For £95 for a Sunday night I was expecting something quite special. We'd been driving for hours but on checking in we were told they don't serve food on a Sunday. We expressed our disappointment and were told that at a push, they might be able to muster up bread and olives.
The hotel is a converted barn right next to a busy T junction - our room was actually at ground level and on the corner, and the continual noise from the traffic was not what we wanted.
We went to the room thinking we'd have a sit down and a cup of tea but no! - they don't provide tea making facilities, even when specifically asked.
No food, no tea, no hair dryer and by the looks of it.......... no vacuum cleaner.
The wardrobe is a wooden box with a curtain across the front, the paint is flaking off in numerous places and I haven't even got as far as the bathroom yet.
I have to admit, the bathroom does look very trendy but whoever designed it, has never used it. The tiny Belfast sink has such a big tap that you can't get your face over it and the shower over the bath is recessed so far back that you literally have to bend right over to wash your hair - the only way round this is to adjust the shower head but then water goes all over the floor. When you look at the state of the rusty radiator and rotten skirting board (photos included) you can see that I wasn't the only one with this problem. To add insult to injury, there are no nice toiletries - there are 3 dispensers screwed to the wall. There wasn't even a tablet of soap.
Breakfast was a joke. I got the feeling that we were the only guests there and as such we were very much in the way. We asked for coffee and literally got 1 cup each - no cafetiere, no offer of another cup. There was no fruit juice and the napkin was a scruffy old tea towel - I don't care how trendy you think you might be, there is no excuse for thinking you can get away with an old, unironed tea towel. I didn't want a cooked breakfast but there was no alternative other than muesli or yoghurt. I asked if there was any fresh fruit (for £95 there jolly well should have been!) but there was none.
The next night we went down the road to the Lodge - what a difference! Friendly service, good food and great views. Ask for room 4 and watch the cows taking themselves home to bed across the common. Fabulous!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 AA GOLD STAR 17TH CENTURY COACHING INN ,OFFERING 9 EN SUITE CONTEMPORARY BEDROOMS , RESTAURANT OPEN 7 DAYS ,LARGE CAR PARK AND PRIVATE GARDENS. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ragged Cot Hotel Minchinhampton
- The Ragged Cot Inn Minchinhampton, United Kingdom