My partner and I have been using the long shoot once a month when we come up to pick my stepchildren up for the weekend for 3 years now. We always arrive late at night after a 3-4 hour journey after work. Whenever we ring up to book or for any other query the staff are very friendly and helpful, and when we first started going there the night porter was also very friendly and gave good service. However the last few months there has been a different man who isn’t as friendly and takes forever to answer the intercom system, leaving us outside in all weathers waiting. Sometimes we have to go into the bar restaurant to actually find someone to book us in.
The hotel its self is chalet style giving you your own front door, rather than one to a corridor. The rooms are small, but adequate all with ensuite bathrooms, complimentary tea and coffee and TV, trouser press - just the usual basics you would expect. The windows are metal framed, and a lot don’t shut properly or the catches are broken.
Heating is electric storage type heaters, which soon warm the room up. In some of the rooms, the mattresses are well past their lifetime -room 10 in particular, making for a very uncomfortable lumpy night. The rooms are in need of decorating and the breezeblocks show through the plaster on some of the walls, and are not particularly well cleaned. Once you start looking behind movable furniture and in corners you notice what has been missed. I once split water on the bathroom floor, wiped it up with he bath mat, which came up black afterwards! It is also noticeable in the corners of the bathroom and one bathroom even had ants in it!
The bed linen is clean, the towels are always clean and the basic appearance is acceptable for an overnight stay. The Longshoot do a lot of fishing parties which if you are unfortunate enough to be staying on one of those nights there is little parking space by late evening (on one occasion we had to park up by the main road for the night), the fishermen tend to be very loud until late at night, and up early in the morning shouting and banging doors, so no chance of a lie in beyond 6 am on these days.
We have never eaten there, and on the odd occasion we have had to go into the bar/restaurant to find someone the food didn’t smell particularly appetizing to say the least.
Overall it depends what you want and are looking for. For us it suffices as an overnight stay and is close to where we want to be and the cheapest in the area. I don’t know if I would want to spend more than the odd night, and as I say the night staff leave something to be desired at times. If you want a more reliably consistent night the travelodge is just up the road who do quite a few special offer, there is also a days in nearby too, but obviously for twice the price.
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