We stayed here over the weekend of the Half Marathon. Like others we were nervous in view of the mixed reviews – I emailed the hotel well in advance requesting a “Room with a View” and we ended up on the top floor. That is probably my main (tentative) conclusion from all the reviews and our own experience – avoid the basement and aim high! Also one or two ground floor rooms appeared to look out onto some building work.
But I have to say that we were very impressed with the hotel. We are not particularly fussy about designer furniture and furnishings, just functionality – the décor was 'interesting' but absolutely fine. In fact some of the oddities, like the grotesque bar stools had their own appeal! The bar was satisfactory, comfortable, and cleanly decorated, though the range of drinks was limited (eg 3 brandies on the tariff, but only 1 (different) one of dubious 'spanish holiday' quality was actually available, and there was bottled lager but no beer 'on tap').
Our room (No 2) had an impressive view over Bath. It was not big, but quite satisfactory. It helps to be able to climb a couple of flights of stairs, but they weren't difficult (at least with overnight bags – 30kg cases might be more of a problem!). The ensuite was a bit cramped; the shower pressure was good but the temperature control was not – very hot or stone cold, especially at peak times. The bed headboard was a curious furry thing which made reading in bed a bit of an itchy experience. But everything was clean. We did have to ask for tea/coffee/milk top-ups as the room staff forgot to replenish them – plentiful supplies were provided immediately, with apologies. The TV was a modern plasma one and the range of channels was pretty good (mainly Freeview).
There was certainly no smell of curry during our stay (let alone any 'stink'). Almost a shame, as we had been looking forward to one when we got there, but the chef was off. So do not rely on an evening meal on arrival unless you arrange it. We went down to the local pub (The Bear) which has been recommended by the hotel and does very good food and ale.
The breakfast was extremely good, and prompt once ordered, but make sure you get someone's attention to take the order if they don't materialise reasonably quickly. The buffet had an extensive range, including (very) fresh fruit, cereals and a few sorts of bun-type bread. The cooked breakfast was excellent, especially if you like a traditional 'full English' (we do) as there aren't the alternatives which are sometimes available, such as kippers or smoked salmon. Toast is DIY, some slots quick, some slow (elements a bit weak)!
We found all the staff very polite and helpful, and the Indian lady who seemed to be the 'management' was charming - we certainly had no language issues with any of the staff. There are city-centre short-cut directions at reception you can take, which are extremely useful, and the website directions for the bus are spot on.
Basically, a definite 'Thumbs Up'! We will be more than happy to come here again next year if our 'youngsters' do the Bath run again in 2013.
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