“ Address: 80-90 Holyhead Road / CV1 3AS Coventry / Warwickshire / England „
Going on a night out with friends in Coventry is a very tricky buisness indeed. My mates are a bit barking mad to be honest with you but you always think a Thursday night out is going to be reasonably quiet. Well not a couple of weeks ago it wasn't! 99p a drink (including double Bailey's) meant me ended up being totally and utterly wasted! Some of my friends left and me and me mate Paul continued to drink and when that bar closed at 1am we ended up going on somewhere else. Well after the amount consumed we could barely walk and I was in such a state that him knowing my parents very well meant it didn't seem a good idea to send me home. No, what seemed a good idea to him was to go to a hotel in the middle of the night where the bar was open 24/7! We called round a few places via my mobile and no room at the inns till he remembered this place which is local to where he lives (he lives with his parents too) and is known in Coventry for it's Friday nights aka 'The Old Bags Ball' which was basically a disco that I guess was held in the conference room on the ground floor for years. lol Most people in Coventry talk about this but to be fair The Aston now hosts Salsa nights there which is open to the public and from I gather are a total success. This hotel is situated a short walk from Coventry City Centre in which us townies refer to as Coundon. It's probably more Spon End way but as I say that's what we all say lol It's on the Holyhead Road and to get there from town would take you about fifteen minutes on foot, 4 quid in a cab and a couple of minutes tops. It's on the main road and your close to a Morrison's store which is in a shopping area with a few other shops and there is a McDonald's there as well and on foot would take you five minutes to get to so location wise it's pretty good and there is a nice pub that serves food close by too (The Holyhead and I've done a review on it). From the main road the building can only be described as ugly and unappealing really. Large building with big windows (no nets but does have curtains) and green paintwork. It looks so old fashioned but to get in you like up a little drive which couldn't be more different in contrast to the first appearance. The picture on this review is of the entrance and has a few spaces to park just in front of it that you do need to arrange with the hotel staff. So the entrance is large double doors and all white pvc and quite modern. To the left there is the book in area desk and to the right a large seating area with a smallish bar and it's all in cream and dark green and a bit chinksy. In total there are 82 rooms of all varying sizes and capacity and there is also a bridal suite. There is also a large conference room in which was being set up while we were there (at like 4am) for a wedding the following day. There is also a gym that is open to hotel patrons and I'm pretty sure the public to though we didn't see it. There are elevators to every level and the hotel is extremely accessible for disabled patrons and the hotel do allow pets if you arrange that prior to your stay and it's free of charge if they allow it. So you check in after 2.30pm and need to be out by 11am the following day. You get 24 hours so if you book in at 2pm you have to be gone by 2.30pm lol so it works on 24 hour basis. So we booked in very easily and with cash (all major credit cards accepted) and were told we could order drinks and sit in the bar area which we did for a while. It was very quiet, no music but then it was late at night and the place seemed to be very light bright and clean with plenty of seats. The bar wasn't very big at all and only one member of staff was on duty that night and we were told that yes we should be able to order food but because only one member of staff was on durty we couldn't. We were told however we could order a take away as long as the manager didn't find out! We didn't in the end cos we couldn't decide what to have and where would be open at that time of the morning lol Although only one member of staff was on duty he was clean and tidy and chatty and helpful enough and we had a good natter to him lol The only issue we had was that I wanted an Irish coffee and it came out disgusting and cost about £4.00. However the bar man (aka the one member of staff on duty) did say he didn't know how to make it really so we shut up and put up with it and it was served with a smile lol. There was only a small variety of drinks (including alco pops) but we were happy enough though the prices weren't cheap at about the same price as the Irish coffee. There were toilets in the main area and of course the hotel was none smoking but you can smoke outside without any issues and the outside is clean and tidy though no ashtrays were provided. The room was also pleasant enough. As we walked in we were greeted by a freezing cold room but a bedroom with a huge bed and like a canopy over it and there was a portable tv, a trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities, a wardrobe, bedside cabinets with lights and a dressing table. Then there was like another room but it was attached type of thing and through there, there was a small sofa, table and chair and then the bathroom with toilet, integrated sink and bath with shower over which wasn't huge but was big enough, white and well lit The decor was light, with light wood furniture the place had curtains and it felt clean enough but wasn't anything special and did feel a little bit old fashioned and tired to be honest. However it didn't matter to us we sparked out but not before freezing first. I opened the window to have a cheeky fag outside and after that we couldn't seem to get rid of the draft. We couldn't work out the heating (which there was) and then was the noise from the traffic! Wow it was loud and it never stopped to which my friend wanted to complain but I coudn't see the point! The bed though was comfortable and big and we fell asleep. Now we never stayed for breakfast in the morning but we could have and had breakfast for £7.50 per person and you can choose from continental, full English or a buffet breakfast. However after looking on line for information about the hotel to share with you there are complaints that the breakfast is now £10.95 per person and not as advertised and you don't know it till the bill comes. The first two options are of course available as room service with a paper of your choice (room service is available and you have a telephone in the room) but of course there is a restaurant as well. The room is large, beige and dark burgundy and again all rather old fashioned with a variety of pictures on the wall and really not my scene. It's called Renzi's and you can go into the hotel just to the restaurant if you book first. I have never eaten here and I don't know anyone who ever has but from what I'm aware it does have an extensive menu and the place looks clean and tidy enough. I have no idea of prices or menu I'm afraid. Another gripe about the hotel is that it claims it's wi enabled but alot of patrons have complained that it doesn't seem to work. However it is free so you need to check that status out first really if you really need it. Overall.... It's ok but nothing posh. I was a bit peeved in the morning when putting my shoes on that I'd knocked one under the bed and as I grabbed it out along came a condom wrapper which made me feel the room really wasn't cleaned as well as it should have been. We we also fed up that there were no complimentary toiletries in our bathroom to freshen up with and only enough towels for one person and the place was still freezing and noisy as hell. The only positive point was check out was meant to be at 11am and we overslept till 1pm. We got a call to the room from a receptionist to ask us to politely leave and there was no issue or bad feeling about it. We apologised and said thanks. However.... I do feel that, that was a positive for us bu imagine though if you were here with family or turning up as part of a wedding party to see me and my friend staggering out. I was wearing the evenings previous clothes looking like a hooker! Fishnets and short skirt I looked like I'd been up to no good at all and I couldn't clean meself up and sort me old make up out because of no toiletries lol! So the reputation of the hotel for this reason to be honest doesn't look good really. At £60.00 (for room only) and for two people it isn't cheap compared to many places in Coventry you can stay and it offers no more than say a travel lodge it's just that at the minute we don't have one in our city centre (we will soon though!). So if your just after a room do book it online and look for special offers with this one. If you want something a bit special this isn't it but it's ok. It needs a revamp to bring the place out of the 70's!