After an experience at the Gresham, I left with an overwhelmingly puzzling question in my mind. What on Gods earth are the obviously inept people at the Nottingham Tourist Board doing to their wonderful city? Because as soon as you step out of the quaint train station you are met with the relieving sight of local and available accommodation. Like myself, those who had not booked or researched a hotel for the night, might very well be attracted by the superficial and convenient fascia of hotels like the Gresham. I know myself that Ive made some wrong decisions in my life, we all have, but nothing could have prepared me for the poor error of judgement that night that I was so dismally punished for. And this is my dilemma with the powers that could force these 'ambushes' kicking and screaming into modern day expectations and standards. And yet the Gresham still stands, trapping unwitting travellers into a night of sheer demoral. After walking back in time through the pretty forgettable lobby, you arrive at the desk wondering why the place smells like its thrown in the towel. Then comes an exhausting booking in process with a receptionist who seems to speak anything other than English before being handed a key, which is similar to that of a padlock key. When you reach your door you immediately relise why you have such an odd looking key. After you open the CHUBB PADLOCK, expecting the receptionist has made a mistake and that you have been handed the key for a storage room, you will see that the only mistake that has been made was the one that happened ten minutes ago when you thought 'lets try here'. It is unmistakably a collection of what seems to be either donated or collected furniture, a decor not witnessed since early Victorian Britain and a view that manages to be both dissapointing and offensive. The en suite is an insult to the very word and the temptation to leave the room is imminent from the start. Down to the less than mediocre bar facility where the service is almost as slow as the receptionist. Nottingham deserves answers from its council, how they can let innocent an naive tourists be exploited in this way, only to end up drunken messes in the city's bars due to the depression and dispair of knowing they will eventually have to go back to the Gresham.
- Also Known As:
- Gresham Hotel Nottingham