Last day today and guess what greeted us this morning? All the lifts in the hotel were not working, which meant that some of our tour party again had great difficulty getting up and downstairs. My lovely husband and I tried to unblock one of the lifts but to no avail.
When we reported them, the look on the face of the receptionist said it all- I tell you if I had been her after this week, I would have been looking for another job; in fact there is a hotel further along the promenade advertising for staff at the moment!
I know that I’ve said it once but it really isn’t acceptable to place so many guests with walking problems, in a hotel with steep stairs and wonky lifts that don’t work. Even one of the cleaners looked decidedly unhappy when she realised that she would have to trudge up three flights of stairs with her bundle of clean bedding and cleaning materials.
To add insult to injury two of our party who had managed the dangerous descent into the basement restaurant found that their usual table was already occupied- their look said this is just another nail in the coffin!!
But hey ho it was the last day and we had decided not to go on the coach trip offered today. We decided to stay and explore Eastbourne; and as with all holidays taken in the UK our days of sunshine came to an end, as clouds and a grey sky greeted us.
We mooched around the shops, walked to the far end of the promenade, shared a ham sandwich costing £6.95 and when the rain finally fell, we sheltered in the ice cream shop and spent £8 on two ice creams! Madness!
A quick couple of geo – caches got us back to the hotel to find our two intrepid travellers who had struggled to use the stairs, due to the breakdown of the lifts were waiting in the lounge area. They told us that they were waiting for the lifts to be repaired. As we had seen someone walk out of the lift when we arrived at the hotel, we were surprised that they were still waiting!
When we informed them that the lifts were now working, they were delighted but we were angry on their behalf as they had been sitting there for quite some time. They hadn’t been informed by the staff and had been left hanging around. But with a hop, skip and jump, (metaphorically speaking of course) they were soon ascending back to their room for a hot drink and an afternoon nap.
We followed soon after and finished our lacklustre day with a snooze.
As I’m writing this I’m thinking about shredded beef; which we have ordered for our evening meal tonight. Can you shred beef? I thought that it was only pork that you could shred; you know -the seemingly new and trendy way to cook pork nowadays! Maybe the chef has decided to surprise us all with his culinary talents. Not sure about a change in vegetables though!
After a shower and the dreaded shredded beef, (which my lovely husband liked - there's no accounting for taste!) we’ll hopefully head off to the cinema for a night out on the town.
Thought for the day: When it rains look for rainbows!