My husband booked this hotel to celebrate his 60th Birthday with the family. Check in was dealt with smoothly, despite a number of guests checking in at the same time. We had asked for all 4 rooms to be together, but it seems to depend on when you check in as to which rooms you are allocated, so 2 were together and the other 2 a little further apart, but not so much as to spoil the weekend.
We found all the staff throughout the hotel to be polite & helpful at all times. The bar area is very open plan, which doesn't give it much atmosphere, but still pleasant enough. We made good use of the leisure complex, which is excellent, lovely big fluffy towels provided, just remember to take a pound coin with you for the locker. Lovely pool & jacuzi, and never that busy.
We had an excellent meal at The White Horse Inn, a local pub which is within walking disctance of the hotel. Great food at reasonable prices, the chef was very interested in our comments & opinions, and even ran down the road after us, when my daughter dropped her purse under the table!! Service or what?
There was a Christmas 'Do' for students going on in one of the function rooms, but they were no problem at all (probably because most of them were under 18 & couldn't drink!!
Breakfast on the Saturday was a bit more shambolic, not nearly enough staff around for the number of tables, tea, coffee & toast are brought to the table, but be prepared for a long wait, also for your table to be cleared when you have finished. The staff were doing their best, but there just wasn't enough of them to do the job properely. Having said that the food was very good, plenty of choice, and all fairly hot.
We went into Stratford on the Saturday moring and had a wander round, then came back mid afternoon and made full use of the pool & jacuzi again, and just chilled out.
We booked a table in the restaurant for the Saturday evening, and had a wonderful meal, plenty of choice and well cooked & presented, staff much better than at breakfast. We aksed in advance if we could put balloons & decorations on the table, and they actually did it for us.
Finished the night off in the bar area, where there was another function going on, this one as bit more lively than the night before, but again no problems.
Breakfast on the Sunday was just as shambolic as the day before, with a long wait for more fried eggs to be brought out, heard several people complaining.
Slept well both nights, rooms are pleasant & comfortable, as are the beds, only slight problem was that the fan in the bathroom was very noisy and woke up hubby each time I went to the loo!!
I would definately recommend this hotel for a weekend break, and wouldn't hesitate to return.
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