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Recommendations - AccommodationGenerally I ask for a disabled accessible room, or as a minimum on the ground floor. If the room is not fully wheelchair accessible, with an adapted bathroom, this is mentioned below.
Dakota, Edinburgh - Dakota website
A square black building hides luxurious rooms, with bare brick walls, plasma TV and large beds. The toiletries state that you are welcome to take them home, and there are plenty of power points around the room. Fantastic. There is a slightly masculine feel about it all, but it's not offputting. The rooms are great value, but the restaurant is pricy. Never mind - there's a Tesco next door! Wonderful views of the Forth bridges.
Premier Inn, Liverpool Albert Dock - Premier Inn website
Located in a converted warehouse, the hotel contains large brick archways, curved ceilings, and other unique features. Our room was pleasant enough with a view of the dock and the Liver building, and all the staff were pleasant. My husband reported that breakfast was ok - not great, but he was won over as it was "all you could eat"... The hotel is on the dock itself, right next to museums and shops and near the new Liverpool One shopping district - a convenient and affordable place to stay.
82 Fishbourne, Chichester - 82 Fishbourne website
We stayed for Goodwood weekend and had a great time. As well as a sleeping area, our room had a lounge space where we entertained guests. When we returned at night, cold mineral water mysteriously appeared on our doorstep! The owner, Nik, cooked us an excellent three course meal - easily restaurant quality - and served us with charm and his inimitable flair, which helped make our stay so pleasant. [Access issues: Step to enter, bathroom not adapted]
Old Vicarage, Kellington
Fusty styling - obviously an older lady's house! We were given a room with its own front door and separate bathroom, but a fire exit running through. We were assured we would be private, but my crutches had been moved in the morning. The room was crowded by bed, sofas and other furniture, so I could not move around without banging and hurting myself. Everything was pink and overly decorative. Nothing wrong with the place, but I didn't get on with it. [Access issues: Bedroom is cluttered so impossible to move around with mobility aids. Bathroom not adapted]
Ones to avoid
Inn at Ardgour
Tiny room with cheap furniture that had seen better days. The loch view turned out to be grey and misty, the bathroom was too small to move, and the "step free access" involved steps. We escaped to the lounge room which is also in a time warp and crammed with chesterfield sofas (no room to move). Access to and from the hotel is by ferry, so you need to be organised to avoid a long wait. Staff took ages to respond to reception bell. Poor value for money and not an enjoyable or comfortable stay. [Access issues: Steps to enter our room, bathroom tiny and not adapted]
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