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Reviews of Menzies Swindon, Swindon

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Review by Anonymous on 11th April, 2008

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Good Points: The hotel was satisfactory but like many hotels of its type the rooms are small and cramped and the lounge facilities lacking in real comfort. I am increasing staying in Premier Travel Inns because they offer very large, bright spacious rooms and have no tedious ramping of room rates from their 'basic' room cost to the supposed higher cost of 'better' or 'executive' rooms. I got a good internet booking rate for this hotel but otherwise their rates of £105 and beyond cannot be justified for what you get. Coupled with having to park in a public carpark and pay £6 for the priviledge I think hotels like this will not survive against the often superior facilities of premier travel inns. Bad Points: My room had what looked like a wardrobe door but when I opened it to hang a suit I found myself staring into a long full height pipe duct disappearing into the distance. If I had a child in the room I would have been very alarmed. Breakfast was the usual uninspiring array of very basic choices and favourless coffee. Most of us have stayed in hotels abroad and enjoyed the often beautiful breakfast choices - no wonder the UK has a poor record for food if hotels like this are your experience of Britain. I didn't get to sample dinner as the receptionist informed me at 7.30 that I couldn't get a table to about 8.3o. However, on examining the menu I had no desire to wait as it was a list of basic foods all described in the most pretenious language and naturally at a high price. I walked into the town centre and was eating a good pasta dish by 7.50. General review: I would not have booked if I had known that carparking was in a public carpark. I was advised to park on the third floor but couldn't see any reason why as I passed the empty first and second floors. Then I had to drag my suitcase down three flights of stairs because I wouldn't trust a lift in this largely empty carpark with no sign of any security or anyone around. I would not advise single women to park there as very empty, many dark corners and very insecure feeling.

Date visited: 2008-04-11

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