Not Novotel standard
Posted Sep 4, 2016
Stayed overnight as part of trip to central Europe. To be fair, this is not a hotel you would choose for holiday, and it serves its purpose for being reasonably close to the motorways. But, even taking this into consideration, the facility did not meet our experience and expectations with the Novotel chain. The room was far too small for a family of 4 (two children), and the odour left by the air conditioning was unpleasant and not welcoming at all. We ended up leaving the window open all night, but this left us exposed to the noise of several tour coaches revving up at 7am the following morning trying to collect their late passengers.
Generally, the room was dated, with a separate toilet that lacked ventilation (and no window) and had no basin for washing your hands.
We opted to eat dinner in the hotel, but the menu was scarce on choices. Being allergic to gluten, my wife went for a salad as the safe option, but it was soaked in vinegar and left much to the imagination to be called a salad. The breakfast buffet was reasonable, I can't really complain, but my kids were left disappointed to find the hot-chocolate option was unavailable on the coffee machine.
Not sure whether the tab-water is safe to drink in this region (apologies for being so ignorant), so we bought a few bottles of Evian water to take to the room after dinner. This took half an hour after none of the staff were available at the bar.