960's/70's) and you too will not be disappointed.
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- The Highwayman Hotel Dunstable
- Highwayman Hotel Dunstable
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