눉I noticed wallpaper peeling off the walls in my room (albeit hidden away behind an armchair) and was a bit surprised that someone with 20 minutes and a pot of paste hadn't been up to fix that. But this is a very, very minor - almost meaningless - quibble, given that my experience was so positive.
눇A brilliant location. If you're attending NEC but want value for money in terms of accommodation, eschew the chains around the exhibition centre and head for Hampton Manor. A country house hotel with exquisite service, great facilities, a stunning location, and a brilliant restaurant. After a busy day, this was a perfect place to wind down, enjoy a beautifully mixed cocktail, and appreciate the head chef's superb palate and highly developed technical skills. (The vegetarian tasting menu was truly impressive and showed that there was a true talent leading the kitchen.)