I must start by saying that I realise I didn't "get" the Rough Luxe.
Upon reflection, it was as it said it was, but wasn't what I expected
I decided to stay there last Sunday evening, on Dee's birthday, as a special treat on our way back from an overnight in Paris.
The plus side: Brilliant Welcome (Antonio lives on the premises, and is a delightful man, who manages to be caring and attentive without being smarmy...a difficult trick to carry off. From first introduction, for example he knew, and used, our first names, although even this may not be to everyone's taste)
The bed was probaby the most comfortable Hotel bed i have ever slept in, and I consequently had a brilliant night's sleep
Hand made toiletries were a nice touch
Breakfast was generous, with lots of choice and much enjoyed.
On the negative: "shabby chic" to me is not meant to resemble someone in the middle of decorating. The public areas just look as if they have got as far as stripping the paint and wallpaper and left it at that.
The rooms are small, which is fine, given the limitations of the Grade 2 building, but 2 bedrooms which anyway share a bathroom is not a "suite", or even a mini suite. We had rooms 9 and 10, on the top floor, but we never did get a key to open 10, so had to jam the door with beer mats so we could get at our stuff!!
The contrast between shabby and breathtaking luxury (the bathroom, presumably) was undermined by the fact that the "luxury" wasn't very well executed, with loose plumbing fittings, and poor tiling.
I think the "world famous designer" was trying for an idea which just didn't come off .
The place is too self conciously quirky, and tries too hard to be different for my taste
At the price, i could have had a room at the Hotel Russell, and some change, which is, I think, what i would do in future
Mark Chamberlain, Preston
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