We booked in for 2 nights at the last minute and after reading the reviews from other guests we were half-expecting a nightmare stay. However, I was left slightly disapponted to find there were no Basil Fawlty moments anywhere in sight.
The hotel is centrally located, giving easy access to all that Aberystwyth offers. The reception areas and dining rooms are nicely appointed and decorated, giving a good first impression. The welcome we received was good after managing to park on the compact car park without too much difficulty (must be about 20 rooms but car park only holds about 8 cars). The overall impression I got was of a 'work in progress', as although it is clear to see there has been some investment in the reception rooms the stairways & bedrooms still need to be given a similar facelift in order to rid them of the rather dated carpets and woodchip wallcoverings. But having said that, I do accept that maintaining and refreshing accommodation is a never-ending task and there are always going to be things that need to be improved upon.
Despite booking only a Double Room we were allocated what appears to be the Family Room (Room 12), containing a double bed as well as single and bunk beds, situated on the top floor of the hotel, with an adjoining private toilet/shower room. As stated previously, the carpets and wallpaper need to be replaced to revitalise this room, and the owners really need to do something about the green light that is constantly on overnight in the ceiling of this room. I assume this is an 'Emergency Lighting' requirement but even with curtains drawn and lights off the room remains very brightly lit and I can imagine this being a big problem for many. The vallance sheet around the single bed was very dirty and tatty, but as we had only really booked the double bed I am prepared to accept that maybe they hadnt had chance to properly prepare the other beds.
There was plenty of bottled water in the room and toiletries in the bathroom. The buffet breakfast was good and regularly topped up. All in all, it was a decent place to stay, although for the money I expected a slightly better standard of decor in the bedrooms. But sadly there was no sign of any incompetent Spanish waiters or rampaging ignorant buffoons throughout our stay!!
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