Rather quirky and hyped but OK
Posted Nov 23, 2013
When you enter the hotel restaurant is immediately on your left and you have to go up some stairs to get to reception. The lifts are right opposite reception and the lift has no buttons but a smooth block of perspex showing up and down arrows. You have to assertively and comprehensively put your hand or many fingers on these to call the lift. We couldn't figure it out so the reception came over after a few minutes. We felt like idiots though we can't be the first!
The room had a very worn artificial surface/plastic type flooring. So it looked rather tatty and dirty. Maybe it was just as well the room was quite dark as there was no ceiling light, only wall and small bedside lights. The switches for these weren't that intuitive either. We had a spa bath room which simply meant a bath big enough for two and no partition wall between sleeping area and bathroom. No big deal for us but it means a lack of privacy. The shower and toilet area is a separate room. There is a very dark theme going on: dark walls, bathroom furniture, black plastic toilet - I guess in keeping with the 'Carbon' theme. The hotel goes on about wanting to offer a 'different' experience but I just felt it was a gimmick and they should have chosen a brighter, more interesting and cheery element - sodium, chrome, calcium, or even diamond 'carbon'? Why black carbon? Anyhow, not a bad experience overall, just a bit strange and hyped.