Nuthall Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 6AZ
Telephone: 0115 979 4949
Fax: 0115 979 4744 „
I stayed over at the Gateway for a meeting in Nottingham during June 2008.
My stay was easily one of the worst I have ever had when staying in a hotel for work.
While first impressions were ok; lots of trees, a nice "moat" (well watery ponds in front of the building), things started to go down hill quickly when I arrived inside.
The lobby area looks cheap and old fashioned, more like an old service station than a comfortable modern hotel.
The staff were fine and check in quick, but then the walk to the room.
The carpet in the corridors looks like it was host to a 16 year olds birthday party, with stains all over it. The corridors smelled of smoke.
When I arrived at my "non smoking" room I was truly disgusted. The room had must have been lived in by a heavy smoker as it reeked of stale smoke, the window was open obviously to try and help but it really didn't.
The bathroom had been cleaned but you can't really clean off moldy floors, corners and the joint around the bath.
I didn't even want to sit on the bed let alone strip off and get in it.
To add insult to injury the room phone was broken so I couldn't request a different room without going back down to reception.
They did give me a cleaner, better and less smelly room for which I was eternally grateful. However I met 5 colleges in the bar and each of them had similar problems to me. One was moved from a room smelling of sick to one smelling of smoke (probably my first room).
If this hotel was the only one available for my next overnigher I would rather stay at home and get up at 04.30 than stay here again.
On the 3rd of August, hubbie and I set off for a romantic weekend in Nottingham. I wanted to surprise him for his BIG 40 birthday, so I booked the hotel with Superbreak.com(see my other op). Everything went to schedule and we arrived at 8.30pm, just in time for our evening meal at 9.00pm. On arrival we parked our car in the massive car park, we had no trouble finding a space, it must have held about 500 cars or more. The hotel was called The Nottingham Gateway, it has only recently been built in the last few years. The driveway to the hotel leads you from the big iron gates to the sight of a lovely lake in front of the hotel. The facade is all glass, loads of it, all shiney and modern looking. We entered the lobby, which was spacious, there was a small reception area and a few sofas and tables scattered around. The floor was marble,which made it look quite exclusive. There was a see through lift going up to the first and second floors in the middle of the reception area. There were also lifts for those not liking that sort of thing. On checking in the staff were friendly, we were asked to leave our car registration number and just sign a card which we were meant to show at mealtimes. They didn't ask to see our receipt from Superbreak. The key was on an enormous keyring/fob, there was no trouble finding that in my handbag. We went up in the see through lift, it's the first time we had , had the pleasure of going in one, little things please us,(ssh don't spoil it). There were only two floors, we had the second floor, room 210, strange thing is that is my branch code in the shop where I work. I knew I wouldn't forget that number. The rooms were quite spacious, probably on the par of a Comfort Inn. We had a double bed, there was also a single bed to dump our dirty clothes on hee hee. We had a teletext TV, a coffee maker along with coffee, tea, drinking chocolat
e and biccies. There was also a hairdryer, which was a bit tempermental, and also a trouser presser. We had a wardrobe, dressing table, plenty of lights and lamps,and a couple of large mirrors. There on the bedside table was a notepad with a picture of the hotel on, this found it's way into my bag, don't know how like. There was even a sewing kit, it's also still there, didn't fancy that one. The bathroom was a little bit on the tatty side, the walls had marks on them as though something had been ripped off the walls. It looked as though this area should have been tiled and they had forgotten about it. It was useable though, the bath was clean, there was a power shower over the bath, and it had a lovely shower curtain, I was tempted to nick that but I thought they may have noticed.LOL. The toilet was clean, plenty of loo roll and lots of smellies, sorry not the poo type but smellies as in bubble bath, shower gel and shampoo. Time for evening meal, we went down to the restaurant, it was a carvery. You had to wait for someone to escort you to a table, that's after checking your room number, you can also eat there and pay if you like, you don't have to be a resident. We were quickly pounced upon by a young male wanting to know what drinks we would like. I asked for a bottle of sparkling wine, he came back with Asti Spumante for £17.50, now don't call me tight but I think it only costs about £5.00 in M&S, they charge you £10 just to uncork it, so I believe. Still it was hubbies 40th, cheers bigears. All around us were people celebrating birthdays, weddings etc, they even had balloons and party poppers on their tables. Me and hubbie just had the cork to keep popping, I didn't know they would do things like that for parties. Next the waitress came to order our starters, I had 4 Thai Mini Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Sauce on, David had an enormou
s Prawn Cocktail, he had to pay an extra £3 for that. The next bit was self service, there was a section where the carvery was and you got the choice of about five different meats, steak pie, fish etc. There wasn't much choice after that, they only had carrots and cauliflower, and new potatoes or hard roast potatoes. It was just short of mash potatoes, chips or even salad. The desserts were brought to you, the trouble is there was no sticky toffee pudding in sight, David had to make do with Chocolate Cake, me , I just had cheese and biscuits. After the meal, you could either go to the bar which was almost empty, or listen to the pianist playing Shopping Centre type music, or play Scrabble in one of the other rooms, we decided on the local pub. It was only a short walk away, in fact there were a few pubs nearby. There was also a petrol station, which was handy. During the day, there was a coffee bar, which we didn't go in, it was really just a small section located off the side of the restaurant. Day two, we went down for breakfast, this again was self service. You could have a choice of cereals in Mini size packs, grapefruit, yoghurts, croissants, or toast and a cooked breakfast. There were sausages, bacon, beans, tomatoes, eggs, mushrooms, hashbrowns. They ran out of toast one day, I asked a cook to make some and within minutes she had made enough for three people. During the day, we went to American Adventure, then came back at teatime to get ready for Rock World. I decided to put on the TV, there was nothing on only Bruces Price is Right. I pressed the pay per view button, and didn't really take any notice of what was on, I pressed the number 3 button to take me back to Brucie, then all of a sudden a pair of Boobies appeared before me. Oh S**T, I've gone and ordered a Blue Movie, I then pressed another button to get rid of it, the next picture was of a couple
bonking. Bloody hell that was easy, what if there were children about. I went down to reception and spoke to a girl there, I explained that I'd accidentally ordered a pair of Boobies, being the polite person that Iam. Oh yeah, she said smirking, as if it's by accident. She got a male member of staff out and said this woman has ordered a pair of TITS, do you have to put it that way I said, after all this is meant to be a nice hotel. He said, I could have left it on as the first ten minutes are free, I didn't want to upset my hubbies ticker now hes' 40, ha ha. Apparently the films are charged at £5.95, for as long as you can take it, 2 minutes if you are a dirty old man. We had our evening meal, this time I had a Cider and david a pint of bitter. It was £1.10 for the cider and £2.50 for the bitter, that's more like it. David had soup to start, I had melon. The carvery was similar, with the exception of Chicken Curry and some sort of casserole. Same old rubbish roast potatoes though, oh well, they came in handy to throw at the gobby receptionist. All in all, a good hotel, the staff were friendly really, we got a newspaper everyday, even though we had to pay 50p for it, it did arrive early though about 6am, sometimes it even woke us up being shoved under the door. The price was £153 for the two of us for Bed, breakfast and Evening Meal for two days, not bad eh? This was booked with www.superbreak.com, I would recommend them. The price at the hotel was £200. There was also a room for wedding functions, Birthday parties etc, they even used it as a convention centre for businesses.