Although this hotel is almost on my doorstep I had never been to it before this visit. The occasion was a friend's birthday celebration attended by me and some of his immediate family. As a 'Blue Badge' user I had hoped to find some convenient 'parking for disabled' bays but saw none and had to take a bit of a walk through the lengthy and very full car park. The rain did not help my disappointment. It was also a pity that I had to ask one of my fellow guests to carry my bags to my room as there seemed to be a shortage of available staff.
After a couple of drinks served in the bar by a very cheerful lady my attitude improved and was further heightened by the excellent service of the restaurant staff and the fine dining which exceeded my expectations.
I had a good night's sleep but was surprised to be woken at 7.30 on Sunday morning by what sounded to be a vacuum cleaner and its user talking over its noise to a colleague.
Unfortunately breakfast that morning rather let the side down. The staff seemed disinterested and needed to be prompted to take our breakfast orders and even had to be reminded that tea, coffee and toast would be welcome.
As I was a friend's guest I did not feel it my place to complain but I hope that the hotel management will read this review and note my comments.
- 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