Spent a few nights at The Spread Eagle prior to visiting Glorious Goodwood. The good things are the location of the hotel in the centre of beautiful Midhurst; the hotel and its grounds are gorgeous and the staff were, in the main, friendly and helpful.
Downsides were, firstly, being obliged to book a dinner-included package during the Goodwood week - we rather resented not being able to try out some of Midhurst's local restaurants while we were there. Whilst we understand the hotel's strategy, it did rather make us feel a bit trapped!
We found prices a bit 'top end' for food and drink - another example of the massive mark-ups hotels add to their drink prices...£24 for a very unexciting bottle of Voignier that would have cost about £7 or £8 to buy.
We found it very difficult to sleep unfortunately - yes, this is a gorgeous, listed building, but paper-thin walls and excessively creaking floors do not make for a good night's sleep. We ended up fashioning make-do earplugs out of cotton wool balls. Take proper earplugs if you want to get some sleep! Also, the over-bath showers are hopeless! Poor flow, and ours was fixed in position on the wall so low down that my 6'3" tall husband had to kneel in the bath to actually get under the trickle of water it elicited!
We had a few issues with housekeeping and we were a little disappointed with this and the lack of concern shown when certain matters were raised with staff. For this reason alone, unfortunately we won't be returning to The Spread Eagle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE SPREAD EAGLE HOTEL & SPA IN MIDHURST is one of England's oldest coaching inns in the heart of the South Downs. The 15th-century Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa welcomes you with a fine blend of traditional charm and contemporary comfort. Nestling in the historic town of Midhurst, it's the perfect setting to explore the beauty of West Sussex, swim, spa and experience fine dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spread Eagle Midhurst
- Hotel Spread Eagle
- The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa Midhurst, West Sussex