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      28.12.2009 00:04
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      Good value, very friendly

      The Ramada Jarvis Swansea hotel located at Phoenix way, Swansea. This is not in the city centre, though, but is 3 miles out in the Llansamlet Enterprise Park. This is a very spread out set of car dealers, large stores such as PC World/Currys, Makro, supermarkets and specialist stores such as a huge music shop. The hotel is about a mile and a half from the Liberty Stadium, which makes it great for anyone wanting to see games played by [or against] Swansea City FC or the Ospreys rugby team. It's also very convenient for the M4 which is great for exploring South Wales in general.

      This is the only Ramada hotel is which I've stayed. The standard is comparable with that found in most Holiday Inns in the UK. The hotel has rooms on two floors.

      The room types available include Standard Twin, Standard Double, Executive Double, Suites [for 2] and Family Rooms for 3 or 4.
      We stayed as a family [with two boys, 11 and 8] and were given a Family Room for 4. The room had a double bed, a sofa bed which could have slept two and another pull-out bed. This was great for us as it meant the boys could have separate beds and so reduce the chance of fights [!!].

      Even with all of this, the room didn't feel cramped, and there was still plenty of room for bags and to walk around.

      The room had the usual facilities you might expect from a this type of hotel: a kettle and tea and coffee facilities; a desk with TV and a comfy chair for [one of] us to relax in, ironing board, press and iron.

      The bathroom was adequately sized, and included a shower in the bath. It was very clean. There was a hairdryer in the room.

      There is a Leisure Centre with indoor pool, sauna & multi gym. This, however, is no ordinary Leisure Centre; it branded as a Sebastian Coe Health club. This is the only Seb Coe Health Club that I've visited and I must say I was a little disappointed. I think I must have fallen into the trap of thinking that a leisure club with this branding would be much better that the standard hotel club. It's that it was particularly bad, it's just that I'd hoped it would have been a bit more impressive. The club is open from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm, though the sauna is only open in the evenings.

      Breakfast took the usual buffet form where you can choose from fruits, cereals and the traditional eggs, bacon, sausages etc. Breakfasts like this can sometime be let down by the fried eggs which can get a bit over-done under the lights. This was got around by the staff preparing the eggs to order; this may cause a short delay, but personally I would prefer this. The hotel did fail my haddock test [there was none available on the morning we were there, but I was advised that it can be ordered in advance (though I'm not sure quite how far in advance they meant!)].

      Evening meals are available in the Arts Bar and Grill, but we didn't eat there in the evening so can't comment on the quality.

      However, the best part of the breakfast was the staff: they were all very friendly and no request was too much trouble. They really made a difference.

      We stayed for one night in December. The rate was £70 for the room, which included breakfast for us all. For rates that don't include breakfast, the cost is £11.95 per person.

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