by Krys T
Somerset, United Kingdom
November 30, 2005
This hotel is located right on the main semi-pedestrianised shopping street in Houlgate. All 35 of us stayed here, in various configurations of room and requirement.
My husband, I, and the mob shared a two bedroom suite - with shower/WC, one double bed room, and one twin room. It was set in the seemingly more modern annex that walls two sides of the garden/courtyard at the back of the hotel, on the first floor. The decor was modern and fresh, if not overly luxurious. Perfectly functional, with enough hanging space, and a really funky coat/hat stand! There was a TV in the kid's room - handy for those early morning starts.....
A couple of niggles - there was no hook to hang the shower up on, so you had to hold it and spray over yourself. The shower curtain didn't work that well, so the shower room floor tended to flood. Also there wasn't much toilet paper, so I had to ask for more.
Being 35 of us, and with a breakfast room that serves 16 or so - we had to eat in two shifts. Having children for alarm clocks, we took the earliest morning one. Breakfast was standard continental - nothing fancy, but the coffee was hot, and the hot chocolate not too much so (good for kids), so that did the job.
The hotel does have a bar, but we didn't use it, and when we did come back after dinner, it was all shut up, so we went to the bar down the road for a nightcap. I don't know if this is normal, or just because we were there so out of season.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, and each of the children in our party got a free cute pen (not a publicity one!) when we all checked out, which was a very sweet touch. They coped very well with our party - 35 at once, and as far as I know, no one had any complaints. It's a reasonably priced, incredibly central, hotel, and okay, so it's not the lap of luxury, but it served us very well indeed.
From journal Taking the Town to Houlgate