I stayed at The Strand Hotel for one night in November 2015. The reservation was made by someone else and it was therefore not my choice. I paid US$ 90. The hotel is in a dilapidated part of town and thus not particularly welcoming. The room I stayed in was small with a balcony overlooking a rather well-worn apartment block. The room is small but clean although also well-worn. The bed was fine but the sheets have seen better days. There is no bedside stand or lamp. The room has only one power point, for the TV (which had 5 channels). The wifi is good when it is working but infrequently cuts out. There is no space in the room to put one’s luggage down as it is simply too small. The cupboard has only hanging space. There is a small desk area. There are no coffee making facilities in the room although there was a chipped cup and saucer.
A cleaner started sweeping the yard outside the room at 0615 and this was rather noisy as well as the staff preparing the breakfast.
The bathroom has a basin, toilet and shower. Water for the shower is heated with a device attached to the shower head that needs to be switched on outside the bathroom. This electrical device also had some exposed wiring making for a rather nervous shower experience. Guests not familiar with this system will have a cold shower, not that the water is terribly hot when used correctly. The toilet had no seat or cover and did not flush properly. There is no bathmat and the tiled floor is rather slippery. There is no hot water at the basin, so no shaving. There is no soap tray in the shower. Guests are provided with one towel and if you like showering in the evening and morning, as I do, the towel will still be damp in the morning.
I ordered a T-Bone steak with “creamy pepper sauce” for supper, except that the sauce did not arrive. When I queried this, I was told that they are out of pepper sauce. I requested that the price therefore be adjusted accordingly. The waiter and chef refused this request. I made my annoyance known but to no avail. The steak was tough and overcooked, the fries soggy and brown and the plate had a large chip in it. The service was slow and unsure.
In overview, I would not recommend this hotel as it is overpriced, the staff attitude, dishonesty, and poor quality of the bathroom.
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