Space issues in City Double room
Posted Jan 30, 2017
We've been staying at the Strathallan for many years when visiting family in Birmingham and have witnessed the many changes of ownership. We though we'd experienced all varieties of rooms and when booking via Expedia did not realise what was meant by the City Double we booked. The quality of the furnishings, bed comfort, etc. were as good as we've experienced in the past but . .
The Reception staff admitted this was a former single room where they've squeezed in a slightly smaller twin than their usual bed. I had to climb over my wife to get to my side of the bed with insufficient space at the foot of the bed to get in that way. There is no wardrobe - just a 30cm pole sticking out over the desk area with space for 6 hangers (3 provided). There are no other wall hooks in the room or bathroom for a coat or a ladies dress if attending a formal function. There was insufficient space to move the desk chair to the non-desk area and one of us had to climb on the bed for the other to pass from one end of the room to the other. A great room for single occupancy but nothing more.
The meal was difficult as my wife needs a gluten free menu. They gave her a pre-prepared / laminated list of meals on the menu, showing which had each type of allergen. So far, so good. However, every main course meal had gluten except the "Super foods" salad - peppers, beans, nuts, etc. The friendly waitress arranged grilled salmon and plain veg & new potatoes but we were charged the fancy meal rate