It has a good go at being a modestly upmarket spa hotel, but can't quite pull it off, at least not consistently. Easiest to review the different components separately...
Hotel room - standard double was not terrible, but a bit drab - splash of colour wouldn't go amiss. Plus there were connecting doors (locked, thankfully!) to neighbouring rooms, so the sound insulation is poor. On the upside, a really nice bathroom, and reasonably comfy bed.
Spa - is very nice as hotel pools with attached steam rooms and saunas go, although you might be disappointing if expecting more of a spa complex. Pool is 12m and deep enough for a proper swim. Hot tub outside very bijou in a slightly odd garden setting. Sauna nice and hot, steam room a bit on the cool and small side. Nice cafe/bar area attached, and you can sup a bubbly from the Jacuzzi if you wish!
Restaurants - 'Normanton Inn' was OK, pleasant enough, but a bit overpriced for what you got, and a design and feel that lacks coherence. Fish and chips and beefburger meals are around £13; mushrooms and pancetta gnocchi a rather lovely special at about the same. Selection of breads was a good nibble to start with (but butter and marg in a packets not the classiest touch) and the olives bad value at around £4 for 7 or 8 pretty average olives. Wine variable - a decent merlot at £20, but Paddock Chardonnay at £18.50 was bland - I've had better supermarket bottles of the same for a fiver! Food and ambiance much better on our second night (Saturday) than the Friday, which felt a bit dead. Service and staff friendly and helpful.
Breakfast - not bad. A serviceable cold buffet selection then a choice of breakfasts from a menu. Eggs Benedict were excellent. Full English pretty good, nice black pudding, couple of rashers of bacon, one tomato, one mushroom, one egg to order, and a single sausage (could have done with two). Polenta sausage option didn't really do it for us.
Oddments - they so need new carpets in the one of the staircase corridors above the spa, and the request to wear shoes in the conservatory restaurant is just dated!
All in all, it serves a purpose - a good base for enjoying Clumber Park or Sherwood Pines biking etc. (Spa and Sauna great after a day's riding!), But I'd be disappointed if the hotel was the main thing I was visiting.
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