I stayed in this hotel last night (Sept 2013) and I wish I could get that night off my life back. I travel a lot with work and I can categorically say this is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, and I have stayed in some rough ones!
As other reviews have stated the hotel is down a manky alley with numerous dodgy types hanging around outside. We initially went to the entrance of the Grand Colombier which we found chained shut and had to enter through the next door entrance to the Aberdeen. The lobby looks like a drop in centre for homeless people having once been decorated sometime in the last 50 years. The chap behind the counter was ok but didn't exactly provide a warm welcome. We were given rooms 9 and 10 and told they were on the second floor. No such luxury as a lift we headed in the direction of the stairs. En route we noticed the reason for the chaining shut of the main entrance. This vestibule was stuffed full of skanky old mattresses, nice fire hazard!
The concept of lights on a tight windy stairs was clearly alien to this hotel and you have to find the push button to see the way. My room (room 10) could best be described as hideous. The floor was a wood effect vinyl, with numerous cigarette burns marring the surface. The bed was reminiscent of one in a prison (I do work in Prisons so I know what I am talking about her), with a metal frame, thin mattress and open metal springs. The other noticeable thing was lots of wires trailing around the place for the TV etc. The bathroom was even worse. The vanity unit containing the sink wasn't attached to the wall and had a 5cm gap at the back. The shower looked hideous and the toilet not much better. My colleague had room 9 and didn't fair much better. His room had a similar metal bed, but this time with a fine bend in the middle. The room only had a single socket which all the electrical items in the room daisy chained from this room. Unfortunately this socket didn't seem to work. HIs bathroom had a carpet, really!, with a number of indescribable stains. His shower featured a frosted window onto the landing. Neither of us had any hot water for a shower in the morning.
We decided to leave early and skip breakfast.
Unless you live in a rubbish dump of have masochistic tendencies I would highly recommend you avoid this hotel.
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