There is no doubt that the hotel and the grounds are beautiful. We went in October just as autumn was taking possession of the gardens and the whole place was beautifully autumnal. However there are just niggles which mean that it felt a very overpriced overnight stay. We booked one of the Garden Wing rooms. The room itself was beautiful and had a little outside seating area. The problem was we were staying on a Saturday night with a wedding taking place and we felt very much like second class citizens. The wedding occupied the main dining room and this was the only way from reception to our room without going outside and trudging through the cold and wet gardens. In the morning when leaving we had to make our way through staff setting up for a birthday party and were admonished to "watch out for the projector screen" cunningly set up behind the door. Also it was clear that the wedding party had the kitchen's full attention in the morning - my full English breakfast was only scrambled eggs, black pudding and a hash brown and a small spoonful of beans - all the rest bacon, sausage etc. were missing. Didn't bother reception as it was quite cold when it arrived so waiting for the missing items to arrive wasn't really an option. Do go but ask first if there is a wedding on!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This magnificent town-house hotel, set in five acres of beautiful English country gardens with lake, is remarkably close to the city centre. The Newling Ward family converted the 500 year-old building in 1965 and continue to own and run the hotel. The 30 bedrooms are individually styled, with many overlooking the lake and gardens, and the award-winning orangery style restaurant shares the same views. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, bar snacks, cream teas and dinner served in a choice of dining areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Michaels Manor
- St Michaels Manor Saint Albans