Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
January 11, 2006
The reception area tries hard to be plush, with newspapers spread across a glass table, a large wooden desk and framed pictures on the wall. The uniformed receptionist was efficient but distant, his sometimes offhand manner mitigated by the fact that he happily stored my bags behind the reception desk after I checked out. Although there's no restaurant in the hotel there are plenty in the immediate vicinity.
Reached by lift, the rooms are divided into deluxe and standard quality. The standard rooms all have the same facilities but vary slightly in cleanliness, so it's worth looking at a couple before choosing. My room was large, well-lit and simply furnished, with cable TV, a big double bed, shelves along the wall for holding clothes, a ceiling fan and an electric mosquito zapper. The floor had been swept, the sheets were old but clean, and the lack of street noise was as unexpected a bonus as the complimentary bottle of mineral water and miniature bars of sandalwood scented soap.
The bathroom was big but a little austere, with a western toilet and hot water in the mornings. However, the floor had a tendency to flood if you stayed in the shower for more than a couple of minutes and noise from neighbouring bathrooms carried through the internal ventilation window, covered only by a scrap of dirty curtain.
I looked at a few budget hotels in and around Sri Harsha Road before choosing the SCVDS. It was a little more expensive than some, but the rooms were cleaner, more comfortable, and noticeably bigger. I'd recommend it for a few nights if the four rooms at the nearby Hotel Ritz are booked and you don't want to splash out on one of Sri Harsha's more upmarket hotels.
From journal In and Out of Mysore