Finding the old bridge hotel is the first hurdle. If you follow the instructions on the hotel website to their postcode you will find yourself in a car park on the wrong side of the river. It took me another half hour in the terrible traffic to find the entrance to the hotel car park. Check in was fast and friendly but my initial impression was shattered when I saw the pokey little room that I had been given. Imagine a very small room into which full-size bedroom furniture had been put with a single bed directly underneath a large dormer window in the roof. Who needs all that, especially after the receptionist told me they didnt put people in that room if they are staying any longer. Far bett to get rid of half of it and make the room a bit bigger. I was only here for one night so it didn't seem to matter that much. However, the practicalities of having a room so small soon became apparent. Inside the full-size wardrobe was an iron and an ironing board. I can't imagine trying to put it up in such a small space. There were only two electrical sockets both of which were in use and both of which were hidden behind the chest of drawers. I literally had to move it out so that I could plug in the hairdryer and also the charger for my phone.
If you think you would like to dine at the old bridge hotel then make sure you book. I walked into the bar at 6 o'clock and was promptly told there was an hours wait just for a table. I solved this problem myself by asking a lady at a table for four, whether she minded sharing with me. Problem solved.
The food both at dinner and that breakfast was of high-quality and well cooked. The staff work at a frantic pace especially at dinner. Indeed the staff throughout my stay were very helpful and extremely pleasant.
The noise from downstairs died off around 12:30 but sleep was quite difficult. Again I had to move the furniture, I had to pull the uncomfortable bed out in order to gain access to the control for the radiator. It was so hot that I feared I would burn myself in the night should I lay against it. I am not a light sleeper but I was constantly woken by all sorts of things. Doors banging, creaky floorboards, the snoring of the person in the room next door, the rain on the dormer window above my head and finally the crashing of bottles first thing in the morning as they were thrown out.
Beware in the bathroom, I had one of those trick taps that soaked your trousers when you turn it more than a crack.
Checkout was fast and friendly and I was soon doing battle once again with the Holmfirth traffic.
Would I stay at the old bridge again? I don't know, maybe if I was sure I had got a decent sized room. I certainly left with mixed feelings.
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- The Old Bridge Hotel Holmfirth, England
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