i really wanted to like this hotel. the aesthetic is great. the art is great. it's next door to st mungos homeless hostel which is refreshingly egalitarian for a boutique hotel. they were really friendly. and they gave us a discount without being asked as we booked the last available room at short notice.
HOWEVER, the website quoted our room (room 5) as having a king size bed. when we called up he said it wasn't king size but queen size - which would have been fine. a chart on the wall in the hotel itself confirmed it was queen size. but the bed turned out to be 50 inches wide - ie 10 inches smaller than queen size and 4 inches smaller than a standard double! it was very comfortable, but way too small for two people. when we let them know we were bluntly assured that it WAS queen size whatever we said.
secondly, after a snug but slightly cramped night's sleep, we opened the window to let some air in. about 2 minutes later the entire window came crashing down out of its frame. it was a huge hefty piece of reinforced steel wood and glass, and would have decapitated me (i'm not exaggerating) if the arm of the day bed hadn't stopped it from falling straight on my head. again, we mentioned it to them and were told we hadn't opened the window correctly, and that they'd jsut passed a health and safety inspection so it wasn't any risk.
finally, their website advertises a large and hearty breakfast. there was indeed a great spread of continental breakfast fare, but it should be mentioned that it was a COLD breakfast.
ended up feeling a bit cheated. this is an EXPENSIVE hotel, and while the decor is genuinely charming, they seem to want you to pay boutique hotel prices but only receive no-frills service - somehow justified by the 'rough' aesthetic they promote.
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