The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel

, Warwick, United Kingdom
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The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel

, Warwick
2 star

Rooms: 11

27-29 Crompton Street - Warwick - England - CV34 6HJ - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01926491360
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5/10
Comfortable room but don't cross the female Basil Fawlty
Submitted by: Pam in 17/11/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
Staying in a small-town hotel in a tourist area such as Warwick, one might reasonably expect a warm and hospitable establishment. The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel in Warwick has tastefully-furnished rooms and a motel configuration at the rear. But the style is not that of a hotel but more notably a pub with guest house.

The manager explained that the reason for the hotel's lack of stars was due to the unavailability of room service. It is more likely to be because the establishment completely lacks a hotel's look and feel and as I found, has all of the incumbent rules and regulations of a guest house. One almost expects there to be type-written signs in the shower, asking the occupant not to splash too much water or to make sure the door is fully closed before showering.

The private-house culture was slightly conspicuous from the outset and I should have known better. Booking a night's stay by telephone beforehand and asking where the hotel was situated, was a question apparently too irritating for the manager to answer. She told me in a haughty manner to have a think about it and call back. I was by no means taking time to decide – I wanted somewhere fairly quickly.

After an initial welcome and being escorted to the room in a friendly manner, we settled down and even benefited from a little advice about local restaurants.

Sadly, things had changed the next morning, when arriving for breakfast in the nicely decorated dining room. I arrived well before the 10:00am breakfast curfew and ordered my wife's breakfast because she was a few minutes behind me. Although it could make no difference to the cook, this didn't appear to concord with the manager's view of acceptable behaviour – she immediately looked at her watch to see how much time my wife had; perhaps after which her breakfast would be destined for the bin.

She then explained to me that several people had been late for breakfast and that it was “embarrassing”. The cooked breakfast was very good but the two slices of toast per person might have been the result of upsetting the lady of the house. To be fair to her, she did put my wife's breakfast in the oven to keep warm. Another couple arrived shortly after 10:00am and politely apologised for being late. I cringed with anticipation at the couple's sad fate. I was longing for another pot of tea, but I didn't want to push my luck.

After breakfast we then returned to our room and started to pack. At 10:50, we received a call on the telephone from the same lady, who gave me what she called a “quiet hint” that check-out was at 11:00. Feeling suitably chastised, I hurriedly finished packing and went to pay the bill, lest I should incur any further wrath.

Staying at the Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel is clearly a case a fitting in with the owner's rules and expectations of guests' behaviour. If like me, you feel that your school days are now over, you're almost certainly better off finding an experienced hotelier.

However, if you're brave enough to face the female Basil Fawlty, the Old Fourpenny Shop hotel maybe just what you need. Good luck.

Top Local Tips for Warwick

Medievil Banquet - Warwick castle Well worth a visit, check the website out to see if they have offers as these must be quoted during booking.

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  • Address: 27-29 Crompton Street - Warwick - England - CV34 6HJ - United Kingdom
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