It is always difficult to judge of the services of a hotel that is using a very old house as its infrastructure. You can't really expect the internet or all installations to be top notch, as every 20th century feature has been sort of bolted on a building that was not designed for it.
In the case of the St Michael's Manor in St Albans though, they have done a great job of it (And the internet works very well!). This is really an ideal destination for those lovers of "old and beautiful". The manor is well preserved, elegant and comfortable, and surrounded by inspiring and harmonious gardens.
The staff is discrete and extremely professional, an example of British hostelry at its best.
We stayed with 2 young children and have received excellent and attentive service from everyone. The room was clean and functional, including the cleverly modernized bathroom. The room we had was facing West so took the full sun all afternoon and was quite hot by end of the evening. Not to worry about, the air con is very silent and effective.
The hotel does not have a gym, but is 100m from the beautiful Verulamium park, in which there is all the space needed for a great work out.
We did not test the restaurant for dinner, but had breakfast twice, and it was just great. Bio products, variations of British breakfast served very quickly and hot, and it all tasted delicious.
Oh yes... and the mini shampoo and conditioner in the room are Paraben free! That's really rare!
- 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