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Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in St Albans
Manchester
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21 reviews
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“A very decent evening”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

I stayed at the Thistle on business, arriving after 6:30 and leaving early. It was a very pleasant stay, check in was quick & easy, the Wi-Fi in the room free and worked well (actually very well non of the handing over all of your personal details before being begrudgingly granted access) one click and you're in.

I chose to eat dinner in the bar watching football, it was the wrong result, though I can't blame that on the hotel management, decent food well served and very efficient.

Had I been organised I would have taken swimming trunks and used the pool, maybe next time.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Michael L, Manager at Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Comfycol,

Thanks for your review.

I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the stay with us, particularly your feedback regarding our high speed WIFI and food offerings.

Apologies that the football didnt go your way and we do look forward to welcoming you again.

All the best
Michael
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Enfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My partner and I stayed here for one night for Valentine's Day and enjoyed our stay thoroughly! Upon check in the girl was friendly and informative, the room was surprisingly spacious and had everything we needed. We made a booking in the restaurant that evening with the young gentleman manager in the small bar and I have to say the food that we had was very tasty indeed! Even though it was busy all the staff made sure we had what we wanted. Thank you to the young man who looked after us during our meal (I think tom was his name??) I will return with some friends in a couple of weeks time for a meal

  • Stayed February 2014
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Michael L, Manager at Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, responded to this review, 25 February 2014
Dear Ctayl,

Thank you for your review.

I am very pleased to see that you had such an enjoyable stay with us and I will pass your kind words on to Tom.

I hope the next time you are in the area you visit us again.

All the best
Michael
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Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed here last night with my husband and son for a relaxing break - not to be unfortunately! Started with not being able to find the hotel & when rang for directions the receptionist was no help at all. Booked into the restaurant for dinner for 8.30 - which the service was atrocious. Ordered a bottle of wine which they just plonked on the table, didn't take the lid off or ask if we wanted to taste the wine!! We had to ask for everything - drinks, to order food! Didn't clear the plates before our main turned up, the list goes on! However after speaking to the restaurant manager he did apologise and gave us a discount on our food, so we were happy that it had been dealt with & went off to bed. Unfortunately though we couldn't sleep due to the noise level of the room above (stayed in room 128). The couple had the telly on loud until 6.00am this morning and didn't stop talking, or arguing, felt we were in the room with them. Rang the duty manager at 4.30 this morning and tried to change our room, but no more family rooms! They asked the couple to keep the noise down - but it didn't make any difference. Think it was the acoustics of the room as we could even hear when the manager knocked on the door! Nightmare - would not return here in a hurry!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Michael L, Manager at Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Dear Vince W,

Thank you for your review.

I am sorry to hear that your experience with us was not what you hoped for.

We endeavour to give all our guests a memorable stay and it would seem on this occasion we didn't reach our usually high standard.

The feedback has been taken on board and this learning will help our team in the future
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All the best
Michael
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Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

My hubby and stayed 2nights at the noke hotel .the 1st night we ate in the advadcodo restaurant . Big mistake ..we had sirloin steak was not cooked . The room was very clean and comfortable with no complaints ..the gym all the facilities excellent ..expect the food over priced and not good ..so 10 mins walk from the hotel is a lovely pub called the 3Hammers ...we ate there it was fab ..we enjoyed the sauna steam room and the pool ..very good ..yes we would go back again ..but not eat there ..

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Michael L, Manager at Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, responded to this review, 25 February 2014
Dear Libelo,

Thank you for your review.

I am glad to see that overall you had a positive stay with us and you enjoyed our leisure club particularly.

My apologies that you found that you're steak was not cooked to your liking. I would always encourage our guests to let us know at the time if they have any issues, so that we may try and resolve it whilst you are still in the hotel.

I hope you visit us again the next time you are in the area.

All the best
Michael
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Just popped in for a cup of tea and a rest whilst travelling. Lovely, friendly staff. Quick and efficient service. Clean lounge, bit dated and not very light but very cosy. Not alot of parking spaces.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Michael L, Manager at Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, responded to this review, 25 February 2014
Dear Bunteeeee,

Thank you for your review.

I am pleased to see you found our team to be friendly and efficient and perhaps next time you will stay long enough for a bite to eat.

All the best

Michael
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2014

I have had the pleasure of staying in this hotel for a number of weeks while working in the South on Business, and if you come into contact with James (in the restaurant) , Katie (on reception) or Tom (in events) you can be sure you will receive a first class, attentive service. For a regular stayer needing an uninterrupted nights sleep I recommend you ask for a bedroom to the back of the hotel, away from the hustle and bustle of the main road, and busy commutes between St Albans, the A1 and the M25.
The rooms facing the front of the hotel are the noisiest, and the oldest in terms of comfort too.

Whilst I never got to utilise the gym and pool facilities, they look first class!

The room keys being deactivated as at December 2013 we were assured was an issue that had now been resolved.

Menus| for regular stayers can become a little repetitive even breakfast is totally predictable. Great for quick selection for occasional stays though.

This hotel is ideally situated if you want to make a quick access to the M25 or M1 but if needing access into watford would recommend something the other side of the A41. Traffic at peak times into and out of Watford is very slow moving.

Room Tip: Back of the hotel, and twin beds appear firmer, newer and more comfortable. My experience with the d...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Michael L, Manager at Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Dear AmandaMaryLou,

Thank you for your review.

It is very pleasing to see such positive comments regards the fisrt class service you experienced and I will feed this back to the team and individuals mentioned.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hotel the next time you are in the area.

All the best
Michael
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2014

We attended the New Year party with 10 friends, which included an overnight stay. Check in was quick, the rooms were clean & a decent size, the bathroom was on the small side but again, was clean & had all you needed.
The evening meal was lovely, Aberdeen Angus steak, which could have been dodgy but was perfectly cooked. We had our own personal waiter who served our food & any drinks we needed from the bar.
There was a good choice of food for breakfast, both hot & cold. The hot food was replaced quickly, hot tea & coffee offered as soon as you booked into the restaurant.
Overall, a very pleasant evening with superb food & friendly, professional staff.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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3 Thank eatingforpleasure
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Michael L, Manager at Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Dear Eatingforpleasure,

Many thanks for your comments.

I am very pleased to see that you had a such an enjoyable stay with us and it was a delight to read such a warm review.

I will feedback your comments to all the departments involved.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best wishes
Michael
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Additional Information about Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel

Property: Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel
Address: Watford Road, St Albans AL2 3DS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > St Albans
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in St Albans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 110
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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Noke Hotel St Albans
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