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Grafton House in Leicester gets faint praise

In Leicester to pay my respects to Richard III, I needed a place within walking distance of the railway station and walking distance to the cathedral. I found Grafton House on Saxby St. It was certainly within walking distance of what I wanted, and for a certain type of traveller it is just great. I arrived before check-in but was allowed to stash my luggage in a room behind the reception desk. My room was spacious, with a double bed, a table, clothes cupboard, and pedestal sink. However, and here's where my type of traveller was let down, there was not a single electrical outlet in the room other than a small outlet that was part of the mirror over the sink with a sign warning that only devices such as electric razors should be plugged in. I had started the day with fully charged phone, tablet, and camera battery plus a fully charged secondary power unit. But this inability to recharge overnight was offputting. The bathroom down the hall was two part: one separate room with toilet only, and one room with both a bathtub (with a sign saying not to use it) and a shower stall. No-additional-charge wifi had been advertised, but what that meant was sitting in the tiny breakfast room at the upright wooden chairs, overlooked by the reception clerk, who shared the room. Breakfast was the stereotypical canned beans, canned tomatoes, English-style bacon, toast, and tea or coffee. All for roughly $56 per night. I was not comfortable here, but others might be. P.S. I stopped into the local library, was granted a library card that allowed free use of their computers and electrical outlets and made a great souvenir!

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You would have liked where we stayed better- the Leicester Marriott. It is clean, comfortable, great staff, deluxe beds, bathroom in room (and it is lovely), and had plenty of plugs. I would never stay anywhere where the bathroom is down the hall and rooms are $56 per night. Try the Leicester Marriott next time.

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kayren, how did you find it? Did you come across it in a book, or find it wandering the streets, or did the TI help?

It sounds a bit down market for a Rick Steves book these days...

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Compared with some of the TripAdvisor comments this is a glowing tribute. The normal charge for a room is £22 but maybe they charge more to walkups.

A historic hotel that may have fitted the bill is the Grand Hotel on Grandby St.