Nice place to stay run by Dorothea who is very nice and helpful. It's an old cottage and looks a bit dark and worn. Lots of natural wood and dark varnish. It feels like it needs a good airing and some daylight letting in. I was booked in for 2 weeks but had to cancel the second due to a change of plans.
The bedroom was a good size and the en-suite bathroom very clean and tidy but there is something on every flat surface - if it's not functional it's decorative - so there's not much room for your own kit. Needs a new shower head as well.
Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in the room as well as the worlds smallest fridge, which was handy for keeping a canned drink or two cool.
Reasonably comfortable bed, again the matress was perhaps well used but certainly not the worst I've slept on and the linen was nice and clean. I was unfortunate to stay in very hot weather and the room was warm even with the windows open. A small fan would have been handy.
Service was a bit hit and miss. On my second day I got fresh towels, but not thereafter and I had to make do with the same towel for 4 days. A drinking glass was provided which I used - but then it disappeared, never to return.
Breakfast was self service continental, though a cooked breakfast was available on request. Again, never quite sure what crockery or cutlery was going to be there. One day I had a bowl, spoon and knife but no plate or napkin. All OK though.
Location is good and only 10 miinutes walk to the high street with lots of old buildings and places to eat. I didn't have time to explore much more.
So overall a few minor niggles but this is a great place for a night or two, quite comfortable and overall very clean. I think 'quirky' would be a reasonable way to describe it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fern Cottage, a charming 19th Century dwelling set in the conservation area of historic St. Albans. On business or pleasure, a warm welcome awaits you at this 4 star rated establishment.We have Wireless Internet access and off-street parking. ... more less