Wife and I stayed at the Belmont overnight on Saturday 21/07/12 on a £89.00 bed, breakfast, 3 course evening meal and a cocktail promotion. Room 116 was small but clean & the bed comfortable however, mould was coming through the ceiling paint in the bathroom (not good, but not sufficiently bad to complain as we were only there for 1 night). Dinner was included in Jamies Bar and Lounge (advertised as 'a relaxing rendezvous') and we had booked a table for 7-30 a couple of days prior to our arrival. At 7.00 we presented ourselves in said bar for our cocktail. We were surprised that, despite only a few guests, there were 5 or 6 staff behind the bar. At 7-30 we were seated in the dining area and had ordered starters of egg Benedict and steaks for our main course. By 8.00 we realised the reason for the surfeit of staff, as a 100 plus wedding party arrived in the bar so that the function room they were using could be prepared between their afternoon and evening sessions. By 8-15, the bar and dining area was heaving with wedding party and our starter had not arrived. Not daring to move, lest our table was taken over by wedding guests, I phoned reception and complained to the duty manager. Within 15 minutes our starters arrived along with, by way of apology, a complimentary glass of wine. Dishes were collected and main course was promised within 15 minutes. 30 minutes later, not only were we surrounded by hearty wedding guests but their children were running around. At this point, we admitted defeat and left our table, only to meet the Duty Manager with our steaks on our way out. Before we could say any thing, he took us through to an oasis of calm called Cherry's restaurant where there were 8 or 10 other diners and loads of spare tables (why he couldn't have done this earlier I do not know). Admittedly, the steak was very nice as were the sweets, coupled with a complimentary bottle of wine and apologies from the staff, however it was 10-30 before we had finished eating (3 hours) which, as we intended going out into Leicester, ruined our evening. Whereas I would not dissuade anyone from staying at the Belmont, I certainly would not recommend them dining in 'Jamies Bar' on a Saturday evening because, for us, it was definitely not a 'relaxing rendezvous'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish family-owned hotel in the heart of Leicester. Pretty, leafy location, minutes from the station with free parking. Character Victorian Town House, stylish bedrooms varying from modern to traditional, with latest in WiFi access. Well located for theatre breaks (minutes from De Montfort Hall, & close to Curve theatre) and shopping at the fantastic new Highcross quatter. The place to stay in Leicester. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belmont Hotel Leicester
- Best Western Leicester
- Leicester Best Western
- The Belmont Hotel Leicester, Leicestershire