LIke many buildings in this area, the Parliament Hotel seems to have been built in the dreadful sixties, when cheapskate developers were demolishing nice old buildings to erect unimaginative ticky-tack. So the Parliament has had to convert a sick building into a decent hotel, and has succeeded better than one could have imagined. Yes, the bad design remains, the passages are claustrophbically narrow, the lift arrives with a thump,the bathrooms are not exacly sumptuous (though perfectly serviceable) and the plumbing is all too audible. But everything is clean and fresh, the rooms are spacious, and above all the service is superb, with a personal touch you wouldn't find in larger, more expensive establishments. The breakfast, again, is adequate rather than lavish, but the hot dishes are cooked on demand and thus fresh and appetising. And, of course, the location is ideal for the city centre; not exactly glamorous, but convenient and fairly safe.
All in all, this is a very good value hotel. That said, if you're a light sleeper, this may not be for you: the double glazing is quite effective, but doesn't blot out all sound, and certainly not the internal noises of other people's plumbing. Also, if you like the latest bathroom fittings, go elsewhere; ditto if you dote on large breakfast buffets. All those can be had at the Town House next door, at roughly twice the price.More
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included