This was a last minute booking, and were we glad we went.
We spent just 1 night and had a lovely modern room, breakfast and evening meal there. It was a fine day and we sat in their small courtyard with some wine and ordered some Indian starters as an afternoon 'nibble' to go with the wine which were superb.
Staines is quite a small town on the river Thames but very nice with 2 pubs on the river for just relaxing at, although we did ours at the hotel. Good on-site (free) parking and a short walk to the town. The receptionists were lovely and welcoming which usually sets the tone for the rest of the stay.
The evening meal was the only disappointment as it was not very well presented and looked like an 'inclusive' meal, which was much different to the food served up to the 'paying' guests. A shame to do that as the difference in cost would have been minimal - but the effect was not.
An interesting evening as there was a film crew who had taken over one of the small rooms fronting the hotel, turned it into a seaside 'shell' shop, and then spent all afternoon and evening shooting scenes with Harry Hill and Julie Walters and a mysterious 'shell man'. I guess we will see the end product sometime in the future!
Will look forward to returning and making this yet another of our regular 'haunts', but probably without the evening meal.
Good tip: We found out that we could leave the car at the hotel on our check-out day and get the train to london (which we had planned to have a quirky afternoon tea at the 'Champgne et Fromage rooms at Covent Garden followed by a theatre), in the end we drove but would consider doing this next time.
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