The hotel has great potential but needs some dynamism. Renovation is urgently needed. The staff are all fine, in fact could be considered an untapped gold-mine, though it seemed that they have become somewhat jaded through routine; their well-meant interactions with guests are sometimes met by puzzled looks. Also, reflecting the historical feel of the property, they could do with some newer snappy traditional uniforms. It’s all a bit “shirt tails hanging out”.
The breakfast, which can often be a focal point of any stay, is lack-lustre in content and haphazard in delivery. What comes out of the kitchen otherwise, varies a lot and seldom is the full menu actually available. Judging from our room, they need redecorating, painting, grouting, some of the furniture replacing (chairs, beds) and roller-blinds mending. Plumbing needs attention in the shower and there really should be running hot water in a 3 star hotel! It’s a cold start in the winter, not to mention the wasted water as we try to run it for minutes to see if it will run just tepid.
We personally were happy not to have TV, but a limited number of international satellite stations would be a plus.
As their publicity vaunts, it is a fascinating hotel of “faded splendour”. With the accent on the former, it is a great little place to stay a few days for the seasoned traveller – very interesting, friendly, secure, noisy and cheap.More
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