It was our own fault, we booked this place in a rush and with all other hotels fully booked, without reading the other reviews on this site...Big mistake!
How bad could it possibly be? The building itself was once a true beauty in a great location, but it has been left to fade into a tired if not ever so slightly run down exterior, it is crying out for investment on a grand scale to bring the interior as well as exterior back to its former glory.
On entering the reception we are greeted with the dirtiest carpet I have ever had the misfortune to walk on, The tacky reception 'desk' is manned by a sultry gentleman who demands payment (before you have the chance to see the room and run!), the central staircase which should be the gateway to the grand victorian interior is a chipped metal railing painted in mint green, our first floor rooms were found down two dark corridors with old metal beds leaning up against the stained walls. We had booked a family room for 2 adults and 2 children and were given a triple and a single room. The triple room on first impressions looks basic but adequate considering the cost, however the single room next door was horrific, there was a not unsubstantial science experiment taking place on the carpets which at a guess was once a pale beige but which is now so stained with dark brown marks of unknown origin, it is hard to make out the original colour. The bed was a tiny single with grubby looking sheets and the whole room smelt of something not yet dead, but close to it. We didn't dare sleep in this 'cell' of a room but instead all crammed into the larger triple room. This larger room was just that...Larger, that is all it had going for it. The walls were cracked, the ceiling stained along with the carpet in several places. the furniture is old and broken, there was graffiti left by a previous lucky resident over the bedside table. The wardrobe doors had broken handles, the bathroom door had been kicked in, the loo roll holder was hanging off the wall, and was stained with a very dubious dried brown smudge (I know...try not to think about it!), there was a wad of toilet paper stuffed behind the pedistal of the sink, which had been there for quite some time by the look of it, finally and reassuringly (!) the fire alarm/smoke detector had been covered over with a plastic bag- incase its being activated during a fire would disturb a good nights sleep???
What more could we possibly expect for just £55 a night? At very least i would expect a basic level of cleanliness, and a safe environment in which to sleep, neither of which are available at this hotel, and the guest is left, on checking out, with the overwhelming need to have a good wash!
Any plus sides to this hotel? Yes...Leaving!