I stayed here when visiting for a conference at the TCC. The hotel is outside of the city centre on South Howard, which seems to be an upcoming area full of diverse restaurants and bars.
The Epicurean is a boutique Hotel from a large chain (Marriott) and like all such places it can be a bit quirky in places, for instance finding the rooftop bar from inside the hotel isn't easy, and the backdrop to the hotel is a high rise car park. But I have to say that any faults that I found were small when compared to the good things that this hotel has to offer.
My room was set out intelligently with all of the important things that I need on a business trip like a good shower, lots of power points, an iron that works, efficient lighting, comfortable bed etc.
The staff were all friendly, helpful and efficient. And more than that, when I needed laundry done at the weekend and their normal supplier was closed, they went out to find a laundry that would do it and a staff member took and returned the clothes too.
There is a fine wine store (with tastings) just off the reception, a teaching kitchen in the lobby area and a chocolatier across the driveway. The gym is small but well set out with good equipment and if you can find the bar it's well worth a visit, it has knowledgeable bar staff and unusual drinks brands, and if you are there towards the weekend it's a busy place to be.
Finally the restaurant, as you would expect they try to put chefy twists on the food that they produce which is a good thing btw. I had a 100 day aged steak here that was better than the one that I had at Bern's a couple of days later.
So, all in all pretty good...
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- Explore life's many flavors at the Epicurean, where your stay will be filled from beginning to end with experiences that activate all your senses. Relax in the urban chic comfort of our luxurious guest rooms and suites. Signature restaurant, rooftop bar, full service spa, wine shop and culinary classroom with a robust calendar of events. Awaken Appetites Unknown! ... more less
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