It's been a while since I stayed at the Radcliffe and I have to say it's time some serious money was invested in the environment.
The rooms are basic...it feels like an episode of 'Ashes to Ashes' with the 1980's decor. The bathrooms need an update, but they are clean. The beds are comfortable though! I was in a ground floor room and what surprised me was my windows did not have any locks on them, which meant that at night I was loathe to open them as literally anyone could walk past and get in. Surprisingly my colleague who was on the upper floor did have window locks...go figure??
The hotel is generally a bit echo'y at night and the long corridors don't do much to facilitate a quiet night as guests rumble down towards their rooms.
My colleague had to change rooms, as on check in, her loo was blocked which reflects the general state of the bathroom facilities.
Food good and plentiful...real potential to 'pig out', so be warned!
The saving grace are the great staff, who make the place a bit special. I had problems booking online as the website said there were no vacancies on the dates that I needed, so I dropped them an email and Melanie sorted this out for me and was on the desk when I checked in and remembered me too, which was nice. Staff in the bar, restaurant etc all great, polite, attentive, so lots going for the place...just a shame that the staff are not able to work in an environment that matches their skills and potential.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radcliffe offers a wide choice of meeting spaces including 11 lecture rooms and 32 syndicate rooms. Each lecture room is fitted with remote-controlled audio-visual systems and a range of other training and presentation aids. All rooms benefit from natural daylight and custom all-day seating. When it's time to unwind, Radcliffe excels in offering residential facilities of the highest quality. From award winning catering to luxury en-suite bedrooms, Radcliffe is a true home away from home. For the more energetic, there is also a games room, an exercise room and full access to the campus sports facilities including swimming pool. ... more less