I stayed here last in 2011 and it hasn't really changed since then, so the rooms are a bit dated, though clean and tidy. I had a twin room to myself and I would have preferred a double as it would have been a bit more comfortable, but it was workable.
Staff were very good and very friendly and I would say the service was very good. The Otium Health Club is very good with a good gym for a hotel, nice pool, sauna and so on. This is a distinct advantage for this hotel.
I chose to stay here because I needed to be able to park a car and it's close to the M25, which is great if you are driving, but I would not stay here if you want or need to be near the centre. There is also nothing within easy walking distance (aside from a petrol station) so you are a bit captive, so if you don't like that sort of thing then it's not for you.
I ordered room service and it was prompt and the food was good, though I think the tray charge of £5 is ridiculous and left me in two minds as to whether room service was a service at all and not in fact an imposition on the hotel. This is way more than the norm I see in most hotels.
Breakfast is good with plenty of choice and it's a big room so they managed to fit a lot of people in.
My room was on the ground floor at the front so I had a fair bit of traffic noise. Thankfully, I am half-deaf so things like that don't tend to bother me, but if it does bother you then ask for a room facing the courtyard as that will be quieter.
Overall, I thought this place was OK but a bit dated, though you can't always get hotels with a decent gym and so on in cities so that's a plus point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Noke by Thistle St Albans is a traditional Victorian hotel, located in Hertfordshire; it is accessible via the Thameslink train from London. Just off the M25, the M1 and close to the A1, it’s a popular venue for business meetings & weekend breaks. There are 110 bedrooms, including 44 deluxe bedrooms and suites and six meeting rooms, the largest seating 250 people theatre-style. With our landscaped grounds, easy accessibility and ample free parking on-site, Thistle St Albans is also a popular wedding venue and convenient for business meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle St Albans Hotel St. Albans
- Noke Hotel St Albans
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