I stayed here last week and my overall impression was not too bad.
The welcome was fine, although evening meals had been left off my booking form, so I had a brief discussion with the receptionist about it....absolutely no problem at all....but then some bloke behind the counter chipped in as I was walking off and explained the same thing to me twice more, but also saying if I was lying/wrong about my form the hotel would have to foot the bill for my meals. All a bit unnecessary really as there wasn't an issue in the first place. It was only a small thing really though, and I spoke to the same bloke a few times later and he was totally fine.
My room was large and comfy, with plenty of tv channels. The internet didn't really work in my room as the signal came and went. If I was relying on it I would have reported it, but I wasn't too bothered to be "off line" for a couple of days. I didn't like the weedy purple colour on the walls at all...it didn't go with the nice funiture of the room, and looked a bit cheap. That was the only real problem though....which isn't too bad really.
I did have a light bulb blow whilst I was there and it was fixed in literally minutes, so I have no doubt the internet would have been sorted if I had reported it.
Meals.....the food was quality and very well cooked. I did overhear some bloke complaining about his steak not being a quality piece of meat, but in fairness I had just had the same steak and found it to be lovely. Mind you...he did call the waiter "old boy" with a fake wing commander accent as well.....
The menu choices were a bit pretentious....lots of duck dishes and things with lambs livers on and stuff like that. I just don't want to eat that sort of stuff at all and wonder why hotels don't have some "normal" dishes on their menus too.
That said though, I asked for a cheese omelette instead (not on the menu), with some veg and potatoes. They replaced my veg with salad (which I didn't want), but the omelette was the best one I have ever tasted anywhere. It was stupendous, and I honestly take my hat off to the chef who made it. Absolutely perfect.
Breakfasts were ok. Not brilliant but not bad either. I also found all the waiting staff to be very friendly. They would have a very brief friendly word then move off...which was totally fine by me.
If I work down here again I would stop here again. I thought the rate was a bit expensive but then remembered that I am on the south coast during peak season....
All-in-all a very pleasant stay.....many thanks...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth is ideally situated - right on the boundary between West Sussex and South Hampshire. Portsmouth and Chichester are both within 10 miles of the hotel and the No 700 bus-stop is right outside; so no need to get caught in the traffic. The small market town of Emsworth, between the maritime heritage of Portsmouth and the English cathedral city of Chichester, is a quite and attractive, yet vibrant and dynamic community, where the residents would not live anywhere else, and visitors are sure of a friendly welcome. The Brookfield Hotel has 39 bedrooms, all fully en suite with comfortable beds and all amenities. The Hermitage Restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with morning coffee and afternoon tea in between. Whether you are a hotel resident or not, you will always be welcome. Conferences, weddings, christenings, funeral teas and all family or business occasions can be arranged by the professional team at The Brookfield Hotel ... more less
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