Myself and girlfriend stayed here about a year ago having gotten a good deal on a room (£45 I think), I went to University in Nottingham and having had friends who worked at the bar had been in the hotel and thought the public areas looked really nice and upmarket and thought the rooms would be the same - I was wrong!
First of all the good points about this hotel; the location is great, it's walking distance to the centre and a hundred metres from the tram line, far enough removed to be quiet. The public areas are well maintained and look very nice, there is a huge well stocked bar area and although relatively empty when we went in was quite pleasant - not a rival for the bars in the lace market but good all the same.
The staff on the front desk were okay, I've met friendlier. When we got to our room on the 2nd floor the two things immediately struck me; firstly how small it was, it was like a box room with a wardrobe stuffed into a corner next to the window, TV and the usual stuff on top of the drawers/desk. The second thing that didn't exactly impress was that there were 3 or 4 lights out making the room seem very dull - not helped by the fact that the window looked directly onto the atrium roof, blocking any kind of view there might have been. We headed out to do some shopping and on our way out reported the lights to reception who said they would sort it immediately. We headed out for about an hour and half shopping, etc and when we came back they had been replaced - 2 out of 4 anyway, perhaps they had run out of bulbs!? I gave up at this point as we had a dinner reservation and was unconvinced that anything would get done anyway.
Would I stay here again - No, not even at £45/night, if I'd paid full price I would have been furious, there are plenty of hotels in Nottingham cheaper that offer nicer rooms for less and with better service. I'm not entirely sure how it's classed as a 4 star, I assume there are better rooms and perhaps because we paid a discounted rate we were given one of the more basic ones. Overall disappointed and underwhelmed by the whole experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Nottingham is one of the most stylish hotels in the Midlands. In the City Centre nearby many Government offices, both Universities, the Queens Medical Centre and Casinos, Crowne Plaza Nottingham has air conditioning in every bedroom plus an indoor swimming pool.Close to East Midlands Airport and the city centre attractions and shops, we have 210 bedrooms including flat screen TV's, mini bars and laptop safes (in most rooms). In addition we have a choice of bar and dining options, a leisure club and our own 600-space car park with direct access into the hotel. As the East Midland's No1 Conference and Meeting venue we offer 17 excellent rooms from a Boardroom for 6 to a conference for 400 including your own dedicated conference partner, use of Workbase and the services of our own in-house technician with the latest audio visual equipment with wireless internet access. From ancient to modern, Nottingham is the home of Robin Hood and Paul Smith, combining history with style as the East Midland's premier shopping City. Our sporting heritage is unparalleled too with Trent Bridge cricket club, 2 football teams, The National Ice Arena, Nottingham Castle and the National Watersports Centre, only a few of the great places to visit in Nottingham including the renowned nightlife. In accordance with English law this hotel is now non-smoking throughout. ... more less
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