We booked the Kings Hotel as we wanted a hotel on the sea front and close to the town’s amenities.
Booking in was easy and the reception staff polite and friendly.
We were recommended to park in the Regency Car Park, for which we had to queue for over 30 minutes for a space and came at an extra cost. Remember to add parking charges to your stay because we were not offered any discount as advertised by the hotel.
We paid the extra premium for a sea view double room and that’s what we got a room with a double bed overlooking the sea front.
On entering our room our immediate impressions were, basic and smelt of paint. It was clean and tidy but sparse. No extras – no robes, toiletries, bottled water. It did have a big flat screen TV which was placed in front of the window obscuring the view.
The over the bath shower was a dribble and although a slip mat for the bath was provided, the stepping in and out of the bath was not easy, especially if you’re vertically challenged!
The main issue with the room was the paper thin walls and creaking floorboards. We could hear our neighbours (either side and above) talking, heard the TV programs they were watching and the endless creaking of the floorboards.
We were aware that this is an old building, but having had some refurbishments done, why didn’t they bother to sort out the sound proofing and floorboards.
The next morning, after the worst night’s sleep ever, we decided that we would cut short our break away and go home. Before checking out we had breakfast as it was part of the package. The waitress was pleasant. The coffee was insipid and the scrambled eggs were served on thin bread which had not been toasted. When I asked if I could have toast instead of just bread I was given hot bread. We left not eating breakfast.
What should have been a pleasant experience was far from it.