For the price we were charged for this room, one would have expected a reasonable standard of fixtures and general appointment but it was a sad disappointment! Had it not been for the unlikelyhood of being able to find alternative accommodation of a better standard nearby at that hour of the evening, we would have checked straight out again! In addition, it had been booked through Last Minute.com and I have found , on a previous occasion, getting back one’s money when it is a third party booking problematical, so we were stuck with it! I’m not one to carp most of the time but this place had me getting out my notebook to jot down things almost as soon as we arrived!
The ‘complimentary’ tea & coffee making facilities had a bowl full of teabags, sugar sachets etc but the teabags were damp and stuck together, obviously not fresh! Yuck!
It was particularly cold when we arrived and the radiators were off. I managed by some judicious fiddling to get one of them (it was a big room) working half heartedly but the second one refused to heat up (although, on our second night there, I did manage with a little fiddling with the valves, to get it slightly warm). The heater in the ensuite appeared to be a fan heater screwed to the roof – probably only just acceptable for bathroom safety standards! The only way to turn this on was a short pull cord but this pull cord would not have been accessible by anyone who could not reach higher that 2.0 metres!
The vanity mirror light over the washbasin in the actual bedroom was not working (and there was no mirror or light near the ensuite basin). I do not use an electric shaver so I was unable to establish if the shaver point on this worked. As it was, I could never get the hot water warm enough to have a decent wet shave, even though I left the tap running for several minutes.
The use of the ensuite in this place needed one to almost be a limbo dancer!
One of my pet hates is toilet seats that won’t stand up when raised for a man to use a toilet. In this place, not only did the seat not stand up but it would be almost impossible for anyone of a larger build (or perhaps very pregnant) to actually access the toilet! Situated in a cramped corner between the shower and the window, the gap between the shower cabinet and the washbasin (the only access to the toilet) was less than width of my hips - and I am a person of slim to average build! – necessitating a “sideways” shuffle to approach it! Even when actually at the toilet, the washbasin was so close that it made manoeuvring for any purpose – either by a male or a female – difficult!
The ensuite shower did work reasonably well but the only form of washing material was an almost empty bottle of the very cheapest shower gel (it had the price on it!). This ran out before our last night but, so poor was the servicing of the room that I had to go and find someone to request a fresh bottle. The whole room gave one the impression of not being properly cleaned. We checked the beds (it was described as a ‘family’ room with a double, two singles and a couple of bunk beds) and rejected the double bed because the pillows and bedding did not seem very fresh. All the beds were very basic with mattresses that would have been only just acceptable in a youth hostel, let alone a room with the tariff this one had! There was a cheap paper globe on the central light and one could see the piles of dead flies and dust retained within it. The top rail of the bunk beds had a very visible layer of dust and had obviously not been wiped for a long time.
All in all, the place was probably just about acceptable as a cheap boarding house but for the price we paid it was a rip off! It clouded our visit to the fair city of Edinburgh and has put me off booking rooms in advance without actually being able to see the room. Now I know why their page on the Last Minute.com site did not show any pictures of the rooms!!
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