Spent a weekend at this hotel with husband and kids on a 'spring break' offer. The lady on reception was very welcoming and efficient and we were allocated a family room. The room itself was very quiet and overlooked the back of the hotel, it was very spacious and had a double and 2 decent single beds, which is a nice change from all being crammed into a small room with the kids sleeping on a sofa bed. There was a lovely big, well maintained bathroom with toiletries should you be one of those who doesn't bring their own, and plenty of quality towels.
The hotel has a leisure facility so after dumping our bags we headed down there for a swim. The pool wasn't the biggest but apart from a bunch of women on a hen weekend we pretty much had it to ourselves. There are some tired areas but from the plans on display it looks like they are in the process of a revamp.
We ate dinner in the hotel that night as part of our package but found the restaurant and food not to our taste. The menu is dated and expensive, which I would say is pretty typical of hotel dining. The food was distinctly average - tasteless fish and overcooked steak. The only people eating there must be on similar packages as you certainly wouldn't choose the place as a dining destination! Had I been paying the prices quoted on the menu I'd have been very upset!
Breakfast the morning after was a totally different experience. We were seated in the conservatory overlooking the gardens at the back of the hotel. The food offering was great with a huge selection of continental items, breads, cereals, yoghurt, juices and fruit. There was also a good selection of hot items and everything was of excellent quality and perfectly cooked and presented. Staff were very attentive and there was a good supply of tea and coffee and toast.
In all this is a nice hotel, I'd say it attracts lots of weddings and other functions but it was very convenient for trips into Chester, the zoo and of course Cheshire Oaks, which is just down the road.
Recommended if you are looking for a place in the area and a nice change from some of the other chains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in 27 acres of Cheshire woodland, you wouldn't believe how close Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa is to the M53, connecting to the M56 and onto Manchester and the rest of the UK. A beautiful secluded hotel and picture perfect wedding venue combined with outstanding comfort and accessibility. Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa blends the best of British tradition with comfort and style to ensure your stay is special. And we're ideally located just a short distance from the attractions of the North West, with the historic city of Chester only ten minutes away. Enjoy cocktails on the terrace before experiencing gourmet dining in the Craxton Wood Grill. Indulge at our Vital Health & Wellbeing Club and Spa - we've just undergone a sensational £1.4million transformation and there's no better place to put your feet up and let our therapists ease away your stresses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Craxton Wood Chester
- Hotel Macdonald Craxton Wood
- Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa Ledsham, Cheshire, UK