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Old Thorns Manor Hotel & Golf Course
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Liphook
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Good attempts, so so execution”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We booked this hotel based on the the promise of luxury at a reasonable price but on reflection this hotel is missing some basics which could make this hotel a real contender in luxury gold and spa hotels in the UK. On arrival the receptionists was clearly busy completing another task and as a result took a while to acknowledge us. This was disappointing, as an ex hotel reception manager, a simple acknowledge (smile or simple apology) goes a long way! regardless we were then attended to, check in was simple and fast but here basic points from the AA hotel rating system was missed. There was no mention of dining options/timings, where the different facilities in the hotel were, if help was needed with bags, how/where to access wi-fi, or a simple 'how are you/how was your journey/?" Without these check-in seemed very cold.
We booked a superior room, for the price we paid we were very happy. The shower was power, a good size t.v and a very comfortable and large t.v was lovely along with a nice view. There were a few scuffs on the wall, but this could be excused due to the age of the rooms after a small period of time. A possible modern solution to this could be housekeeping having access to a small pot of paint to cover the small scuffs, before they look unsightly.
We had dinner in the sports bar, it was a good atmosphere and the service from the bar staff and waiters was very good! Ordered the pea and mint risotto, the only disappointment was the mint in the dish was from mint sauce opposed to the dish being cooked with fresh mint as it traditionally would be.
With small additions and changes this hotel has potential and for the price we paid for the room, and access to the spa facilities we were happy, but I would not pay over £100!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We recently stayed the night at this hotel after celebrating my Nephews wedding.
Staff were the most friendly and helpful they could possibly be, nothing was too much trouble for them.
Check in procedure straightforward and rooms absolutely beautiful, only thing to find fault with was that the bed was really uncomfortable, you could feel the springs through the sheets.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Lytham St Annes
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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

The hotel and grounds were lovely. My room was a good size with a balcony. It was clean. When I arrived I was given no information just key which was not really a warm welcome.

The restaurant was nice food however service was so bad. No one came to me so approached a young lad and ask for a drink also if the salad was included he said yes so I had a little bit with my meal in which it was not and was a starter of £5.95 in which he came back and told me while I was eating it. He asked if I wanted a drink and then remembered he had already took my drink order. He forgot again so I had to get up and find someone to order for the third time. I finished my meal and the waiter came back to see if I ever got my drink he said he got called away to do something else. Really why on earth would you ignore a customer to do something else.

The next night I asked if I could place an order for room service at reception as I had just come from spa she said no I would have to go sports bar to order, I didn't want to as I was not really dressed to go in the bar. I went to the room to order and both phones were not working so I had to come down and book in the sports bar and got charged the £5 room service. I had done most of the service myself.

On check out the receptionist were laughing and joking with the golfers either regulars or men. I was checked out no extra mile no conversation even though I made a little small talk. I even stood there like a fool not realising they had finished with me. No how was your stay. Have a good day. Nothing ! Cold goodbye to finish of a cold welcome. I do a lot of business travel alone and to get a warm welcome and that little extra mile goes a long way. This was the 10/07/14 leaving at 8.00 am with the two terrible receptionist.

Tonight I am staying in another hotel and I feel at home lovely warm friendly service at the Hilton maybe they could do a customer service skills course here.

If you want a friendly hotel this is not one although Starbucks on site gave a friendly service.

Spa was great

Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Eastleigh
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

This is a fantastic hotel with great facilities and the golf facilities were brilliant. The service was wonderful and everyone was very polite. I truly can say I have nothing negative to say about this hotel. The bed was huge and the champagne bar had a wide variety of tasty drinks to try. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a lovely and peaceful getaway.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Little Dewchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for a friends birthday. We ate I the sports bar which was very nice and we were able to sit on the terrace watching the driving range. Our room was in the new block which was still being built outside the window. No noise though so that is good. Room very good size huge bed, bathroom slightly strange as door did not shut but think that is more a snagging list. Breakfast was a farce with huge queues to self serve buffet toaster not working very well and staff having to push through the queue with hot drinks, think a rework is in order. Reception staff were friendly but no one else seemed to smile or say hello when you passed them. I would say it was ok for the money only.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lincolshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

I stayed at Old Thorns with a colleague and have to say the rooms are very spacious, well decorated and equipped. My room looked out over the golf course and the luxury yurts which I think were un-inhabited at the time as I didn’t see any wolf-fur clad hunters or they were out looking for ibex on the other side of the fairway.
My big disappointment was the restaurant which appeared to be totally staffed by very young people (perhaps it was it a job experience day for the local schools?). The chef seems to be locked in a time warp when nouvelle cuisine first hit England. My starter of pate was presented as three discs of pate the size of a ten pence piece on three equally sized discs of toast. The starter was then presented on an oblong plate decorated with streaks of coloured “stuff”. My main course of pork belly and dauphinoise potato consisted of two three inch square slabs, one of fatty belly pork and one of compressed dauphinoise potato. The whole dish was decorated with what I think was brown deep fried cardboard.
What was very apparent was that the other diners had all gone for the help yourself carvery. Perhaps it wasn’t their first night at Old Thorns?

Room Tip: Your choice is the car park view or the golf club. Go for the fairways.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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London
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This hotel seems specifically designed for large groups of people - tribute nights, weddings, 50th birthdays etc. Big carpark, large function rooms etc. We stayed one Saturday night in new wing of hotel for one such function. Bed enormous and comfortable. Staff pleasant & helpful - when they had time. Breakfast was just a buffet but was pretty good - you can always judge a breakfast by the quality of its sausages I think, and these were tasty. The coffee wasn't so good but there's a Starbucks outside (random!).

But... bathroom door in our room didn't shut. Phone didn't work so we couldn't call reception/room service. Not something i need to do very often to be fair, but it's quite a hike back to reception to have a conversation. The hotel room felt like it was made out of a kit of parts and put together by someone who didn't know what they were doing. Bars and restaurants are large and bland and not places that you want to dwell - unless in a large group. Drinks are not cheap. And my personal bugbear - a hairdryer that you have to hold the button down on for it to work - while you're drying your hair. What do they think we'll do with a normal hairdryer? Not turn it off?

So all in all perfectly fine for one night while attending a function but not somewhere you'd want to go for a weekend away. It's not a destination hotel. It's not a four star hotel and it's certainly not a luxury hotel!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Old Thorns Manor Hotel & Golf Course
Address: Griggs Green, Liphook GU30 7PE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Liphook
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Liphook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Thorns Manor Hotel & Golf Course 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 400 acres of picturesque countryside, Old Thorns has a unique way of doing just about everything. Steeped in history but with a modern contemporary edge, our 4 star hotel is widely regarded as one of the best hotels in the south of England, providing guests with a truly authentic experience. Offering a wealth of luxury facilities, Old Thorns boasts 160 bedrooms, 14 fabulous function rooms, 5 amazing Ball rooms, stunning spa and a state-of-the-art three story health club and wellness center, tennis court, nature trails, conference center, and a wonderful 10 wooden building Eco Pod Village with a state of the art facilities building. It is truly the perfect "Glamping" experience. Not forgetting our championship golf course designed by 'the voice of golf' Peter Alliss. Our unbeatable location on the beautiful Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex borders means we're just 5 minutes from Haslemere, 20 minutes from Guildford, 35 minutes from the historic coastal city of Portsmouth and 30 minutes from Goodwood and Chichester in West Sussex. We are ideally situated with easy access for unforgettable days out in the south. ... more   less 
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