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I love the Gentry it amazing in there the staff are really kind and amazing and the facilities in there are amazing. i always go back no matter what!
I have been visiting the Greenhouse in Darlaston for almost a year now, with approximately a dozen visits over that time; this, I believe, makes me 'qualified' to comment upon it. I accept that I did not know what it was like in the 'good old days' when the prices were lower, so I cannot make a comparison with then, but as such a comparison would be irrelevant to anybody currently considering going for the first time, I do not think that it is necessary.
I would say that there are two issues to be addressed here: value for money and quality of product. The admission price of £16 is not cheap, but it is less than the price of a round of drinks and, assuming that a person only visits every few weeks, as I tend to, a relatively small cost per month or year. Furthermore, parking is free and towels, lube and condoms - and sometimes food and soft drinks - are provided for free, too.
The quality of the product comes down to two things - the facilities and the atmosphere in the establishment. The facilities are extensive; the locker room may be somewhat cramped, but it is not impossible to change there, and sometimes the saunas themselves are not as warm as they might be, but, considering the size of the building and the number of features, there are far more positives than negatives to the place. When everything is operating, there is a decent-sized pool - which is barely used, in my experience - a hot tub that could fit up to 10, two wet saunas, one dry sauna and four showers. And that's just the sauna aspect of the place! As far as 'entertainment' is concerned, there are two cinemas, at least two communal darkrooms, six gloryhole booths, numerous small private rooms and booths and areas of 'specialist' interest, such as a dungeon and watersports area. There is also a smoking area, a relaxation lounge and even an outside area on the roof.
In my experience, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays (which is called 'Dare to Bare' day, where patrons are encouraged to go naked) are the busiest and, therefore, the most active. Perhaps if a few more guys were less shy about covering themselves up with their towels the rest of the time - after all, we are all there for the same thing and there is no need to be modest - there would be no need for a 'Dare to Bare' day at all! Nobody ever strikes me as being there for the sauna, pool or hot tub, and the films in the cinema are not good enough to justify going there for them, so, logically, guys must be going there mainly for 'fun'! So relax and let everyone see what you have, guys......
If you go into 90% of the rooms you will be 'safe' from any unwanted attention; guys will be friendly but I personally have never experienced or witnessed any 'pushiness' by anybody on anyone (which does not necessarily mean to say that it does not happen, of course). If you go into the dark rooms you will find hands and bodies aplenty; if that does not appeal to you either don't go in there in the first place or leave when it happens.
In summary, therefore, this sauna is (mostly) clean, warm, comfortable, enjoyable and friendly, with a wide variety of clientele and attractions to keep both newcomers and regulars satisfied. I think that it's worth the admission price, too.
This is QUITE POSSIBLY...EVEN ACTUALLY...THE dirtiest sauna in Europe. I tried it recently, and although staff were sort of friendly, I notice a used condom discarded on the stair at the bottom. Staff too busy chatting on their phones to clean this away. Someone had used one of the private cabins as a toilet and this was not cleaned up. Nauseating and nothing done about it!
The whole building has a feeling of unlove, of old age, of decay, in many areas, a horrid, damp smell. Tatty. Scuffed. Rust. A smell of drains and toilets drifting from the upstairs loo as one sits and tries to use the internet. And this not a sexy place, too small for any real cruising.
And the men. A motley collection of fatties, freaks and other wonderful creatures. Pot-bellies, bent noses, baldness, farting, obesity in some measure, and the singing in the shower, they were clamouring at the tops of their voices like a bunch of Welsh coal-miners for their Frey Bentos dinner. Spoke to the manager about the dirtiness and he didn't care. I wont be going back to this Black Hole of Calcutta.
