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Botleigh Grange Hotel
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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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2  Thank Loncat
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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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Thank Claire S
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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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1  Thank Jill r
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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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Thank Lee D
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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.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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3  Thank JustinBedford
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