Durham, United Kingdom
April 10, 2005
Okay, as for facilities. The rooms are quite large, clean, warm, and well equipped. The beds are big and comfy. There are several TV channels, including a sports channel. Breakfast involved a good range of standard British hot and cold choices of a decent quality. The lunches we had as part of the conference package were less impressive, with soup or salad to start, followed by a limited and uninspiring choice of hot main courses. The leisure facilities were pretty good for a hotel. There was a reasonably sized pool; it was smallish, but there was a well-equipped gym and a sauna. This was free to guests.
To put the lodging into perspective, it’s on the edge of a sprawling industrial cum retail estate. Aberdeen is a major centre for the North Sea Oil companies, and many have offices and facilities nearby. Hence, Ill bet the hotel feeds almost exclusively off these companies and their employees. That means you'll tend to get the doesn't-need-to-try-too-hard service that is typical of this scenario, and if you are on a genuine holiday, you may find yourself pining after a few human touches.
Recommendation? Good for business if your work is nearby and okay for a single night stopover, but it will fall short for holiday-makers on an extended stay.
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