Just been last evening... DO NOT GO. First off their entry prices are not as advertised on the website - £20 is the entry fee NOT £14. Place is in complete disrepair, sheets of paint peeling off ceilings and walls. Private areas have mats that are all ripped, with inner foam soaked in others’ juices and have detritus around the mats. Locker room is rusty as hell. I checked out a number of the open lockers to see if they were all in such bad repair and they all were; some off their hinges. A small of the staff are little Princesses... with a very passive aggressive manner that obviously puts people off, hence the lack of investment in maintenance. I was aggressively challenged why I was so interested in the state of repair of the lockers and openly called ‘Shady’; bit rich as the website has false prices advertised, and accused of opening lockers that belonged to other people! As my continued membership and patronage was clearly not welcome I politely handed back my membership card and asked my details to be deleted to be told, "Okay, I will just give it to someone else". Think the Data Protection Act will have something to say about that. Very VERY INDISCREET statement, and if a true practice totally illegal. TERRIBLE place avoid!!!
After a long absence, I paid a visit to Lad's Locker Room in Bristol on Tuesday October 23 2017, the first naked day after what they had proudly claimed on their Facebook page was going to be a "partial refurbishment". They added "WE WILL BE MAKING FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS” i.e. by November 3.
A refurbishment was certainly overdue.
What had they done, I wondered, as I walked in?
Had they cleaned the place up, I wondered?
Had they tidied away the floor mops and the hose used to top up the jacuzzi?
Had they fixed the showers to bare even the slightest resemblance the attractive blue tiled ones displayed on their website?
Had they cleaned the jacuzzi?
Had they fixed the steam room to produce sufficient steam to keep it steamy?
No. None of these things.
When I got there I found that the three showers were still drab and dirty, and one of them was still hanging off the wall, rusting as it had done for over a year. There was still very little hot water, and then only after a lot of fiddling with the geriatric controls, and a long cold wait.
If they had tried to clean the jacuzzi, they had failed. It stank. The switch on the wall that operates the air pump was broken and had to be fiddled with to make it work.
The steam room was stone cold. Even after the helpful door man “rebooted” it when I complained, the steam was sporadic and inadequate and required the switch on the wall to be pressed endlessly. I have been to over 40 Gay saunas around the world, and this one continues to have the worst steam room I have ever been in.
So what had the owner done while the place was closed for four days?
He had knocked a hole through a wall to provide access from the reception area to the lounge area.
Why did he bother, I wondered? There was already a perfectly good doorway between the two, about two steps along the same wall.
What a waste of time and money.
The potential clientele in Bristol must exceed that in Swindon and Newport, because its population is three times as big as either of them, and yet the clientele is a fraction of that in that in those towns.
Let’s, for a moment, compare Lads Locker Room to Touch in Swindon. Touch is clean, stylishly decorated, and well maintained, because the enthusiastic young guys who own it know that repeat custom comes from looking after your customers, making them feel that they are valued, and treating them with respect by providing good reliable facilities. They have invested their time and money in it. As a result, customers willingly go back again and again. That is why it is generally busy with guys of all ages, and always so on a naked Tuesday. This is why it it profitable.
Consider the Greenhouse in Newport, another clean, tidy, well run, well maintained gay sauna within reach of Bristol. Always packed on a naked Wednesday and plenty busy at other times.
The owner of Lad's Locker Room is called Mathew. Mathew spreads himself around as a director of 14 companies at the last count. I’m not sure if he is competent to direct any of them. As far as Lad's Locker Room is concerned, he has demonstrated since he bought the place about three years ago, that he is not.
When I arrived on Tuesday October 23 2017 after the partial refurbishment, there were two customers. Two. Why so few? Because since Mathew bought it, this place has never ever failed to disappoint.
I withheld this review for several weeks to give Mathew a chance to finish his refurbishment or at least announce his plans to do so. He has not, so I can only assume Lad's Locker Room remains awful and that Mathew has no intention of improving it.
Mathew, I understand that you are targeting the drunken late night weekend crowd. Perhaps that is why you don't care that Lad's Locker Room looks like a pig sty. Perhaps late on Friday and Saturday is when you make your profit. You cannot possibly do so at any other time. I have been there at all sorts of times, and the place has never been busy.
Mathew, why don't you do yourself a favour, by thinking about your customers? It is directly in your financial interests to provide a clean, well decorated, fully functional gay sauna. So far you have failed miserably, and it is only because there is now zero competition in Bristol that Lad's Locker Room is still drizzling along at all.
What a waste of a facility!
Mathew, where is your pride? Where is your business acumen?
I CHALLENGE YOU to respond.