Stayed on a quiet Sunday night prior to a business appointment the next morning. No issues parking although £7 per night seems a bit steep.
Location is great for local businesses, NEC and the airport, which is so close that you can sit outside and inhale the kerosene fumes.
Talking of bad smells, my room stank of damp. I think the shower had leaked or was still leaking judging by the warped laminate flooring which caused the door to stick. I didn't mention this to reception because I had zero confidence in the guy who checked me in and, after an hour or so, my nose got used to it.
However, I realised that overnight everything I had brought with me had taken on an unpleasant smell. In general the hotel was a little tired and shabby looking.
I tried the bar and restaurant/lounge, which is in reality one large, soulless through area, which was staffed by a guy so stereotypically miserable, he could have been from central casting.
The in house food offering was poor. Quite a small choice of uninspiring dishes, inexpertly reheated. My pasta was stuck together, chicken as tough as old boots and the ice cream dessert was served half in, and half out of the bowl. Not cheap either.
The quality of the staff improved the next morning and breakfast was actually quite nice, but by this time I'd had enough.
A great location, but the budget hotel market is closely faught and other places do it much better. Avoid.
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