Stayed during a sub-zero week in December and felt like the place was economising on heating. It did warm up eventually.
The bedrooms are compact. Very clean and well decorated, but a double room is really only suitable for one person. This is more apparent as there’s only one chair in the room. As a study room for one person, it is sufficient, with a good sized desk and suitable lighting. Use the surface as a desk though and there are no other surfaces in the room suitable as a dressing table. The two bedside tables are only big enough for the TV remote control, a phone and a drink.
The room was clean, well maintained and decorated in a contemporary style. The hotel as a whole does not have much character. It’s like an out of town business park type development. Functional, clean and business like. The hotel is on the University campus, there was little through traffic at night and it was very quiet.
Rooms have a fridge, which is a good touch. Mine was quiet, but some people I met there said they turned theirs off at night as it made clunking noises. The fridge is topped up with a complementary bottle of water each day which is a pleasant touch. The room tea and coffee tray provided the essentials, but was basic; Digestive biscuits and only enough sachets for 2 weak coffees. On the up side, there was free tea, coffee and juices available from the lobby area and if you are lucky, maybe biscuits or cake, too.
The heating in the room was a little annoying. It’s an electric fan heater, so if you want heat, you have to put up with the constant drone of the fan. Like the fridge, at night everyone I spoke to had to turn the heater off as it was noisy when sleeping. The rooms are well insulated, so that wasn’t too bad and it warmed up quickly in the morning. There was a timer setting on the heater, but no instructions...
The staff were very helpful and pleasant throughout the week and if you eat in the restaurant, the buffet breakfasts and dinners are very good. I had a problem with hot food every day though, you could never get a warm plate, so meals got cold quickly. Maybe it was the weather, it was an exceptionally cold week.
On balance, for about £110 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast, it is good value.
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