We booked the Beaufort room at the Caravelli at £90 a night on the basis of the gorgeous looking roll top bath in the en-suite that the description and pictures advertised. The main photo shows a large, elegant bath in front of the large wooden door out of the bathroom- or so it appears.
Upon checking in and being shown into the room I was shocked to see that the bath is right there in the room, the main room, opposite the bed- with a decorative screen in front of it that is purely for effect and totally see-through. The door in the background in the picture, that looks like the door out of the bathroom, is in reality, a door IN to the toilet, which, fortunately, is kept private, despite the bath's presence in the room.
I was pretty taken aback and said "the bath's in the room!" to the proprietor, who asked if this was a problem. To me, it definitely was- there are some things that are better done without an audience, however close you might be, and in my opinion, washing your butt and shaving your armpits are among them.
The proprietor promptly moved us to another room that was fortunately vacant, so quickly that I have to wonder if this is a regular occurrence there. There are only four rooms in the hotel and two of them are slightly cheaper/ smaller (as I am given to understand) than the room we had booked. The second room that we were given that was supposed to be of the same higher standard as the room we booked, but did not have a bath in it at all (which was one of the main reasons for our booking the hotel) but instead, a very small en-suite with a shower- fortunately behind closed doors this time- albeit the sink was in the main room.
The bathroom was described as a spacious en-suite, and I beg to differ here- the sink didn't even fit into it! The shower was very small, with a non-direct-able head, and the bathroom generally presented in the style of bathrooms done on the cheap for buy-to-let landlords.
This was totally out of character with the rest of the room itself, which was beautifully decorated and very nice. Both the bathroom and the bedroom were impeccably clean.
The service we received in general was of a consistently high standard throughout- the room itself, very nice apart from the bathroom and bath issue, although the shaver charger was not working. Also maybe worth mentioning is that the room overlooks a church that rings their bells loudly for half an hour or more on Sunday mornings, as I found out unhappily while I had a slight hangover.
Breakfast was included in the room rate, but we didn't partake on either morning of our stay. We did have a meal in the restaurant on the second night though, which was excellent, so I am sure the breakfast would have been lovely too.
Overall we had a nice stay, but I am disappointed enough about the bathroom problems for the money we paid to think that our visit warrants a relatively mediocre review. I think the Caravelli is rather overpriced given the going rate for similar standard rooms in the town, and the unusual detraction of having the bath in the bedroom in the first room, and no bath at all and an underwhelming en-suite in the second room, was disappointing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In one of Loughborough's oldest buildings, Caravelli offers authentic Italian cuisine and elegant rooms. The bright and airy bedrooms all have wonderful exposed oak beams and period features. Rooms also have a flat screen TV, tea/coffee facilities and private en-suites. ... more less
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