Have just spent the weekend here for a college re-union. I am rarely driven to write reviews but seriously, you would have to go back 50 years to find food this bad in England. I am at a bit of a loss how to describe the awfulness of it. Thick gloopy sauces, charred, overcooked meat with no seasoning or perceptible flavour, covered in gelatinous Bisto-style gravy masquerading as a "red wine sauce". I felt sorry for the wedding party next door, if their menu was anything like as shocking as ours, then the happy couple really will have had a reception to remember!.
On the plus side, the rooms were comfortable & clean, the staff were friendly & helpful, so some good points.
Further criticisms include a choice in the bars of lager or Boddingtons, if you can call that beer! It also seems extraordinary that at checkout time on a Sunday, there are only two staff manning reception. My bill was wrong - I had been charged for everything in the minibar. Apparently it is pressure sensitive and moving anything in it adds it to your bill immediately. Strangely the reception staff are unaware that you need a code number to get out of the carpark, with the result that everyone queued to get out while someone went back to find out the exit code!!
If you need to stay in the Midlands or have a yearning to play golf, no problem, but stop off at Waitrose at the M40 services and buy some rations...
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- Centrally located near Solihull in the West Midlands, the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club is the perfect setting for business or leisure travel. Our convenient central location provides easy access to all modes of transportation making navigation seamless for all travel preferences. Ideal for a weekend getaway in Meriden, Birmingham, our hotel features a full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, serene indoor pool, decadent restaurants and a picturesque golf course. ... more less
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