Smart and Simple Hotel
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... We ate outside of
the resort as much as we could and made our way into the local town for a
number of meals, so hopefully we did a little bit to spread the tourist
dollar around a bit.
Since arriving in the UK we've visited Scotland twice and had some great times
up there. Our first time in Scotland was spent just in Edinburgh for five days
over New Year for the Hogmanay festival. Unfortunately we were both sick for
part of the time ...
... on, their fingers must have been sooooooo cold, they said that they were used to it, tough guys. Winston is happy with four feet all the same make, model and age, Russ said his steering is lighter and he must be safter.
Next we made our way to Birmingham to change our fridge which we bought from Ebay but it was damaged. To get it back to the seller was proving quite diffult because they couldn't tell us a time when the ...
... and were quite blown away by how interesting and huge the museum was. There were so many different exhibitions to see and we had to pick and choose among them. We did get to see a bit about some Arctic expeditions that had gone wrong, a display of different bow figureheads (which were surprisingly massive) and a giant map of the world that we could walk across. We could have stayed a lot longer but we wanted to get to the overlook in the park again to get a picture of the ...
Just spent the day in Balham today. Bought my train tickets to Stratford on Avon. Wanna see 'em? I'll add a picture. Went shopping. Tried not to buy boots. Wrote up the Battlefields Blog. Packed my case...trying to see if I can fit everything in. The jury is still out on that one. Time alone will tell. Did some washing. Watched soccer practise across the road. Heading into London tomorrow to pick up my London Pass. Then on to ...
... made for a pleasant walk around the city plot caught up in a demonstration by the French about there upcoming vote on same sex marriage never a dull moment. Had a few beers in some different pubs very nice. Had dinner in the old Punch Tavern then home to bed big day ...
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It would appear that the naff end of the British hotel market have cottoned on to the idea of painting the walls white and sticking in some cheap and vulgar furnishings. Voila, the "Smart and Simple" Hotel.
I stayed at the SSH for 1 night and paid a rate of £65 inc the much discussed breakfast. Initial impressions of the hotel were good, the location is excellent, the public areas were clean and modern, and the staff that I encountered were all polite and helpful. I stayed in Room 9 on the first floor overlooking the gardens so it was nice and quiet.
We attended a wedding at High rocks and chose to stay at Smart and Simple for a couple of nights before and after(4 in Total)
I booked to stay at this hotel as a bit of a treat to myself. I have pretty basic needs, so am happy with a Travelodge or suchlike. In retrospect I wish I'd not bothered.
More like shoddy and simple
We stayed at the SSH for one night, traveling to Sussex for a wedding. The hotel looks smart and contempory from the website, but our room had yet to be renovated. It was in the basement and smelt of damp and stale cigarettes.
While I am sure the renovated rooms are better, when we suggested that our room did not merit the £72.50 rate that we were signed up for the staff were uapologetic and unhelpful. Eventually after further complaint and another trip from the receptionist to the manager they offered to charge knock £7.50 off the bill - hardly compensation for a room that looked like it came from a 1950s B&B.
The other rooms may well be better, but the staff will be the same for anyone - steer clear.
The rooms are crisp, clean and white with a big comfy bed, smart flat-screen tv, thoughtful jug of water - a necessity rarely provided in b&bs.
SSH bills itself as a boutique hotel, and at first glance it looks promising. Clean painted walls, plain carpets, chrome fittings; it appears to be a smart choice of hotel.
We stayed at the Smart and Simple Hotel for 2 nights in August 2006. We were staying in Tunbridge Wells for a friends wedding, therefore we didn't require a large hotel with lots of facilities as we wouldn't have had the opportunity to use them. This is a very clean hotel and I am in agreement with the other people who have reviewed this in previous posts. It is exactly what it says "Smart and Simple." There's no fuss and frills but contemporary clean lines and very comfortable beds! The hotel parking is a bit of an issue but then where can you stay in the heart of Tunbridge Wells where they offer a large car park! We parked in the centre of Tunbridge Wells in a long stay car park and it only cost £3.60 a day! This was only a short 10 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel breakfast was just a continental breakfast so if you are after a large fry up or hot food you won't get it here. However, the cereal and toast/croissants etc that were on offer were more than adequate.
My husband & I stayed here in June 2006. This is a great no frills hotel at a great price. The decor is fashionably smart, our room was large but simply furnished. The concept of this hotel is to keep charges to a minimum (£65 standard double, £85.00 queen) by only providing the basics so don't expect hairdryers, mini bars or snack trays; however you do get wonderfully immaculate rooms, great showers & excellent service. If you want tea/coffee in your room it is only £2.00 & Internet access is £5.00 for the whole of the duration of your stay. The restaurant is a tapas menu in the evening but the food was extremely fresh & tasty & reasonably priced. There is an option to dine on the small & very pleasant patio/garden area at ther rear of the hotel. The breakfast was an extended Continental included in our room rate. This may be a 'no frills' hotel but do not be misled into thinking it is Travelodge/motel standard - it is far superior & more like a 'boutique' hotel ambience. You get what it says in its title - smart & simple. Ideal for business or vacation traveller - if you've got kids, you may like a more family orientated hotel.
I stayed in this hotel for a couple of nights at the end of April 2006. It is a new concept according to the owners, offering reasonable price accomodation with everything you need in a hotel but without all the extras that add to the costs. The price is certainly good (£65 for a double including breakfast). The hotel opened earlier this year, it has been converted from some Victorian properties opposite the common, on the London Road, so close to the station and the Pantiles etc. The windows are double glazed do there is no traffic noise, but there are lovely views of the common - especially with the blossom out. The place is well decorated, in a minimalist way. The building work on the hotel has not been finished yet eg the staircase next to my room was a mass of cables and undecorated, but this was not a problem for me as I was out all day. The telephone system was having problems, but wifi access is available for £5 for the duration of your stay.