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A Quick Visit to Scunthorpe.
Scunthorpe in General
Member Name: rosiesmum
Scunthorpe in General
Date: 15/08/04, updated on 15/08/04 (244 review reads)
Disadvantages: very dirty , badly run, over priced
A few weeks ago my sister and I had to attend a family funeral in Scunthorpe
We looked on the internet for a nice hotel for our overnight stay but to be quite honest we could only find two that looked reasonable and they both charged about the same eighty pounds for a double room with breakfast.
The Berkeley looked a little bit run down so we opted for the slightly more expensive one and booked a twin room for the one night at The Royal. We were told over the phone that it was very close to the town centre and five minutes away from the railway station by taxi. I must admit the photograph on the internet looked very nice so we were looking forward to a nice treat.
On arrival at the railway station we managed to get a taxi more or less immediately and were at the hotel within five minutes. The car park had dead flower tubs and all up the steps to the main door the flower pots were tatty looking a drop of water once in a while might have given the poor plants a chance to survive. I was not very impressed at all.
The reception area was quiet and the lounge bar was dark and dreary not a guest in sight. Oh dear what have we come to are we the only ones in?
On checking in the receptionist a nice young man made a lewd comment about our allocated room having a double bed and maybe he should look for an available twin bedded room my sister and I are not prudish in any way but the comment was very distasteful, but being the nice pair that we are we ignored the silly comment and trekked off to find our room after requesting an early morning call so that we were up in time for breakfast..
The room was very basic, television, tea and coffee facilities bathroom and a phone that did not work until I pulled the bed out and found that it wasn?t even plugged in.
The window would only open a fraction because the screw on the metal bar was so rusty mind you our room was overlooking a roof top and the guttering was all blocked up and pigeo
n droppings every where so we didn?t really fancy having the window open.
The bathroom was dirty all the tiles around the shower were mouldy and we even found some remains of a Chinese take away under one of the beds
Never mind we were only staying the one night so we thought we would make the most of it. Off to the bar we went, one round was more than enough very expensive at eight pounds twenty for two brandy and cokes?.
(There is an excellent bottle store about two minutes walk from The Royal).
Back in our room with our own refreshments we settled down to watch some television that was working ok
Next morning we were both awake early so went down for breakfast nervously wondering what we were going to be served (the early morning call didn?t happen I don?t think reception was very organized.)
Breakfast was really good I cannot fault it at all. We both went for the full English and cleared our plates. The dining room was light and airy flowers on the table and the waitress was a local lady and so friendly. She informed us that the hotel was being taken over that day and all the staff were waiting to find out if they still had a job.
That will explain why the reception gave us bad service they no longer cared and the dirty room was because the chalet maids had gone on a go slow for the past few weeks, not the best way to ensure keeping your job I would have thought.
I do think the breakfast waitress will be kept on by the new owners she was a nice lady.
Over all I would not go back to this hotel it is very run down and dirty and for the price we paid I think the management had a cheek to charge so much.
Maybe the next time I am in Scunthorpe I will stay in Cleethorpes and commute they have some very nice hotels so I am led to believe.