The hotel looks wonderful on arrival and the reception and main communal areas all look grand and suitably imposing. However, the modern restaurant, decor in the rooms and "tasteful" soft porn on the walls of the gents toilets make you feel as though you are moving between several decades as you make use of the hotel. It does not work.
The rooms are not cheap and are not particularly well-appointed. All the basic facilities are there but there are also odd features which many hotels left behind in the 1980s, for example, glass tops used to cover the dressing table and bedside cabinets, tissue boxes placed inside material covers and dated pastel colours used throughout the room. The double bed was on the small side for a hotel.
The food in "Brazz" aspires to that of a brasserie but falls well-short and basic adherence to the menu is a real problem for them. For example, the "French Fries" were the same chips served with each meal despite stating that the meal would be served with French Fries and when tried, they had been cooked in old oil that had the taste of other foods through them. A meal for one with two courses and a glass of wine including service was about £38. Very expensive for what you got.
Breakfast at £15 per person was poor value for money and essentially a basic "full-English" but served in a pleasant dining room.
The staff were a delight. They were friendly, helpful and willing to assist - a credit to the hotel.
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