A last minute requirement to stay in Watford while helping a relative to move house at short notice. As it is just a week before Christmas, even the usual budget overnight places were full and the full service business hotels are just too expensive for a bed to sleep in when you know you'll not be at the hotel until gone 9 pm and will be out before 7 am.
So we found the Hunton Park. We more or less knew what to expect as DeVere own a similar facility very close to where we live. Consequently, our expectations were not high and we weren't disappointed.
The rooms are small, the bed was hard, there was a lack of pillows and the bathroom stank. The TV worked, but was just about unwatchable due to interference. Clothes hanging space was minimal and all night there was a continual sound of what sounded like an extractor fan outside, or close to our room.
But it was just for one night, it was cheap and other than the horrible smell from the bathroom (which I suspect was just stagnant water in the toilet), it was all clean.
These "venues" locations are really corporate training centres with accommodation - so if you set your expectations low and accept that what you'll get is more or less student hall of residence accommodation, you won't be disappointed. If, however, you are expecting a "proper" de Vere hotel - you will be very disappointed. We paid £60 for a night - even the local Travel Lodge was asking £70+, so it served us fine for the night.
And the one member of staff that we met was friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hunton Park, conveniently located just minutes from the M25 and M1 and 10 minutes from Watford centre, is a beautiful Queen Anne Manor House set in stunning English Gardens, offering first class accommodation and meeting rooms, indoor swimming pool and complimentary parking. ... more less