Sunday, 27 April 2014

Ashleigh Guest House Coventry

As a recommendation from Coventry Cathedral's tourist information centre Ashleigh Guest House was our first bed and breakfast stop for years.
A Saturday night at 2 hour notice was a straight £17 cheaper than the local purple branded chain hotel. That's for a room that would happily sleep three, with 1 double and a single bed, and breakfast.

Spotlessly clean, free car parking and near enough to the beautiful city centre to make it a reasonable walk Ashleigh Guest House is an excellent place to stay. 

A welcome with orange juice followed by cereal or muesli if you wanted it and them onto full English. Sausage, two bacon, fried egg and baked beans. Toast alongside with butter and marmalade. All washed down with copious amounts of fresh coffee or tea.

The downside......

Tiny bathroom but fully functional and a copy of the purple one with two tea bags, two coffee sachets.
Only one bedside lamp.
Not much of a downside really.

Coventry has to be one of my favourite UK cities. It has a friendly vibe, great architecture, both old and new, and, for me, is almost a visual definition of regeneration. The new architecture and sculptures are inclusive, featuring happy skateboarders directly outside the cathedral in the new water and boulder designs, alongside highly effective iron marker points for Bayley Lane. Teenagers, tourists and pensioners intermingle contentedly.
That may be a visitor's view. But it's a money spinning view for Coventry. This is my third visit in the last 2 years. It won't be my last and despite the fact that the purple hotel is in a stunning revamped Art Deco theatre I will be staying at Ashleigh Guest House.
Good call Coventry Tourist Information.

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