My partner and I (gay male couple) have just come back from a weekend at this hotel. I found the weekend break on Secret Escapes and booked us both in as a birthday present to my partner. I was slightly anxious about going as this was our first ever spa break and I was anticipating we would stick out like sore thumbs as a male couple in an ocean of robe-wearing females. What we found was that yes, there is obviously more women than men at a spa hotel (no-brainer), but there were men there with women and the whole atmosphere was relaxed, non-claustrophobic and familiar in terms of both staff and other guests.
Check-in late on Friday evening was uncomplicated and our check-in guy was very friendly, polite and gave us a nice warm welcome issuing us with welcome packs.
Room I would say was only disappointment. It was a "classic room", so I wasn't expecting a royal suite, but what we had was a small corner room with an oversized chandelier and very little room to walk around. I think also for a male couple the bed was on the small size. The bathroom was lovely though and had a nice jacuzzi-bath which we loved.
Breakfast and lunch follow a buffet-style in a very bright and cheering restaurant overlooking one of the many pools, and the food was of an excellent quality with fresh meats and a huge selection. Staff were lovely.
Dinner was served in a palacial ballroom and the food we both agreed was of a good quality. The waitress we had was gentle, polite and welcoming but I feel overstretched and maybe they need some more people serving.
The spa itself was what impressed us most. We come from London which has spa's that are actually overcrowded pools with a few sauna's scattered around it. This spa was overwhelming huge, to the point that we got lost trying to find different pools. Even without cycling, archery, walking the beautiful grounds, there was enough to occupy us for a whole day just in our swimwear. Hydrotherapy pools, multiple foot massages, saltwater pools, so many jacuzzi's, and none too overcrowded. My partner went for a back massage and hand treatment at one point and I had no problems finding a deck chair to sit at the pool and read - really relaxing and exactly what I wanted.
In conclusion, we were anxious about coming to a mostly-female hotel for a weekend break but left feeling relaxed and that we got value for money (via secret escapes - cannot really judge prices without this as we got an offer). I think maybe the hotel needs to market itself more in gay magazines as I can imagine gay groups would be attracted to this style of weekend, and there are already lots of male treatments that would appeal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a beautifully restored Grade II listed building. We Combine the pleasures of staying in an elegant English Stately Home with the facilities of a modern luxury spa resort, you'll be able to enjoy superb surroundings, fine dining and beautiful bedrooms suites and penthouses. Hidden away in 80 acres of English countryside, the spacious grounds have lakes and wildlife in abundance. Make use of the Tennis Courts, Golf course Practice Area & Driving range. We offer a variety of mouth-watering dishes and a host of therapies to wash away the stresses of everyday life. Treat yourself to a coffee or a slice of cake in the Oasis Cafe. We pride ourselves on our outstanding hospitality, so relax and let our dedicated staff take care of you. Winner of England's Leading Resort at the World Travel Awards for 7 consecutive years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hoar Cross Hall Health Hotel Hoar Cross
- Hoar Cross Hall Health Resort
- Cross Hall Hoar
- Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel Staffordshire