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The Crown hotel's TV viewing.....

On 6 Jul 2009 at 6:26pm shotgun sally wrote:
For those that dont already know it's on tonight on channel 5 at 9pm. Has been voted the dirtiest hotel in the country. Will be interesting to see how many customers they dont get now LOl.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 7:34pm 4x4 wrote:
Too harsh Sally. We need somewhere where the dross can go.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 8:29pm shotgun sally wrote:
I think that sort of place will always attract the dross. I've been informed that since the film crew have been in they have actually cleaned their act up. Will be interesting if there is a follow up :-)
On 6 Jul 2009 at 8:39pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
The irony is, many of us cannot get Ch5 in Lewes (myself included).

Please feed back all the gory details - I'll look forward to hearing all about it!
On 6 Jul 2009 at 8:51pm The Tooth Fairy wrote:
Can't get Five Spinster? Do you still have gas lighting and get the car going with a starting handle?
On 6 Jul 2009 at 9:34pm GH wrote:
Shotgun Sally - are you the useless cleaner Sally?
On 6 Jul 2009 at 9:43pm Uncle Arfur wrote:
I think the main issue with The Crown is that beast of a woman that runs it - she seems so clueless I'd be amazed if she could find her arse with both hands.
At least Sally is sober so far.......
On 6 Jul 2009 at 10:26pm Wendy Knight wrote:
I have just watched the Hotel Inspector and am absolutely disgusted at the hotel being given back it's 3rd star - I can't believe it even had any stars!
How can even the final inspection by Visit Britain warrant 3 stars? Did the inspector have his eyes closed.
I grew up in Lewes but now live nearby. I often come back for my Lewes fix as I still consider Lewes my home town and remain very proud of it
However - despite the so called makeover - this programmes was not good for the town's profile. The owner still needs to smarten up her act (BIG time)and do Lewes proud. Other estblishments are a real credit to the County town and sadly the Crown Hotel isnt one of them.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 10:27pm GH wrote:
Hmmm, the thing that puts me off going in the Crown is the look of the reprobates hanging around outside having a snout... they look 'local' if that makes sense.

Ha ha, that'll put the cats amongst the pigeons.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 10:29pm becks wrote:
We viewed the Crown to buy last year and was disgusted with the filth of both the B&B/pub and especially the owners accommodation. I would never eat there having looked around the kitchen, the pub toilets make festival portaloos look clean! Afraid to say that the owner is living in a dream world and will never be able to make a go of it.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 10:41pm shotgun sally wrote:
Sorry to inform you GH but im not sally. I did feel quite sorry for her tonight, the poor cow was getting all the blame put on her. She cant be held responsible for the condition of the hotel, thats the owners fault and problem. I did find the bottle's of beer stashed in the laundry room quite funny. And who makes the beds or should i say who cant make a bed, they were disgusting, if you cant make a bed then get fitted sheets would be the answer. And the 4 poster bed just killed me, if anyone even tried to have a bunk up in that it would have collapsed on top of them LMAO. It was very entertaining :-)
On 6 Jul 2009 at 10:47pm GH wrote:
Shotgun, glad to hear you're not on here in disguise.

