What do you get for a 70 pound hotel room? I'm in the fair town of Maidenhead tonight and I'm going to share with you the game of "Coffee Challenge" which is played to get a cup of hot coffee at the end of a long day.
Firstly, fill the kettle ...
... and I'll give you a clue. There's a cup you drink out of later that can be used as a ladle.
Then place the kettle on its base and plug it in ...
... and I'll give you a clue. Although there's a place for it on the coffee stand, the base isn't actually attached so it can be positioned beside the rubbish bin on the floor and plugged in from there.
The hotel IS generous with their sachets of coffee, so I can sit at the computer and drink all night if I want to ....
... or rather I could until my knees give out. And then ...
I can sit in bed and watch the TV ... I think I have a pair of binoculars in the car, and I AM going to take great care not to impale myself on those bare metal poles sticking out at the bottom of the bed.
And in the morning, what better to wake up to that a nice, refreshing, cleansing shower ...
But let's be fair - at just £70.00 per night, what should I really have expected. Wait - WE charge £70.50 per night, and include breakfast, for delegates on our courses at our own hotel, and I think we do much better! (written 2007-10-02, updated 2008-09-30)
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