My room was small, so the wide double bed took up most of the floor space. One straight-back chair but no work desk – which means that the only place you can put your cup of tea/dram is on the floor beside your chair – and the one essential email I did send was typed standing up with the laptop on the wardrobe shelf. Single width wardrobe with shelves adjacent – 50% occupied by tea tray and towels. Other rooms may well be bigger and have better facilities but, as I’d just been moved from the Austin Hotel and was leaving for the airport at 02.40, I just wanted to settle-in for the evening.
Twin power socket that only takes one adapter at a time (ok for two standard euro-plugs). Complimentary bottled water – no mini-fridge nor safe. Compact shower room where the water runs over the floor to a drain by the toilet pan (my morning shower resulted in the floor being completely flooded). Air con – but needed help to get it to change temp/fan speed. On that subject – there was no remote for the tv (but I did find a U-21’s Azerbaijan v Ireland football game to watch … 3-1 to Ireland). In a back street area some way from the main shopping and restaurant area, and not one that I’d feel comfortable walking at night. Noted that bed linen and towels were clean and fresh – but no bedside table(s) or lamps, so have to be out of bed to switch-off/on ceiling light.
Finally – might not be out in the sticks, but not exactly ‘central’ either. And finally – realised (fortunately at a not-desparate time) that the toilet-roll dispenser was on its last sheet (pun not intended) and no spare in the room.
Noted that the young staff were very keen to help and fixed everything quickly – but feel that this hotel needs better forward thinking from management – particulary noticable when I finally got into this double bed to find that the duvet was a single put on sideways – so my feet stuck out the bottom until I swivelled it around.
As it happens, I was only here for one night due to booking mix-up between client and regular hotel – won’t happen again (he hopes!).