Set in the University campus which was odd, but surrounded by what felt like parkland. The first sight of hotel is striking. Upon entering the atrium, you are struck by the height and light coming through the windows. This hotel is contemporary through & through from the design of the building, decor & bathrooms.
5 star service from Natasha in reception on arrival & departure. Extremely friendly and given we were strangers in Nottingham, helped with taxis to Capital FM arena & suggestions where to visit the next day, with full details. This young lady, is a credit to you.
My husband advised that we were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. When we arrived in our room, we found the most lovely & original gift of a message written in chocolate on a large serving plate, with a huge chocolate brownie surrounded by raspberries & meringues, thank you, it was delicious!
As for the actual hotel & room, we would say we enjoyed our surroundings & decor. It was quite refreshing. The facilities in the room, had everything we needed. The hand wash smelt divine and was amazed to find weight scales in the bathroom (first time ever in a hotel, but they didn't work). We have never seen a safe yet in a British hotel room, so felt that was a very good feature. Linens very clean. Very quiet. We could not understand 2 design features in the bathroom though. The contemporary clean look was great but, when you put the sink tap on, it first went all over the top instead of in the sink! Everywhere got wet! In the bath the drain is not set at the usual tap end....ok a small, irrelevant thing you may say, but, if you are having a shower, how do you let the water drain away with out catching your toes on the outlet which sticks up a good inch a third of the way down the bath? SAFETY feature I think?
Overall, we felt the room was way overpriced. We booked an "Executive room", but didn't feel we got " Executive" value.
As for what we saw of the rest of the hotel, ladies toilets were a suprise as in the design, I liked it.
The few negatives about the hotel were the sloppiness we noticed here & there. We decided to have a drink in the bar but sat in the upstairs area as there were no free seats downstairs. There were a few empty glasses which hadn't been collected, but the chairs & tables were all over the place, it looked unkempt & untidy. We tried to use the complimentary coffee machines by the lifts before going upto our room. Machines weren't dispensing drinks, the area was a total mess! The machines looked dirty, we decided not to bother. Also found a rooftop garden....except the door was locked. Upon looking out, the outdoor furniture were untidy and worse, whatever had been planted had been allowed to overgrow so was now a rooftop weed area, that was a shame.
Disappointed to find swimming pool wasn't on the premises, but a walk away in the university sports centre, so didn't use.
Overall, loved the contemporary feel of the hotel, good service, lots of good features, but you need to sort out the negatives above if you want stunning!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adjacent to the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, architects and interior designers have developed the eco-friendly building featuring accessible rooftop terraces, green roofs and maximum use of natural daylight. Spanning 330 acres, hotel incorporates an executive lounge, 160-cover restaurant, bar area, outside terrace, gym and four meeting rooms. Built to the highest environmental standards, the hotel will feature state-of-the-art technology to reduce carbon emissions. Solar photovoltaic panels and ground-sourced heat technology are also incorporated. ... more less
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