My wife and I stayed here with about 20 other relatives as we were all attending a wedding. First impressions from the outside are of a lovely market town hotel and indeed upon entering everything looks welcoming and comfortable. However it all changed once we got to our room. The room itself was very small with a bathroom that you couldnt get 2 people in! The main problem for us was the fact that one of the 2 main windows was painted shut! This wouldnt normally be a problem but the weekend of the wedding was scorching hot and our bedroom was like a sauna!
The first night we couldnt sleep due to the heat so I tried ringing reception to see if they had a fan, 20 mins I tried with no success. In the end we decided to get up and go downstairs to get a drink, sit outside and cool off. Once at reception we spoke to night porter who admitted that they had employed shoddy decorators who'd painted most of the windows in the hotel shut and not just our room! Apparently they were due to be sorted, such a shame it hadnt already been done.
Going back to our room we moved the bed closer to the one open window. This was a mistake as upon moving the bed we revealed some old discarded food on the carpet. Obviously the bed hadnt been moved for a long long time. We eventually got to sleep only to be woken up first thing in the morning by the kitchen staff banging and crashing utensils and plates (our room was opposite the kitchens) and talking at the top of their voices.
Its such a shame that this hotel is let down by the points above. The food is lovely and the bar staff along with the staff in the restaurant were great. Come here for a meal by all means but dont stay in any of the rooms if you want a comfortable stay.
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