Bah Humbug! See Charles Dickens' scathing review of his trip to Stafford and stay in the Swan Hotel

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If Trip Advisor had been in existence in Charles Dickens’ day fans of the review site would have found his account of staying at the Swan Hotel in Stafford entertaining – if rather cutting.

Cruelly calling the award-winning venue “The Dodo”, the celebrated 19 century writer complained about its “tactless desert of a sitting room”, “smell of closeness and flue” and “ the loose little bits of carpet”, which he went on to say “writhe under my tread and take wormy shapes.”

Period25 Dec 2017

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