Looking this place up on Trip Advisor told me that it was one of the top hotels in Swansea with a very high rating. It also showed that it was very cheap, so I thought I’d stay here for 3 nights recently.
The first thing to say is that this is not a hotel so much as a B&B or guesthouse – not sure why what the classification of a “hotel” is on this site, but this is a B&B, just in case anyone is adverse to them and looking at the Alexander thinking it is a hotel.
Anyway, on arrival I learnt that my room was one of the cheapest ones and first I was shown to my “private” bathroom, which was a nice sized room. I took private to be something special, but the correct word would have been “separate” since all rooms have a private bathroom – just the rest of them have them en suite. Anyway, my room was right at the top looking out to the front and in fairness before he opened it the owner did warn me of the size – and it was very small, very very small in fact. The lumpy wallpaper, old lightswitch, loose plugs and such all put me in mind of a young offenders institution – which I guess is why the room is only £30 a night!
The area around the hotel is also very rundown – very studenty. At the time of my visit some roadworks were right outside and, as I had to park a few streets away, I had to come out each morning to an area smelling slightly of sewer. The houses next to the place had rubbish in the gardens and on the first night there was a band practice right across the street from my room!
Likewise those that enjoy good food and eating out will not find too much of value in this area.
The breakfast is suitable for those that like fried food and plenty of it – loads of builders were here when I was here, and they seemed to appreciate the high energy input before work!
The general décor is poor and there is little to recommend about the place (god knows how it got such high ratings here), but it is hard to ignore the fact that it is very very cheap. I would have rated a 2 but it is so cheap that 3 is more appropriate – after all, for £30 I got a bed, internet and breakfast, some chains would charge £30 just for some toast and internet access.
If your budget is air-tight then this is your place – but you really need to be aware why this place is as cheap as it is!
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