From the pictures on Expedia I expected shabby, which was acceptable for one night at half the price of other local hotels, but in fact the room was very pleasant and clean. Would definitely stay again.
Where do I start? We booked a night for a family do nearby, a good night's sleep would prepare us for a hectic day. Our early evening arrival was greeted with locked doors and noone answering the bell. In the end we called the hotel number to be answered by a less than welcoming voice. She reluctantly gave us the code to get in and then talked us through the check-in procedure - not sure I've ever checked myself in before, but there's a first time for everything. Our room was actually ok - except for the curtains which didn't work. We resorted to safety pins to keep them drawn so we could get some privacy from the outside world. The room supposedly had free wifi. Great, we thought. sadly not as we had no key, so no internet access. At least the TV worked! We had booked bed AND breakfast. We should have guessed. We scoured the building for breakfast, but nothing. And nobody. Rather like the Marie Celeste the building was deserted. My partner called the hotel number again to be told that the management were out of the country, she was the caretaker and wasn't expecting to provide us with the breakfast we had paid for. To top all of this, the sign in the grounds outside the front of the hotel clearly shows 4 AA stars. I do have a vague understanding of the star ratings used by such as the AA and really don't think that the Gatwick Inn passes muster. Perhaps somebody has a mischevious sense of humour, but we didn't see the joke. I should add the bathroom was nice!
Our host was incredibly kind as I had accidentally booked the wrong day and therefore turned up a day early. Our lovely host still made us welcome. Dropped us in Walton and advised of some good restaurants. We were not disappointed at his recommendations.
We had a full cooked breakfast which was freshly cooked and fantastic.
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