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Woodeville Hotel (Nottingham)

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330 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. Tel: 0115 960 6436

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      22.03.2001 00:28
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      The Bates Motel situated on Mansfield Road Nottingham. Well ok it is actually called The Woodeville but due to a certain slim member of Opcom and his hat-wearing accomplice it was renamed for our visit. The journey through Nottingham from the M1 is surprisingly easy encompassing just three roads. Turning into Mansfield Road from the town center the first thing you notice is the sheer volume of hotels located next door to each other, from the extremely classy Balti Hotel to the Posthouse this is the Bed and Breakfast center of Nottingham. The frontage to the Woodeville is mock Tudor and the W sign outside looks like it could once have been the famous golden arches reversed. The car parking here is limited to 12 spaces on the forecourt, but we had no problem on arrival. Gosh I was impressed so far! We booked this hotel, as we wanted to be able to walk into town to meet up with the rest of the crowd. On booking we specifically asked the chap for the distance and were told “mmm about 10 minutes”. Well I am sure this walk is 10 minutes if you are 8 feet tall and have a stride five times as long as a normal person. The hotel is actually about a thirty-minute walk into the center of town. On a nice warm evening it would be a very pleasant stroll but in the blizzard that was Nottingham that night it was necessary to take regular stops at every pub in order to fend off frostbite. Entering through the double doors brings you into another world, gone is the shabby frontage; the hall way is polished oak with wood paneling giving a welcoming feel. There are several discreet racks of tourist information for those looking to explore. A restaurant located to your right looked cosy and inviting and although we did not take advantage of this facility if the food was as good as it sounded on the specials board it would have been well worth the visit. On your left is the bar, we’ll come back to that later, we have n’t even checked in yet. The reception was located to the rear left of the entrance hall and is no more than a desk behind a hole in the wall. The receptionist though was very friendly and polite and nothing was too much trouble, despite three of us trying to check in all at once!! It is necessary to pay up front here, a single room being £35 and a double room being £49.50 for the room on a bed and breakfast basis. The hotel has 60 rooms 8 of which are singles and the rest divided between twin and double rooms. Once checked in it was time to find the rooms, the upper levels of this hotel are located on what seems to be a totally random basis requiring you to wander up stairs, down corridors, down stairs, up some more, then voila the room. A note for the disabled traveler this is not the best, although there may be disabled facilities I would strongly advise you to double check when booking. The rooms themselves; mine was a double and had more than enough space. The usual hotel style fitted furniture and a rather large bed, that turned out to be 2 singles pushed together, but was so comfortable I managed a sleep in the afternoon. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided, although give me good old PG tips anytime I was only provided with Earl Grey far too sweet for my taste. Each room also came equipped with a trouser press, telephone, TV and hairdryer. The bathroom was the most glorious shade of tan, not the suite of choice, and comprised of sink, toilet, and shower cubicle. The hotel provides shampoos, soaps, shower-gel and lots of towels, maybe they thought I might want to give birth or something but I had 5 large bath towels and 4 smaller ones all to myself for one night!!!. My advice when booking, ask for room 5, this shower had the power of a fire hose and was superb. Feedback from the others gave a similar impression of the rooms although in one it was necessary to go down two steps to get into the bathroom and another had a less powerful shower more a dribble. After refreshing ourselves we headed for the bar to meet our compatriots, a telephone call was made and Slim Lee was on his way. The bar is basically a double room with a small bar in one corner. Again the wood paneling theme is carried through with a selection of settees, leather armchairs and stools, the seating was ample and comfortable and the atmosphere quite cosy. The artwork is somewhat eclectic ranging from constable to modern but it seems to fit in with the general character. Although the Guinness was not on when we arrived there was a fair selection of both pumped and bottled lager, the usual spirits and wines, and a couple of bitters. Being as it was only mid afternoon and we had a hard nights drinking ahead of us we stuck to the bottled lager. The only complaint with the bar at this point was that the receptionist seemed to be the only member of staff available so it was necessary to go to reception to get her to come to the bar, but hey the walk built up the thirst! Now this hotel is a classy establishment, so imagine the surprise on Lees face as he walked up to the hotel to see a rather large bottom being hung out of the window over the entrance. I am sure this is not a normal occurrence but being St Patrick’s Day the hotel did have a number of large groups staying. Unfortunately, breakfast was served between 0800 and 0900 even on a Sunday, far too early for us, so we didn’t make that either, but the receptionist was more than happy to serve us coffee in the bar when we eventually dragged ourselves out of bed. Check out time is 1100 but the hotel was more than willing to provide a later check out if required. It seems the main business of the hotels along Mansfield road is the party people, those traveling up to Nottingham to pub and club on a Saturday night. It is ideal for this but for that romantic weekend with t he girl you love, well if you love her don’t take her here she will not be impressed. Then again if you need an excuse to get dumped a romantic weekend here could be just the thing, and I advise thermal underwear as a romantic present just to ensure full effect! The Woodeville though, gave us a bed for the night at a reasonable price in rooms that were clean, comfortable, and quiet. I for one slept like a log when I eventually got to bed. I would stay there again but hopefully pick a warmer evening for the walk into town. The Woodeville Hotel 330 Mansfield Road, Nottingham Tel: 0115 960 6436

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