'under new management' says the website. well i dread to think what it must have been like under the 'old' management.
on the plus side:
the bartender that welcome me in and showed me the room was a pleasant enough chap
on the down side:
sash windows that wouldn't shut and clearly hadn't been able too for some time, the bedroom window had been painted in the gap between the window and frame at some point in the distant past and wouldn't budge an inch, leaving an open gap at the top for street noise to enter
no heating - not good when your windows won't close
no alarm clock
breakfast, what breakfast? - i was informed before booking that the room came with breakfast. upon arriving the chap showed me the door which would lead to the 'restaurant' for breakfast, which would be served between 08:00 and 10:00.
at 08:00 the next morning i found the entire hotel completely devoid of staff. the 'restaurant' had a few eating tables and chairs, with no cutlery laid out. a single table in the corner contained a few boxes of cereal, a bottle of ketchup and a hotplate where a coffee jug should go. the table was also littered with crumbs from heaven knows when. no milk, no coffee, no bowl to put the cereal in, no staff to sort out a full english.
by 08:30 i was pretty pissed off and searched the entire hotel looking for staff or even other guests, but could find none. to make matters worse the front and rear doors were locked tight with deadlocks. at 08:45, risking being late for a business appointment and feeling pretty hungry, I was forced to leave a handwritten note complaining to the manager and let myself out, without paying (the hotel had my card details already), through a fire exit.
this establishment really is poor value and does not deserve the title of hotel. it is easily put to shame by small b&b's (which unfortunately were fully booked during my visit)
i've had the pleasure of 10 or 12 hotels in my experience and this is easily the worst so far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Globe is a beautiful 16th Century Coaching Inn set in the heart of Exeter’s Historic Estuary Town of Topsham. Located only 4 miles from Exeter City centre, it attracts both tourists and business travellers.The Inn has recently undergone a major refurbishment to restore and update the historic building whilst retaining its authentic character and personal touch.Topsham has a wonderful community, relaxed and friendly offering a perfect base to explore the area, whether by bike, foot or public transport. ... more less
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