I really liked this place! I'm a fan of Marriott - I like the fact that they have successfully raised the bar for UK hotels and set a high standard that you can depend on.
The hotel is rural, but still well located for lots of great places in the region, such as Warwick, Coventry, Birmingham and the beautiful town of Leamington Spa. The approach to the hotel is a long driveway through the bucolic landscape and very well manicured grounds. Security is clearly a priority, with signs telling you of CCTV and grounds patrol. A gated entrance leads to a slightly confusing car park area, which is divided between hotel guests and golf club members. This is indicative of the hotels split personality - a big 4 star hotel on the one hand, and a local golf and country club on the other. The weekend I stayed was a very busy one, with country club members and wedding guests vying for priority, especially in the car park, which was very full. However we pulled up to reception, left the car and check in was quick, and very courteous. In fact the lady who checked us in could not have been more helpful or friendly. An excellent first impression. We had made some quite specific room requests - we wanted an upgraded room, but smoking, which isn't available, but we were given an excellent, big, twin double bedded room which was upgraded with bathrobes, slippers, water etc.
The rooms are very nice, large, with Marriott's excellent beds, nice bathrooms (but no seperate shower despite what the Marriott website says) etc. But - the security is not up to standard. We were on the ground floor, and for the time we stayed, the emergency exits were constantly open - not locked, but actually open, with doors opened wide. This meant that access to the guest areas was TOTAL. No key card entry, no checking of who was coming in or out of the hotel, no having to go through reception to enter the hotel. This made the in room safe an absolute necessity.
Be aware there is NO AIRCON in the rooms. This was in no way a problem as it was a cool August weekend, but over 25 degrees and this would have really annoyed me and made a good nights sleep a questionable reality.
But the hotel staff are brilliant. Nothing is too much trouble, from check in, to the bar, to the restaurant. On the weekend we stayed, there were 3 big weddings going on, but at no time were the facilities overwhelmed. We had brilliant massages in the excellent Cedarwood spa which are very good value.
Overall, really good and we will return.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Forest Of Arden Marriott Hotel And Country Club
- Marriott Birmingham
- Marriott Coventry
- Coventry Marriott