I wonder how people feel about life after appearing in one of these makeover shows...
On 6 Jul 2009 at 10:52pm Decent Citizen wrote:
I know Sally, and was very annoyed on her behalf tonight. Sally is jack of all trades there,and thats the thanks she gets. Not her fault the owner doesnt have a clue.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 10:59pm shotgun sally wrote:
If i was Sally i would have walked. She's up there every day even if she's had a heavy night and did'nt deserve to be blamed for that S**t hole. The owner should be ashamed of herself for blaming everyone else but herself.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 11:00pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
Is the owner (Newspaper says she is called Karen) that woman who shacked up with that man who bought the Crown about 10yrs ago?
On 6 Jul 2009 at 11:06pm Becks wrote:
Think it was very unfair of Karen the supposed to be manager blaming the housekeeper Sally. Clearly Sally is trying her best but has no management or direction from Karen. Karen has just burried her head in the sand and the true fact is that Karen doesn't actually think there is anything wrong with the Crown and its dirtiness.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 12:08am the entertainer wrote:
Clearly the hotel has its issues - but we all have to remember that at the end of the day they are trying to make good viewing! Alot of it would have been staged and edited for maximum impact. Surely there had to be something in it for the landlady - otherwise you wouldnt 'expose' yourself is such a huge way? Was the work paid for by Channel 5?
On 7 Jul 2009 at 12:19am Tony Gordon wrote:
Absolutely speechless that it got a star back. My hair stood up when the Inspector described the rooms as lovely after the deep clean. Just shows you that Britain has no standards. Who on earth will pay 70 a night for such a post make-over dump? It's a slap in the face for people like Millers B&B whom work hard, charge less and offer authentic cozy rooms and outstanding service. Imagine what the White Hart is like if the Crown is already a tip. I would like to use one of these Bacteria machines on their buffet, bar and pool. I'm surprised no one I know hasn't come down with anything yet.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 12:25am Tony Gordon wrote:
Sally is great by the way and felt very sorry for her. Is she Lewes born & breed? What about the owner? Where these bottles of Armada and Bonfire Boy I spotted in the background up in the Laundry room? Good Harvey's advertising.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 8:32am bonfirek wrote:
What a crap hole the Crown looked
On 7 Jul 2009 at 8:36am Naughty Knickers wrote:
I dont know Sally but bless her, how can she do all that work alone? that so called manager needs to get her some help and stop blaming everyone else for her own lazy ways!
On 7 Jul 2009 at 8:41am youknowme wrote:
I can't believe they got that star back even though the bed was broken and there was still hair everywhere...it's disgusting!!
On 7 Jul 2009 at 8:54am manicval wrote:
Well I thought it was hilarious viewing! Good old "it's not my fault" Karen! And entirely agree with Tony - how has The White Hart not been condemned? Just as filthy and expensive. Also I went to a Dinner Dance at Shelley's last December - meal was total crap, service appallling and bar prices through the roof! We might do better to turn them ALL into Premier Inns - at least they're clean and quite good value for money. Even the smoking ban can be bypassed in a lot of them - good times!
On 7 Jul 2009 at 9:24am Toque wrote:
Maybe it will be on Demand Five later
On 7 Jul 2009 at 9:31am jonnyboy wrote:
The programme is apparently available for free on Demand Five though when I tried I kept getting an error message and was told to try later.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 9:56am Teapot wrote:
The landlady recognised she had failed miserably in the past. She sought help from the TV programme (clever) and is now trying to make a go of it. Shouldn't that be applauded? I say good luck to the Crown.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 10:14am lord landport wrote:
My Favourite quote from the hotel inspector
vote for Phil the barman an oscar must be on the cards for his egg and chips line.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 11:30am Mr Bone wrote:
Dirty, smelly, musty and unloved. Anyway enough about the staff, I suppose the hotel needs a bit of work as well.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 11:33am Frak wrote:
