I needed to book a hotel for a three night business stay in Yorkshire and being a fan of the Holiday Inn Express brand, I opted to give this sister brand a go - expecting a slightly better experience. Not so!
The images on the website look great and the actual hotel looks grand; outside and in. That's where it stops though, in terms of matching my expectations. However, the staff were very friendly and recognised my rewards status; which does not bother me but does some. I was late arriving but still found a warm smile and that is always a good start.
On getting into my room, I soon found a bed that was uncomfortable and the quilt was a joke, to be fair. The pillows were as thick in a pair, as one found in the HIE or Premier Inn, so it was lucky I only need one normally. I just could not believe the quilt though - I could be forgiven for thinking it was a double quilt in a queen cover, as it just did not fill it. Luckily it was warm though, so the air conditioning helped that.
As I was late on night one, I opted for room service; having driven from Scotland and hungry. Never again! The cost for a plate of noodles and some duck was an absolute joke - but I was hungry. The second night seen me giving the restaurant a visit and the menu did not appeal, however they saved the day by having a buffet on, at a reasonable cost, and it was nice. I brought a sandwich in with on night three as I just did not want another meal from the hotel.
On night two, there was hardly anywhere to park due to a Prom night, but we were all young once and I just tried to find a safe spot for the car and plodded on. Then came my much anticipated early night, which was spoilt by dance music blaring from downstairs! Hotel or nightclub?
Great staff, good location, free access to Bannantynes club next door but don't expect great standards.
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