Stayed here with one of our free hotels.com rooms (buy 10 get 1 free) so wasn't too worried about the £80 original price. The exterior looks lovely with the original period mansion but the modern hotel extensions don't suit.
The main building is beautiful with high ceilings and all,original features. Stunning to loom around and of course their famous stained glass window above the main stairs. Beautiful place to sit and absorb into a bit of real life Downton Abbey.
The room itself was tidy and features a recent upgrade to flat screen TV, new curtains etc but there were several signs of age. Rot and cracks in the bathroom, the skirting board around the radiator had paint cracking and peeling off and there was a serious issue with a clicking 240v plug socket that kept my wife awake. Sounded like electrical wires touching and sparking within the wall! The fan in the bathroom was also awfully loud and irregular. We'd also had like the radiator to have been on before we arrived. We had to figure out it was a thermostat on the radiator that needed turning on to get the heating going.
The spa was lovely with two jacuzzis, large sauna, steam room, nice warm pool, with an overall relaxing feel. Very nice. Not so nice are the communal showers and changing rooms. I prefer some privacy when going to the spa! Still clean and good facilities though.
Breakfast was lovely. Good selection of full English plus black pudding on the buffet! My gauge of how good a hotel breakfast is by their kippers. Many nowerdays look at you blank when you ask! But they did have them, and indeed they were very tasty with a slice of lemon too.
Noise could be an issue as I think it was the gym that had blaring music heard from the corridoor to our room in the morning. Plus walls are thin and the room next door left their alarm going for several minutes. Thankfully my hearing isn't perfect so I miss these annoying sounds!
The stairs many people seem to complain about are indeed a little annoying but absolutely no issue for any able bodies. We were right at the end in room 141 so did travel up, down, up, down to get to the room but this meant we were clear of the Halloween party and wedding taking place that evening.
Free wifi was fast and reliable, service was good, and the bed very comfortable. Overall a nice hotel with a few issues with the ageing of the hotel but would still recommend if you can get a good deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the private home of a wealthy local tea merchant, The Oaks Hotel has been restored preserving the grand feel of a bygone era. The lounge area is dominated by a 25ft high stained glass window depicting the story of Abraham Althams life and work in the Burnley Area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Oaks Hotel & Leisure Club Burnley, Lancashire