I've stayed in this hotel four times now as I often have to come to the area on business. The question is, why do I keep coming back?
Well ... good things first. The hotel is clean, the staff are friendly and the breakfast is just fine. The hotel itself is on the edge of the main shopping/restaurant area of Morpeth, next the the lovely Carlisle Park (great for runners - just carry on along the river to access open countryside) and kids. There is a slightly wacky security system of locked internal doors (is crime in Morpeth really that bad?) but I'm not complaining.
Bed was a bit too soft for me, but comfortable.
On the downside ... the hotel is very scruffy and while the room I was in this time around (room 2) had obviously been redecorated, some of the old fittings had been moved back in (including some awful faded framed prints) which rather spolt the effect. Bathroom has cracked tiles and black grout in places, although the shower was powerful (even if it was held in place by a block of plywood). Bizarrely, the new furniture in the room had no drawers - anywhere - which meant that you couldn't put anything away even if you wanted to. Shower gel/shampoo holder was empty - which I wouldn't mind normally, but I'd forgotten my shampoo.
No hairdryer in the room but I borrowed one from reception.
Pub downstairs is well decorated but the beer is awful and the volume on the TV was on at full volume (with no-one watchng) when I was there, which didn't make for a good atmosphere, particulary as it was for a rather violent film. But there are plenty of better pubs in Morpeth so no worries there.
So, fine for a business trip or overnight stay if you're not spending long in the hotel (since it's clean, safe and friendly) but not a place for a long stay or romantic weekend.
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