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The Naffest B&B In Town!
I'd booked this one through booking.com mainly on the basis of price and partly for its location. Unfortunately none of the other cheapish central places that I know had any availability for my dates and there were no deals available for the classier hotels.
This just has to be the naffest B&B in town. Reception was friendly enough and the staff throughout were pleasant and helpful but that's about the only good thing I've got to say about the place.
My single room was tiny, so small that I couldn't open the wardrobe door without moving the bed. There was nothing remotely resembling a worktop unless you count the bedside cabinet which was already occupied by the tea and coffee making facililities. The freebie WiFi was very patchy, good when it was working but totally unreliable, and so it was fortunate that I had my mobile O2 connection which was fine.
The room was clean but scruffy with stained carpets, scuffed walls and peeling paint on the sash window. The towel provided could have doubled as a facecloth, and a very thin one at that, and my shower refused to provide hot water no matter how I jiggled the control.
Breakfast just wasn't worth getting up for - there was serve yourself toast (cheap supermarket bread) and cereals and the coffee was OK but the hot choice consisted of eggs, eggs or eggs and when I ordered the poached eggs on my first morning that's exactly what I got - two poached eggs on an otherwise bare plate. The dining room itself was a bit scruffy and cramped and whilst I was early enough to get a clean unused table I noticed the later arrivals had to sit at uncleared places.
The building itself is a characterless Victorian terrace house with as many rooms as possible patched together in what was probably quite a spacious home. This meant the walls were thin and there was constant noise from the opening and closing of doors and people walking in the corridors.
All of this would have been tolerable had it been really cheap but at £45 a night with shared toilet facilities this just wasn't any sort of value for money.
Unique Quality: The location, just down from St James Park railway station, suited my purposes and it is close to the top end of the High Street.
Directions: From the Sidwell end of the High Street go downhill along Longbrook St and turn right at the bottom - easy enough to find.
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