Woman’s 70th birthday trip ruined after she finds needle in ‘dirty’ hotel bed

A pensioner was disgusted to find a needle in her hotel bed during a nightmare UK city break.

Caroline Monteith had travelled 213 miles from her home in Bellshill, Scotland to stay in the fancy Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool to mark her 70th birthday.

But the celebrations turned sour after Caroline was first put in a "filthy room" and asked to swap.

And after spending the night in the new room, the Scot found a large needle in the bed.

The Liverpool Echo says the Adelphi Hotel has conceded the rooms "did not meet expectations".

Caroline, who was joined by husband George, 73, and two friends, said: "In the morning I said 'what's this thing on the pillow?' It was a needle with black thread. I couldn't believe it. It was obvious the bed had not been changed.

"The curtains were hanging off and it looked like kids had scribbled on the walls and when we went to open the wardrobe the knob fell off.

"The bed was positioned in such away that it was too narrow to get in at the sides so we had to crawl over the middle to climb into bed."

Speaking about the initial room she was put in, the pensioner said: "It was a huge room on the second floor but it was filthy and our feet were sticking to the carpet.

"The curtains were hanging off the window and covered in dust. There was a brown sideboard and I joked it must be the mini-bar but when we opened it, it fell to bits."

And the tourist said other issues during their three night stay earlier this summer included "only two lifts working," "disgusting" food and crisp packets, cans of soft drinks and beer strewn on corridors and by lifts.

Adelphi Hotel is a three-star establishment operated by Britannia Hotels in the heart of the city.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "I am sorry that the rooms that Mrs Monteith had allocated did not meet expectations, I will be investigating the condition of the rooms in question and ensuring that any necessary improvements are made.

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