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Scarman Training and Conference Centre
Ranked #13 of 39 Hotels in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Arrived here at around 1am, as attending a conference at the Uni and the conference organisers had managed to mess up our booking in what is normally the student accommodation. Despite the late hour, Reception dealt with our booking quickly and efficiently. The route to the room was a bit of a trek and there is a strange lift system, whereby you take the lift up one floor from reception, but it only takes you up to the 1st floor, then you need to walk along another corridor to find another lift and/or stairs to get to the 2nd floor - odd.

Anyway, the room was fine – clean and well presented. There was a flat-screen TV, a kettle with coffee and tea sachets (both including decaff) and a pack of biscuits, plus a bottle of water. There were large liquid soap plus hair and body wash dispensers, a thin plastic cup for mouth-rinse purposes, plus complimentary size body lotion and mouthwash (no shower cap). The shower was good but whilst the hand towel and bath sheet were clean, they weren’t particularly soft. There was a phone in the bedroom and (oddly I thought) the bathroom (above the loo – perhaps this is where business people conduct their business, in more than one sense of the word lol). There was a trouser press and an iron and ironing board in the cupboard, which I was glad of to press my linen jacket which had suffered during the journey in my bag (yes, I was ironing at 1.30am), but I couldn’t seem to get the ironing board down again! Hairdryer also provided.

Slight niggles: there was a small fan in the cupboard, which I got out as the weather was hot, but this was so noisy that it could not be used, as it would have hindered sleep, so the window wide open for the night was the best I could do. Also, the pillows were on the small side, plus you had to remember to make sure your door was locked with the key when leaving, or turn the lock when you get in, as it didn’t lock automatically on closure, and there was no inside cover for the spy-hole.

Breakfast was OK – buffet style, with full range of the usual cooked items (although they kept running out of toast), croissants and pastries, cereals, jam and marmite, plus it was nice to have a ‘healthy corner’ with fresh berries and yogurt (again, could have been replenished quicker). Fruit juice, tea and coffee freely available, although the hot water for the tea pots was from an urn, rather than boiling as I would have liked. The breakfast plates were purposely small, preventing people from having too much on their plate (although they could of course go back for seconds if they wanted!). Had to ask them to replenish the bowl of bananas too, so felt they could have kept their eye on stock levels a bit better, but on the whole fairly organised considering the amount of people they are feeding at once.

The conference centre accommodation is situated about a 15 minute or so walk from the Arts Centre theatre on the campus so has we had heavy bags and had to be there early, reception ordered a taxi to take us there, which came very quickly and the fare was £5 to the Arts Centre.

On the whole, I would be more than happy to stay here again if I was here on business purposes.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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warwickconferences, General Manager at Scarman Training and Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent comprehensive review & photos following your stay at Scarman, Warwick Conferences. Your comments regarding the bedrooms & catering have been passed to the appropriate teams and will be acted on immediately.

I hope to welcome you back to Warwick Conferences again soon.

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Richard Harrison

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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Scarman is a very good loacation close to many important places at the university. Very Simple but clean and with everything which is necessary. They have a nice coffeemaker and free drinking water in the rooms.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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warwickconferences, General Manager at Scarman Training and Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on Scarman, Warwick Conferences. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay.

I hope to welcome you back to Warwick Conferences again soon.

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Reviewed 30 August 2013

I've visited this conference centre for a reoccurring event in 2009, 2011, and 2013 and it's probably the best facility I've ever been a delegate at in the UK and I've been to plenty of conferencing hotels. The Warwick Arts Centre is the perfect host for a media heavy event as it has several lecture theaters, a standard theater, a large open hall that can be use for trade fairs and hobbyist stalls and the fantastically equipped Butterworth Hall.

The Rootes Building has several excellent features including two restaurants, a coffee shop, and bar as well several other large rooms that can be converted from workshop rooms to art galleries and more. The Student Union which can be booked has split level bars which can be used to host pub quizzes, karaoke and more. The local bar the Dirty Duck is a friendly place with affordable food and a nicer atmosphere than most student joints - though it is up a lot of steps a lift is available via the SU building.

The outdoor ampitheatre is a great gathering place and the large screen on the side of the Rootes Building visible from it can be used to display conference relevant programming. I have to recommend this as a delegate I think they are fantastic, they aren't phased if the event is a business conference, sports tournament, or a fan convention.

The only issues I have is that the breakfast, though good, isn't as good as some others I've had and the rooms I personally stayed in (Arthur Vick in the Conference Park, rather than Scarman) were rather basic - but they had plenty of storage space!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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warwickconferences, General Manager at Scarman Training and Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your very detailed review and recommendation following your stay a Warwick Conferences. It's a pleasure to hear that we have met your expectations on more than one occasion and that you would rate us as the best facility in the UK for business trips.

Myself, and all the team look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Best regards,
Richard Harrison

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Stayed here for one night on business, but have stayed here before for conferences and training. The rooms have been updated since my last stay, are very comfortable and have everything you need. The free wi-fi was great, though the signal in my bedroom was a little hard to find and I initially had to stand by the bathroom to connect! Good sleep, nice and quiet despite the place being busy with a conference ongoing. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food in the restaurant was good though limited menu in the private dining area (a conference was on in the large dining hall). Breakfast buffet was vast and all tasted good. Overall excellent service, thanks.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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warwickconferences, General Manager at Scarman Training and Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

Dear Guest,

It's a pleasure to hear you enjoyed your stay at Scarman, Warwick Conferences.Thank you for taking the time to post a review.

Myself, and all the team look forward to seeing you at Warwick again in the future,

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Richard Harrison

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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We stayed at Scarman as I had to attend a seminar and my husband and 8.5 month son came along. We stayed for one night at Radcliffe and then two nights here. Our room was large, modern and clean - very comfortable. There was a king size bed and all three of us were able to fit comfortably. I got a last minute student rate so value was excellent but I will definitely consider staying there again, even at regular rates. Best place to stay on campus.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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warwickconferences, General Manager at Scarman Training and Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on Scarman, Warwick Conferences. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay.

Myself, and all the team hope to welcome you back to Warwick Conferences again soon.

Kindest Regards
Richard Harrison

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

I visited Scarman this weekend for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, volunteer conference. The accomodation was five star, and the food was excellent with so much choice .Conference facilities second to none, made the weekend flow like clockwork. The staff were extremely friendly, and the whole weekend passed without a hitch. Its easy to see why NODA have selected this venue for their summer school. I look forward to visiting again in the future.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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warwickconferences, General Manager at Scarman Training and Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent complimentary review on Scarman, Warwick Conferences. It is a pleasure to hear you enjoyed all aspects of your stay.

Myself and all the team look forward to welcoming you back soon,

Kindest regards,

Richard Harrison

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Reviewed 21 June 2013

I stayed here last week for 3 days. Clean and staff were friendly. Breakfast was good. Only downside is that the room had no view and its kind of a boring place. Otherwise overall it was good, no major complaints.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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warwickconferences, General Manager at Scarman Training and Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on Scarman, Warwick Conferences. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay.

I hope to welcome you back to Warwick Conferences again soon.

Kindest Regards
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Additional Information about Scarman Training and Conference Centre

Address: Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Coventry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Coventry
Price Range: £90 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 204
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering over 54 specialised meeting rooms and 204 luxury en suite bedrooms, Scarman is one of the largest residential Training and Conference Centres in the UK. Size isn't everything, however - and at Scarman, we agree. It's our dedicated, professional team that truly makes this venue unique, working tirelessly and efficiently behind the scenes to ensure that your event runs like clockwork. ... more   less 
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