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“We've renamed this place Botleigh Hole”

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Botleigh Grange Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hedge End
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
249 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“We've renamed this place Botleigh Hole”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

......and that isn't an ironic term of endearment. We had to stay here for work purposes, so that isn't so bad, it's not like we actually picked it or paid for it! Small mercies really.
As many have said, this hotel is tired. Don't think for a second that this is the kind of tired that gives it a quaint charm, it's more like it nodded off in 1970 and slipped into a coma. The walls bubble where damp is having a field day, the smell of mildew is exquisite and the room temperature - Arctic.
Breakfast was bizarre. More servers than guests but possibly the slowest service ever. Our favourite part was the travelling ketchup pot. God forbid you don't take enough ketchup as it sojourns briefly on your table as quickly as it arrives it's whisked off to the next, then the next.
At a rate of well over £80 a night on corporate rates you'd think we could have our own mini pot, or even a bottle, we're not fussy.
The best bit of our stay was waving to the lovely Highland cow as we left.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We stayed here for one night to celebrate a golden wedding anniversary. We were a large group of 17. The hotel was very busy with 2 wedding functions, but the hotel took every care to provide us with everything we needed to make this very special occasion memorable for all the right reasons. Yes the hotel is old and a little tired but it was clean, the staff were attentive and the food was good (our main complaint would be that the portion sizes were huge). The grounds are lovely and the children enjoyed the pool. The rooms were all larger than you would find in a more modern hotel - we all found them too hot and the radiators couldn't be turned down but apart from this everything was great. Thanks very much Botleigh Grange, we will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2013

I stayed at this hotel for work purposes, it is tired and run down, it could be a very nice place with a little t l c. The bedrooms were dated with heavy floral drapes over the bed, the chairs in the room were grubby, the valance sheet had lots of dirty marks on it, all the doors were dirty. The bar felt like an old peoples home with no atmosphere, and after looking at the expensive menu and other peoples meals that were being served we decided to eat in the village, the tables and chairs in the bar area again had not been cleaned.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Birtley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We stayed here for a weekend break whilst we attended a nearby wedding. The room itself was an excellent size but some of the decoration was tired. Lovely grounds and a nice area, although fairly expensive for the level of facilities on offer. Staff were very friendly and service excellent throughout.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Just completed a 2 night business trip staying at the Botleigh Grange. Normally I stay in Winchester but fancied a change and saw that this hotel had a swimming pool and spa facility and therefore decided to book Botleigh Grange.

Hotel is quite grand in a faded glory kind of way (ie rundown). Check in went smoothly and staff were always very friendly and welcoming. Initially I was given a room on one of the periphery wings which was clean and tidy and ok for somewhere to sleep but not what I would class as a comfortable or luxurious hotel room. The bathroom had a dated feel with the usual slightly grubby bath with shower over and half shower screen that doesn't really keep water off the floor completely. Some of the sealant and grouting was past its prime and black in places.

The worst issue was that the supposedly free wifi just didn't work at all from the room. I rang reception who promised to reboot the router but this still didn't either happen or didn't help with the internet access only working for about 30 seconds briefly on the following morning.

As I had a lot of work that had to be done of the 2nd evening I complained to reception who promised to move me to a new room with working Wifi. They did move me to another room above the conference facilities in the main part of the building and the wifi was faster and more reliable here but still not 100%. With outages of 10-15 minutes on a regular occurrence.

Unfortunately this second room smelt like an old ladies bathroom with an overpowering smell of scented soap which hit you every time you returned to the room. It became unnoticeable after a period of time being in the room and helped having all the windows open but not ideal in middle of October when temperatures are dropping.

The Spa facilities at the hotel are quite small with reasonable pool probably 12-13m, Jacuzzi, steam and sauna and Rahul mud room treatment seemingly available. Luckily the pool was quiet when I used it so could get some swimming. However I think if more than 10-15 people were to use the pool area at one time it would quickly become crowded. There were only 12 lockers in the gents changing rooms and it was all done in the usual spa hotel style being what must be a recent addition to the hotel.

Breakfast whilst I was there was ordered from the waitress for full English. This came out very hot and with poached eggs with runny yolk as hoped for something that a lot of chain hotels fail to achieve. With a smaller selection of cereals and pastries set to one side. Bread was very nice quality and left to each person to cut their own slices from the loaf.

Dinner was also good with a reasonable menu. All courses were nice and well presented and averagely priced. Although an automatic gratuity was added to the bill which I didn't realise at the time and didn't notice on the menu.

The main restaurant is a little unusual being a large banquet / ball room type room. Unfortunately it doesn't feel cosy just a more functional large room that lacks atmosphere in some way.

Reasonable accommodation for the price paid however I would not stay here again due to quality of the rooms and specifically the very poor wifi internet access in this hotel making it unsuitable for business travellers.

Room Tip: Rooms near conference rooms in main part of the hotel have better wifi access.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

I was a member of the Girls Night In package commented on by The Gillards. I agree with everything said. The hotel staff could not have been more helpful, both before our arrival and whilst we were there. Nothing seemed to be any trouble. Apart from the table set aside for our breakfast, they had also set up a table for us for lunch when we arrived. I would also recommend this weekend.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Like most potential guests we read the reviews on here prior to booking, and as always after my visit I do find myself puzzled by some of the comments.

I can only speak as I find and we had a most wonderful stay at this hotel.
Myself, ,my sister and 2 close friends booked a spa package for £89 each, this included, overnight stay, use of all the spa facilities, a 6 course dinner, along with glass of complimentary champagne, and breakfast the next morning.

The receptionist on arrival was lovely and couldn't have been friendlier, or more helpful. Yes the hotel was slightly dated but it added to the character of it. The rooms were spacious and catered to all our needs. The spa was lovely. We are frequent visitors to spa hotels and this spa was most impressive. The staff in the spa were welcoming and very friendly.

The 6 course meal was outstanding and in comfortable surroundings. We were served by 2 young ladies Jade G and Meghan and we were very impressed with the service and their friendly dispositions. The breakfast in the morning I also could not fault.
The next day we spent more time relaxing in the spa, then coffee, sat in the grounds.
Our whole experience was delightful. The only negative was a wedding taking place with, shall we say some guests that were not very respectful to other staying guests . We arrived to a plume of smoke with people standing smoking at the entrance. This wasn't the fault of the hotel and in fairness they were extremely apologetic and did all they could to make amends. I highly recommend this hotel . The deal we had was superb value and as 4 ladies that visit spa hotels on a regular basis the Botleigh grange is most certainly high on our return/recommend list. We enjoyed every second and hope to be back in the near future . Thank you

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Botleigh Grange Hotel
Address: Grange Road, Hedge End SO30 2GA, England (Formerly The Legacy Botleigh Grange Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Hedge End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hedge End
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Botleigh Grange Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Botleigh Grange Hotel & Spa is a beautiful country hotel with all the character you would expect from such a grand 17th century building whilst combining traditional ambience with modern facilities.Ideally situated amongst 14 acres of stunning gardens and grounds in Hampshire, this beautiful country house hotel offers you the warmest of welcomes whilst our dedicated staff strive to offer all our guests a level of service that will surprise you. The combination of great service and facilities such as our luxurious Spa, award winning restaurant and spacious bedrooms, including four poster bedrooms, makes Botleigh Grange Hotel the perfect choice for leisure or business (our conferencing facilities being the largest in the south), as well as being a great venue for weddings, with infinite opportunities for photographs in its stunning grounds, which include two lakes. ... more   less 
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