I decided to book a room prior to reading the reviews here, and whilst I would tend to agree with some of the comments, I cannot agree with all of them.
This is clearly a budget priced hotel and you get what you pay for. I paid £42,00 for one night which included a £2,00 telephone booking fee. It was shown on the hotel's website as being discounted from £100. There is no way I would have paid £100 and this hotel does not justify that rate in my humble opinion.
The hotel is centrally located and I do agree with others in that its exterior does look somewhat drab, dated and uninviting. But I do not consider that a factor in how good a Hotel is. Its what is inside that counts.
Upon entering the Reception area, I could smell food being cooked, but it was not an unpleasant smell. The lone Receptionist was very pleasant and dealt with me as I would expect to be dealt with. No complaints there. I did notice some large tears and rips in the settees in reception and do agree with others in that the photographs on the hotel's website do not live up to the reality.
I made my way in the lift to the fifth floor where I was booked into room 518. After a bit of a struggle with the keycard I was inside and to be honest I got was I was expecting to get for what I paid. A basic room, not unclean or untidy, perhaps in need of a little updating, but apart from that, I could find very little fault.
The furniture is, I agree, a tad out-dated and some peices did not match. The bed was made up, not to my own standards (I'm a chalet cleaner at Butlins), but it was clean and comfortable. The room overlooked part of the city and a main road so traffic noise up until around 11pm could be heard, but it was not off-putting. This is a hotel in the heart of a major City after all.
There were a few pink stains on the white bed linen, but nothing to put me off sleeping in the bed. There were also a few stains on the bathroom floor, again nothing to gruble about, And they were hardly noticable. I only took a bit of time to look in more detail because of all the adverse reviews here, many of which I cannot agree with. Some of these reviewers must of been expecting London Ritz style accomodation but at budget prices.
I spent the majority of my time in the hotel room catching up on gossip with an old friend of mine who I had not seen for almost three years, so I cannot comment on other areas in the hotel, but I can comment on Room Service.
I ordered two meals, which I was told I would either have to go down to the Bar to pay by debit/credit card, or pay the rom service waiter cash when he brought our meals up.
I have never heard of this before, and I've stayed in numerous hotels in the UK in my lifetime. I have always signed a receipt with my room number on it and then settled the bill upon check out. ..
If anything this was my only complaint. Overall, I was reasonably impressed witth what I got for what I paid and I will have no hesitation in returning to this hotel in the future. Only this time I will be enquiring as to a larger room with an armchair and more space as the double room I was booked into was a tad on the small side for two people. I booked for two persons, but my friend found it a bit cramped and decided not to stay overnight with me as originally planned. So next time I hope I will be able to get a larger double room with more space to sit and not have to lay on the bed wo watch TV.
That was not a complaint by the way and did not mar our re-union.
Would I recommend this hotel = YES - IF you are looking for a *cheap* hotel room for one or two nights. I'm not sure if I'd stay a full week or more. But other than that, if you are on a tight budget and don't mind a bit of tired and dated furniture and decor, this hotel is worthy of a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This purpose built hotel is situated near to Nottingham Castle, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Victoria Shopping Centre and the Nottingham City business district, making it an ideal location for both business and pleasure. Nottingham is also renowned for its vibrant and popular nightlife and this hotel is a short walk to all the popular bars and cafes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Nottingham Hotel Nottingham
- Nottingham Britannia Hotel
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