I stayed at the Fines Bayliwick in April 2012 as I was attending a course nearby. I booked through the internet but didn't read any of the reviews on Tripadvisor, I wish I had. The outside of the hotel gives the impression of a once grand building but is now in need of some modernisation. The interior and reception is very much old style furnishing with far eastern decor and heavy drapes with a rather dark atmosphere. If you like modern minimalist decor then this hotel is not for you. The check-in formalities were dealt with swiftly although there was no evening meal available when I arrived. I paid in advance by debit card and was asked if I wanted a breakfast for the next morning for an extra charge of £7.50. I took up the offer.
I was given a key to my room which was on the first floor up a couple of flights of stairs. It was immediately apparent while going to my room the hotel decor was rather worn. Whilst not scruffy it does require considerable refurbishment.
My room was of average size and en-suite. For £50 for the night it was acceptable. The room was warm and there were Freeview channels available although BBC1, BBC2 and some of the other channels weren't available due to a "Weak Signal". I had tea and coffee making facilities and the heating was excellent although I prefer a cool room and so switched the heating off and opened the window. My window looked out over the roof of a conservatory.
The bathroom was nice and clean but the shower controls were not working properly and keeping the heat constant was impossible. It varied between very hot and tepid. The range of toiletries provided was good.
There is free internet which is good at about 2mb download. It occasionally slows up but is not a problem.
The breakfast in the morning was the best thing during my stay. I declined an egg but the bacon, sausage, fresh tomato, mushrooms and toast was excellent. Amongst the best hotel breakfasts I have ever had. A selection of cereals, juices etc were also available.
A big problem is the noise in the rooms. On one side the man next door every few hours appeared to be praying or wailing. I could hear this as clearly as if he was in the same room as me. It was quite disconcerting. I actually made a video and posted it on youtube such was my considerable surprise. He continued periodically throughout the night. I know this isn't the hotels fault but it illustrates the paper thin walls between the rooms. The floorboards in my room creaked loudly with every step and I genuinely felt sorry for the occupants of the rooms below me.
The bed was comfortable with a firm mattress which I prefer. I could have done with another couple of pillows but that is just personal preference. An ironing board and iron is provided and kept in the wardrobe.
There is a garage about a ten minute walk away where you can buy drinks, sandwiches, pies etc should you require these during your stay.
All in all the hotel is just about acceptable but next time I will pay an extra £10-£20 in order to get a quieter room and more comfortable surroundings in a chain hotel of which there are a number nearby.
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