think what a lot of people are forgetting is that it is a TV programme. They try to make a place look as bad as possible for as much of the programme as possible before magic TV lady finally sorts it out - all that stuff about the crown being the worst place ever, or where she might finally fail is all put on and probably repeated at most places she goes. It was grubby, both the owner and housekeeper were fairly poor at their jobs, but when it was 'deep cleaned' and the roles were sorted out it looked ok. It looks like the sort of place that need a bit of cash spent on it to make it a lovely place to stay, but often that cash isn't there, so 2nd best is to be clean comfortable and tidy which looks like the direction it is going in.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 6:18pm Mystic Mog wrote:
For those in Lewes who cannot get channel 5, myself included, it is the channel 5 on demand thingy.
Is this the owner who stopped a bonfire society from using the hotel for meetings or was it the previous one.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 6:50pm acne wrote:
On 7 Jul 2009 at 8:55pm Inn Inspector wrote:
To be honest, I don't believe that they try to make a place look as bad as possible. If anything, they made it sound better than it was. They didn't show the disgusting toilets in the basement, the filthy conservatory or comment on the fact that you can't open the windows in any of the rooms at the front of the hotel due to the traffic noise.
Nice to see Sally working rather than propping up the bar, but I'm not sure I want to eat her egg and chips having seen her standard of cleanliness...................
On 7 Jul 2009 at 9:15pm Morticia wrote:
If the owner doesn't give a toss (she clearly didn't have any shame at all) then why would the cleaner? In my humble opinion you need more than a little senior citizen running around with a duster in a hotel and bar that size. Not that I've ever been through the door - nor ever will now.
As for it being underfunded, probably, but you need to be at least clean enough for guests to stay there to make any money ...another missed Lewesian opportunity going to rack and ruin, chalk it up next to the White Hart.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 9:51pm Pernickity wrote:
The White Hart is just as much of a disgrace.I looked at the reviews last week and was quite shocked.
That place has gone downhill so much...The 'restaurant' smells of wee,and chlorine.Like I would imagine a badly run old folks home smells.
I would never eat there and would be very interested to see the kitchens..I wish Gordon Ramsey would go and sort it out.And the Hotel inspector.
It's about time these fine stablishments were run properly.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 11:50pm Lewes Central wrote:
On Demand Five now. Have to say that we have some good memories of times there but several of our friends stayed there just after she took over, including one who runs a highly successful B&B and who offered her a lot of advice which she ignored even back then and they all reckoned Karen hadn't a clue. Given how many good B&B's there are in Lewes the reviews will have to stay good for some time before she can be guaranteed our custom. What I want to know is, how did the poor sods she 'cared' for prior to her reincarnation as hotelier feel about her standard of cleanliness?
On 7 Jul 2009 at 11:55pm Lewes Central wrote:
Oh and the White Hart, hmmm, haven't stayed there for about 10 years now, they got the booking wrong, the sheets on our beds hadn't been changed from the previous occupants, the shower was broken, the drains smelt and there was more but I just can't remember it now, suffice to say it was bad enough that I don't even mention it as an option when people ask where to stay...
On 8 Jul 2009 at 7:14am gissepie wrote:
The manager from the White Hart moved on to the Half Moon over in Plumpton. Didn't last long and is now gone. And the place is up for sale...
On 8 Jul 2009 at 9:59am me wrote:
Is anyone else getting the same google ads at the bottom of this page and finding them as amusing as I am?
On 8 Jul 2009 at 10:01am Geoff wrote:
Lord landport, what was the egg and chips line?
I booked some friends to stay in the Crown......once.
On 8 Jul 2009 at 1:34pm Lord Landport wrote:
Phil The barman had to walk into the kitchen and order Egg and chips and rumour has it he fluffed it several times.
On 8 Jul 2009 at 2:00pm Pikelet wrote:
Quite how did The Crown regain any stars? Only even after the "make-over", the rooms that were shown still looked as if they'd been furnished with the sort of leftovers most of us would feel ashamed to donate to recycling!! The whole place needs serious money (like hundreds of thousands of pounds) spent on it before it'll ever be properly inhabitable! Three stars my BOTTOM!
On 8 Jul 2009 at 7:09pm Geoff wrote:
Oh dear, no Oscar for him, then.
On 9 Jul 2009 at 2:28pm Frak wrote:
Lewes Central - where are all these very good B&B's in Lewes - I've been trying to find some and they seem few and far between, especially if you want more than 2 rooms. Trying to book rooms for a wedding and it has proved near impossible.
As for not believing they don't make places look as bad as possible, you've obviously never made a TV programme.

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