Behind the rather austere entrance this is a charming traditional city centre hotel. The very high ceilinged rooms are clean, light and airy with an old world charm. None of your modern bland rooms, these have solid wood block floors with rugs, older style furniture and a charm which gives one a feeling of 'coming home' at the end of the day. The en-suite bathrooms are modern, clean and fresh.
The staff are courteous and helpful. I had a minor problem with the shower fixing and they had a handyman in and the problem solved by the next day. Breakfasts are well presented in bright, sunny dining rooms with a wide range of choices from a continental range.
The hotel is very will sited for walking the city being just 5 mins walk from the river and famous Market Hall. A Tesco Expressz (6.00 - 23.00) is just across the way along with a number of shops.
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I found the curtains to be decorative rather than functional and it was a bit of a challenge to get a decent blackout.
In the high heat of summer I was luck to be at the back of the hotel with a shady courtyard providing a cool breeze but the front rooms do appear to be very sunny and therefore warm. Yes they have fans but I wonder how cool the rooms were when heat outside was 30+
One Health and Safety point.
The hotel has a semi circular concrete spiral stair with the lift passing down the centre. In the event of a fire this is the only way out and any semblance of fire doors isolating this vital central exit are not self closing. I'm confident the balconies, doors etc. would offer safe refuge for rescue but if bringing a group or family I'd recommend a 2 min discussion if not sharing the same room.
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