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Hotel Ibis (Carlisle)
Member Name: jipp05
Hotel Ibis (Carlisle)
Advantages: Location, Cleanliness
I used to live in Carlisle up north in Cumbria and I still have many friends who live there so I go up to visit often.
I usually choose to stay in a bed and breakfast that im familiar with as the service there is so good but on the occasions it's fully booked I will book myself into the Ibis.
Now to anyone familiar with the ibis brand the one in Carlisle is pretty much the same as every other Ibis in the country which is somewhat comforting as you know what to expect. There is a 24 hour reception with a bar attached to it and a dining room where you can get meals and the breakfast is served. Then there are lifts to the different floors opposite the reception desks.
The rooms themselves are clean and comfortable if not luxuriously appointed but in this price bracket you would not expect anything too luxurious. The bathrooms are also all the same in every Ibis with a walk in shower and no baths.
In the room itself there is usually a double bed or 2 twins, a TV where you can also access movies and internet for a cost and a kettle with 2 mugs, some sachets of coffee, sugar, and tea.
Now this is all familiar territory for any Ibis as they are all exactly the same no matter which one you stay in so what else does the Carlisle Ibis offer over its budget rivals such as travel lodge?
Well first of all its location on Botchergate the main street with the bars and clubs mean it is the best location in town for people who enjoy a night out. On a Saturday night the street is absolutely heaving with people on a night out which if you are also then it's perfect, however if you are in Carlisle for a quite weekend it's definitely not the hotel for you as there are lots of drunk people outside the hotel all night and also the party quite often continues into the hallways outside your room.
Also the additions of burly bouncers on the doors on Saturday makes you feel a little intimidated when returning to the hotel but i suppose in practise with so many drunk people around it's a good thing.
When I have stayed at the Ibis it is only Saturday night there is this problem (or a good thing depending how you look at it) and the hotel and Botchergate return to a much more sedate pace every other night of the week.
The hotel is literally 2 minutes walk from the train station and it also has a large car park round the back which is free for guests.
To reach the town centre of Carlisle is also literally 2 minutes walk and the castle and Tully house museum can be reached in about 5 minutes.
When I stayed it cost me the grand total of £39 per night which i thought was s a total bargain.
The staff were all really friendly and went out of their way to help me with forward booking and answering my questions and all with a smile on their face which is a rarity these days.
In conclusion I'd definitely recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a cheap hotel in Carlisle in a good location but not for families or anyone else wanting somewhere peaceful on a Saturday night.
For the money you get a comfortable spotlessly clean room in a central location what more could you ask for?
Summary: Clean comfortable room in a central location
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