Narracott

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Reviews of Narracott Hotel, Woolacombe

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Review by Jen on 2nd May, 2006

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The Narracott Hotel looked modern and clean from the outside and we were greeted by a very polite and friendly man at reception who spent quite a while searching for a room in the almost full hotel (all good signs we thought, except that the swimming pool was closed for maintenance) and we could afford the room. Without asking to see the room, we paid (big mistake), moved the car into the hotel car park and went upstairs. The room looked like something from a dodgy motel rather than the smart-looking hotel we saw from downstairs. The decor was dated, the bedspread could have been found in a charity shop or your Great Aunt Maud's house, the room was dark and dingy, the furniture was old and tatty, and the bathroom was tiny. We asked to move rooms but were moved to an even worse one. The furniture looks like something you'd find in a skip or a house abandoned in the 1980s and the view was of peeling paint and the dirty walls of the hotel. After another request to move rooms we were given a nicer one, but it was still pretty grim, with the most imposing wardrobe you have ever seen. The bathrooms in each room consisted of pale turquoise/blue tiling (which was falling off or bulging suspiciously in many places) and a blue suite with mouldy seal and grout around the bath. The corridors all over the hotel are narrow, claustrophobic and musty, and contain some crazy steps in the least likely places which make carrying heavy luggage very tiring (there is a lift, but there are stairs everywhere so you will need to carry luggage up and down small flights even if you get a lift to your floor). Having said that, the breakfast was nice with a good choice from kippers to croissants as well as a "full" English (one sausage, one fried egg, one piece of bacon, one tomato, a spoonful of beans and half a slice of fried bread), the staff were extremely helpful and polite (even when we kept asking to change rooms!) and our final room did have a bit of a sea view which was nice. My advice on this hotel is to steer well clear if you are looking for somewhere attractive and modern or even just comfortable, but if the room doesn't bother you and you want a convenient location and friendly staff more than anything, go for it. Most importantly, ASK TO SEE THE ROOM BEFORE YOU HAND OVER YOUR CREDIT CARD!!!! (stupid mistake on our part, we know... we wont be doing that again no mater what our first impressions!)

Date visited: april 2006

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