This was an early birthday present for my husband. Why early because both this year and last the hotel is fully booked. I tried to get a special offer but wasn't able to because of the restrictions of dates we had available. So booked directly with the hotel, which wasn't too much more than the special price.
So we arrived early to make the most of our stay. The concierge fellas were very sweet and entertaining, and they gave us a quick tour of the hotel, taking in the Profumo Affair, which I wanted to replicate! However I reckon the National Trust tour must be quite good too.......... But wasn't sure of timings etc, so couldn't be bothered. We had been here before, just to visit the grounds really, so we wanted to go out and see some more. We were lucky as the Chapel was open, and that really is beautiful. The river is a long walk down, but well worth it, we were unlucky with the weather on the second day, but still fab. However to take photos looking up at the hotel from the gardens, was not very pleasant as they were doing work there. It wasn't noisy but you don't really want that in your picture. Think they should tell you before you arrive, Ok I'm not Christine Keeler but so what!
The Hotel is very lovely, the entrance large and dark, with massive tapestries on the wall, all in keeping with the surrounds and history of the place, and many lovely paintings all over the place. A lovely library which we went to and saw some really old books, even older than us!
The room we were given was an upgrade to Gibson, with our name hand written on the door label. Not sure who Gibson was? A really fab room with a 4 poster bed, overlooking the long drive to the Fountain of Love, which is an amazing sight. No kettle in the room though, 5 star 1 star I find that a pain, because yes the staff are amazing etc, I don't like it that they're in your face all the time, it can be OTT............ but I must state they were all very very nice. Think it's just me If I want to go out for a smoke, I don't want everyone to follow me and fuss!!!!!!!!!!
My husband loved it there, and I booked him a massage, which he loved. I swam in the outdoor pool,( with my costume on) which I do anyway at least 4 times a week, a really old beautiful pool in a nice setting. Just below the clock tower that strikes every half hour during the day. I think the spa could do with a bit of modernisation and you needed an ology to work the showers.
We ate in the Club house, as we felt the main restaurant was too restricting for our dietry requirements, which is no meat, but fish and vegetarian. The Club house is lovely, and consists of alcoves, and the waiter was fab. I think they will adapt to your tastes, but I still think it a strange menu. We eat out a lot, so I think I know what I'm talking about, and I do cook a lot too.
Breakfast is in a pleasant bright room, we didn't get first row overlooking the garden, but hey it was nice. Continental included in the price, I had to ask for croissants though, and the cheese was right next to the meat, off putting for me, and no labels on the juices. It was OK but not stunning.
Cliveden is a very lovely place, in a great location, definitely worth a visit. We received also a hand written note welcoming us, and when they realised it was an early birthday present for my man, a cake was sent to the room. They also put a kettle in the room, a little too late, when they realised I wanted a hot water and lemon first thing. I deal a lot with hotels, having been in that specialist area for many years, so I have stayed in luxurious hotels before, and it annoys me, that 5 stars think you want to always summon someone to bring you stuff all the time, and yes most lower standard hotels have basic coffee making facilities in the room,........... It's a small detail, but important to me, maybe my fault I didn't think about it until I went to bed. The bed was lovely, and the place romantic. Make a visit and you'll love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cliveden is unique. One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland and with wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames. It is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport. Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, and many other well-known names from the past and present. ... more less
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