Stayed in room 508, which is a split level mezzanine style room.
Looking at the manager's comments on another review, it would seem like this room has now been refurbished but I would still like to give my review, as that is what TA is about. However, I must add that it must have been the quickest refurbishment ever, as I only stayed there two weeks ago!
Firstly, this review is about the practicalities of this apartment from my point of view, as a woman. It is not about whether my points are good or bad but how they affect me as a traveller.
Ok, so here we go.
On entering the apartment, it didn't appear as big as on the website photos, although I can appreciate as someone who works in real estate, that they are only a guide.
It was clean overall and smelt fresh.
The kitchen area was very handy and the fixtures of a good quality. There was plenty of cutlery etc, although no ice bucket or champagne flutes, which is useful to know if you are celebrating an occasion there and fancy a bottle of fizz.
Some of the glasses in the cupboard however, were not clean. Tea towels and dishwasher tablet provided, so good!
The downstairs living area was pleasant and plenty of seating area. The floor is wooden, which is good from a housekeeping point of view but took away some of the cosiness and added a starkness and is rather noisy, as wood floors are.
Downstairs is a bathroom. Nice and modern. Rainfall shower, which always looks good but from a woman's point of view means a lot of water overload on the shower cap and then performing some weird movements in order to wash your neck without soaking your head!
There was a shower attachment to the bath, which was fantastic but no shower screen on the bath, so showering really needs to be in the rainfall shower.
I realise by now, you are probably thinking that this all sounds a bit petty! Well, you could be right but I want to try to give some useful information.
The floor of the downstairs area was a bit scratched, as was the inside of the cupboard, which also had some damage (minimal hanging space for more than a one night stay) and as had been said a few times, pink expanding foam visible from the joists, which is slapdash and whoever did it should have been made to put it right at the time!
The mezzanine bedroom is a decent size but not big enough to incorporate anything other than a big, lovely, comfy bed and a couple of bedside tables.
There is no dressing table, no mirror and no wardrobe or any drawers upstairs.
If you want to get dressed, you need to go down stairs to the wardrobe and then bring your clothes upstairs again but as there is no mirror upstairs, you need to go down again to check how you look.
As there is no dressing table and mirror combination either upstairs up or downstairs, you will need to bring your own mirror if you want to apply make up as women usually do when hitting the town. There are none at reception.
You can sit in front of the only mirror at the foot of the staircase but you will have to put all your make up/ hair products on the floor.
I didn't wash my hair as we only stayed for one night but the hairdryer (powerful) is in the bathroom.
The mirror in the bathroom is steam free, which is good but only good if you are happy to stand in a steamy and potentially hair frizzing room, whilst drying your hair. As my hair is long, this is totally impractical, as I need to sit down and keep well away from any moisture! So again, if this is the case for you, then you will have to sit at the bottom of the stairs and put all your products on the floor.
The staircase is obviously creaky and noisy but at least you wouldn't have to take a big suitcase up there (well you couldn't even if you wanted to) as the wardrobe is downstairs, as previously stated.
The small wc on the bedroom level is very handy but no mirror over the sink.
You could hear noise from other rooms but that would be a mammoth task to sort out and not very realistic to do after the building has already been built! Didn't bother me though, as generally, I have had a glass or two of red if I am staying away and that aids sleep rather well!
Would I stay again? Possibly!
Price wise, it was pretty good and many of these problems that I encounter with mirrors and plugs and hairdryers, tend to be in all types and levels of hotels because by and large, they are designed by men.
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