My partner & I booked to stay 2 nights over my birthday weekend using a buyagift.com voucher which included breakfast, we picked the Aston as the best of a reasonable bunch of hotels in the area we wanted to visit. Having read some of the previous reviews we were prepared for disappointment but hopeful that we'd still have a good time. We owe the Aston team an apology for ever doubting them. The hotel is less than a minute from the A1M but you wouldn't know it was there, our room backed on to the road and we couldn't hear a thing day or night! The double room, number 10 on the ground floor, was warm, spotlessly clean and had a king size bed as standard.
The bathroom was also immaculate with 1 large towel and 2 small to hand plus another large towel in the wardrobe along with 2 spare pillows. The hot water was plentiful and easily adjusted so after using the free gym facilities I could scrub my sweaty bits for as long as I wanted! The gym had a good choice of equipment with plenty of space to use it and everything was in full working order.
We had breakfast both mornings, consisting of hot & cold buffet, there was a very good selection of both hot & cold food, all well cooked and or presented despite a large coach party being present and ravenous on the first morning.
The staff were friendly, helpful but not false or intrusive. I particularly liked Catherine on reception who's smile was ever present :) All in all a brilliant weekend away and we'll stay at the Aston again next time we venture Ooooop north!
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