My room on the top floor was small and tidy, with varnished stained wood furniture, but the textured finish on the cream-coloured walls and ceiling magnified every trace of smoke and dirt. Big old cast iron radiator badly needed bleeding. But the bedroom was light, airy and comfortable, with dormer window overlooking the street, and bedside light, satellite TV and other electrics all working as intended. Bathroom across the corridor, with huge deep bath and power shower, and hand basin in the room.
All the doors in the hotel had an inch cut off the bottom, allowing smoke and noise to drift around unchecked. I never worked out why, but this hotel may not be as dull as I thought. I glimpsed scarlet satin sheets in some of the other rooms.
Nothing special, but good value where I wanted to stay (and the only budget hotel in Krefeld, as far as I could see). 35 euro a night for single room including adequate breakfast.
London, United Kingdom
July 5, 2003
From journal for Ryanair addicts