I don't mind paying for quality, I enjoy value. I've stayed at the Colney Fox in London Colney before. It's a decent location, there are a couple of runs nearby, the University of Hertfordshire and the Next Generation clubs at Hatfield both have pools and it's near Wendy, Oli and now Lauren, so I can see them. I seemed to remember though that last time I stayed here, I wasn't that impressed. It's a decent size English pub. It's been here many years, Wendy and I came here when we were dating, or perhaps engaged, I remember waiting for services in the Restaurant so long, I unpicked one of the straw table mats and laid it pack in its place. But it's changed hands/owners/management many times since then, the food is good, as a pub it's light, airy and since the smoking ban, a pretty pleasant place to while away a few hours.
However, I'm up in room 6(no late night calls please!). I paid £182 or nearly $400 US Dollars for 3-nights. This IS the smallest room I've ever had, it only has 4-coat-hangers, one of them broken; no draws to put clothes in; there is barely enough room between the end of the bed and the desk to get on the chair; there is absolutely no where to put my suitcase; wireless internet access is via "the cloud" and is £9.99/$20 per 24-hour period; you have to use a credit card to activate the phone to make 0800/1-800 calls; no iron or ironing board, etc.
When the sun came out this afternoon, I looked up and spotted a long spiders web/trail glistening in the sun between the lampshade and the slightly grubby curtain pelmet, then when I started to look I noticed how the rest of it was either warn, grubby, moldy or just yuk. Shame, next time I'll be staying somewhere else, $400 isn't cheap by anyones standards, at half the price I'd have been miffed. If was here for anymount of time I'd go ask for a new room... but I'm booked pretty much early to late and leave Saturday.