The reception area is bright and imposing. Quite a wow factor. The check-in staff were friendly an efficient. Our room was on the same level as the reception (the bar & restaurant were all down one level) - so we were worried that there might be noise from other guests walking past - but we heard nothing - the place is very well sound-proofed.
Room has paintings of Winchester Cathedral. And a big arm chair (not needed) which means that one of the beds (we had twins) has to be shoved up tight against a wall. I recommend that they get rid of the armchair - and this will give them room to move the bed out - and give it some ‘breathing’ space. There is also a comfy office chair and a desk. But it is a smallish room - and so it cannot comfortably accommodate all that furniture. The bathroom was on the small side but well equipped, with a powerful shower - the bath tub was very clean.
We had dinner in the restaurant. The service was a bit hap-hazard - but the food was very well prepared. Good choice, good wines and some good cooking. Our praise to the chef and kitchen staff!
The bar was less professional. It was as if the young staff had not properly trained. After waiting a while to get some attention - one of the three bar staff (who were all fiddling about doing ‘other’ things i.e. cleaning out ice or checking stock) came over to serve. I asked for a glass of stout (there was no stout beer on tap and I could not see it in the fridges.) The young bar tender said “We have bass...” I said, “Do Bass make stout then?” He said, “Er, no, this is light ale.” I ordered two pints of lager. He started pouring one and then came back and said. “Lager’s off - we need to change a barrel.”
I settled for two bottles of local ale - because I could see that the fridge. The choice seemed a lot easier for all concerned. The tables in the bar area were sticky and were covered in rings (i.e. the tables could do with an occasional wipe) and some of the tables had old empties on them. This bar needs someone to take charge.
We got a good deal on this hotel from Booking . com and we were happy with the evening meal. So we would be prepared to give the place 4 stars. But the breakfast was poor. And the experience at the bar let this hotel down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect destination for leisure, business or families. Our 141 luxury and contemporary bedrooms offer ultimate comfort and amenities, including: high-speed wi-fi, luxury beds, power showers and luxury toiletries.Enjoy lunch or dinner at the AA Rosette awarded Morn Hill Brasserie, or relax with a drink or light meal in our contemporary lounge bar.Our stunning location on the edge of the South Downs National Park makes the Holiday Inn one of the most spectacular Winchester wedding venues, catering for to 180 guests. We also offer event hire for parties and celebrations.For all things business, the hotel provides excellent accommodation, as well as meeting rooms and conference facilities. There are 8 boardrooms available for hire, which also includes high speed wireless internet and free car parking.With great parking and access by the M3 motorway, train or bus - the hotel is ideally located to explore the historic city of Winchester and surrounding attractions. ... more less
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- Holiday Inn Winchester Hotel Winchester