I stayed here with colleagues in May 2013. It was very close to Alton station. My first thought when approaching the building was that the photo on the website must have been taken quite a long time ago.
Upon arrival I was handed a key and given directions by a friendly receptionist. The layout was a bit confusing (had to go up and down stairs to get to the room) but it was well signposted.
The room itself was a single with a desk, chair, small table, bedside table, TV and phone. It was pretty clean. The en-suite bathroom was clean and fairly modern, although there were signs of cut corners when cleaning, and quite a lot of residue around the tiles. The shower sounded like a motorbike, which made me feel a bit guilty as I had to be up before 6am!
The bed itself was comfortable enough - clean sheets. TV was easy to use. There appeared to be a swimming pool out the back but it was only filled with a puddle from the rain.
We ate in the restaurant that evening. I think I missed something here as my colleagues were raving about it and even returned to the hotel the day we checked out, to have dinner with friends. To me, it looked like an old pub and served pretty poor, bog standard food. The service was a bit "Fawlty-Towers-esque" - a very busy woman rushed around us appearing very flustered despite the restaurant being pretty quiet. It took well over an hour for us to get any food.
All in all, it was an okay stay. I had a good night's sleep and the room was clean, but nothing beyond that. I think the hotel must have been quite grand a few decades ago but it's not been updated since.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alton House Hotel is a country house hotel set in the idyllic market town of Alton, Hampshire. We offer good quality en-suite accommodation, excellent conference and meeting facilities and we are a well renowned wedding venue. Our hotel has an excellent restaurant and bar area for residents and guests to enjoy. Our award winning gardens provide an excellent venue for summer weddings and functions in the sun. The hotel is only two minutes walk from the railway station and town centre. Guest parking is free, just register your vehicle at reception. The hotel is close to the main cities and towns of Basingstoke, Winchester, Bordon and Petersfield with easy access to the M3 motorway. Local attractions include the famous Jane Austen House, the Watercress Steam Railway, the Curtis Museum, Gilbert White’s House and St Lawrence Church. ... more less
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