We went for a weekend break to Bath without our kids, and wanted a comfy room from which to explore the city, I had tried to book more swanky places but (I guess due to Christmas shoppers) most places were full. The Parade Park looked promising though,the website showed contemporary rooms that looked fairly basic, but clean, crisp, and comfortable, well lit and attractively furnished. On booking I was offered a choice of a small double or a four poster room, not liking the sound of a small room I plumped for the four poster .
Imagine our disappointment when we got to our (pre paid) room to find it resembled student digs or at best an old people's home. It was a back room overlooking some air conditioning units of adjacent hotels. It was dark and dingy with one badly fitted lampshade barely concealing the (at best) 40W bulb. The bed side lights were not the modern table lamps as seen on the website, but pub style tassled wall lights with such dim bulbs you could barely read a book. The bedside tables and chest of drawers were missing half their knobs. The four poster bed did have four posts, but was as naff as can be imagined. An Argos (I'm being charitable) frame stained an attractive shade of marroon and finished with cheap flimsy ready made drapes velcroed to the frame, If I had had a saw with me I'd have done any future occupants a favour and hacked the posts off. The bathroom was similar to the one I had to use in hospital when giving birth, but a bit less cosy the main difference being that in hospital there was a constant supply of hot water, unfortunately we left on Sunday morning without showering as there was not a drop of hot water to be had at ten to eight. The confusingly named 'continental' breakfast consisted of white sliced 'plastic' bread you could queue up and toast yourself with a portion of butter and marmalade with individually wrapped weetabix all washed down with a cup of Tetley or value orange juice, my 9 year old could have put together a breakfast with more finesse.
Oh it was just awful, probably fine if you have very low expectations or are a rugby supporter and need somewhere to rest your head after a skinful in the bar downstairs, but if you are a couple steer clear, I can honestly say we'd rather have stayed at home. No one was available to complain to when we left, but have written since arriving home, but unfortunately no one could be bothered to reply, which just about sums it up!
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