We booked this hotel to come back to to relax after a day at Drayton Manor theme park. We had stayed previously so knew what to expect, but this time hoped for better weather so that we could make more use of some of the outdoor facilities.
I thought the price was quite expensive when I booked, but we wanted a pool for our boys so ce la vie!
We were given a large room (2 double beds) in the same corridor as we stayed in the last time, but on the opposite side, so just had a view into an internal courtyard/garden, but we weren't there to look out of the window.
We headed straight for the pool and were a little disappointed to see that half of it was roped off for a private swimming lesson for 2 children, but luckily the pool wasn't busy so it wasn't too much of a problem. The changing room and showers were clean, the only small thing I could recommend is that they upgrade the lockers to keypads (as many other Marriott hotels have) so that you don't have to have a big plastic bracelet with the key attached to it.
We didn't eat in the hotel as we actually had a room picnic that we had brought with us, but we did pop down to the bar for a drink. I was really surprised at how quiet it was but I think the hotel in general was very quiet.
We all slept well and even needed our alarm to wake us the next morning.
The breakfast room was very quiet, but there was still plenty of choice and even someone to cook eggs, omelettes etc. Breakfast was nice, but we thought that the breakfast we had at the Premier Inn the previous morning was better.
After breakfast my husband and oldest son used the pool again, while me and our 5yr old just chilled in the room. After check out we headed for the driving range, then for a game of tennis before we left for our journey home.
We enjoyed our stay, but thought that the price we paid was quite expensive bearing in mind how quiet the hotel was. However we would probably return to the hotel if we are visiting Drayton Manor again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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