Stayed at this hotel for a two night golfing break as part of a group of twelve golfers. The hotel has a good sized lobby with free access to two computer terminals and two coffee machines providing a variety of free coffees. The reception desk was quite busy when we arrived but the receptionists were friendly and efficient and check in did not seem to take long at all. I had opted to pay extra for single accommodation and was allocated a double bedded room quite near to reception, the rest of our group were allocated twin bedded rooms somewhat further away. I would best describe my room as a standard corporate hotel room big enough not to be cramped but not large. The furniture in the room consisted of large desk with swivel chair, a double bed and side tables, a small table and an easy chair. There was also a double wardrobe with shelf space, an ironing board and iron and a safe. Also provided was a kettle, two cups and sufficient provisions to make several cups of tea or coffee. The built in television provided several TV channels but did not have the modern guest services system commonly found in most hotels today. I was however impressed with the number of power sockets available for use to power my Ipad and charge my various electronic devices. I was also impressed the free WiFi which was fast and had enough bandwidth to allow me to watch Sky sports on my Ipad. The bathroom was small but the over bath shower worked well providing a good supply of hot water. The bed was firm but comfortable and I was able to enjoy a good nights sleep, however this may have been made possible by the lack of an air conditioning fan which made the bedroom very quiet. Although the room did not have air conditioning it stayed at a comfortable temperature throughout my stay.
All meals were taken in the main restaurant and were buffet style. There was a good selection of hot and cold items at breakfast and guests could eat as much or as little as they required. There was also a good choice of starters, mains and puddings at dinner, but I would describe the quality of the main dishes as pretty average and disappointing. I must at this point confess that I detest buffet style dining at dinner but others in my party really liked the ability to eat at their own pace rather than having to eat at the pace dictated by the waiters. The restaurant was also quite noisy both at breakfast and dinner. The bar next to reception was always busy and had a large screen television showing sports programmes. Despite the bar being busy there always seemed to be the right number of staff working the bar and I never had difficulty obtaining service. Some of my colleagues thought the bar prices exorbitant but I found the prices about the same as I would expect to pay at any hotel of this quality. As part of our group booking we enjoyed a discount on all drinks purchased. My overall experience of this hotel was good and I would gladly come here again on a golfing break. I would not however choose this hotel to bring my wife for a romantic weekend.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De Vere Staverton Park
- De Vere Staverton Estate Daventry