Arrived for an overnight stay at the hotel after a day visiting Drayton Manor Park & Zoo. Check-in was relatively straightforward, and my credit card was swiped so that any additional charges such as room service, dinner, etc. could be charged to the card.
Two room keys in the form of swipe cards were handed over and these were needed to use the lift and to open the doors to the stair wells, as well as entry to the room.
The room itself couldn’t be faulted. It was modern and quite spacious. The room we were in even had a single bed as well as the double. Tea and coffee facilities were provided as well as packets of biscuits, and there was also a small fridge hidden away in one of the cupboards. One of the drawers contained a hair dryer, whilst inside the wardrobe was an iron and ironing board and even a small safe to store valuable items. There was a telephone next to the bed which wasn't used, and I'm not sure of the charges had it been.
The bathroom was also spacious and was fitted out to a high standard, with plenty of towels and a heated towel rail.
We had booked dinner in the Parklands restaurant at 7.30pm, and I was disappointed to find that, although I had booked the meal 3 weeks in advance and had even paid £20 each towards the cost of our meal, they didn’t appear to have our booking listed. Luckily, the restaurant wasn’t fully booked so a table was quickly found for us. However, the table was near the entrance to the restaurant where they seem to seat all of the parents and children, so it wasn’t exactly the quietest meal we have ever had. The rear of the restaurant, which is also decorated more luxuriantly than the front section, was apparently full at the time we arrived. As we visited the hotel during the school holidays, I suppose it wasn’t exactly surprising, but it did take the shine off it somewhat. The food couldn’t be faulted. Although it was reasonably expensive, it was worth the cost and was thoroughly enjoyed.
Breakfast was taken the following morning in the same restaurant, but we were sat in the quieter rear area of the restaurant. Breakfast was a buffet style, with plenty of choice of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast, fruit juices and the hot cooked food. The tea and coffee was served directly to our table. As with the meal the night before, the breakfast was of good quality.
Check-out seemed to be very early at 10am, so breakfast seemed to be a bit rushed if you didn’t wake early enough. Breakfast was served though until 10.30am, so I suppose you could check out first, although it wouldn’t leave much time for breakfast. Check-out was simple as the room keys were handed back and my credit card would then have been charged for the room and additional items.
All-in-all, it was a nice enough stay, only marred slightly by the meal for which the restaurant didn’t have booked, and being seated in the noisy part of the restaurant. The hotel itself though was very nice and clean, having only opened 3 years ago, and I would definitely stay here again, only maybe not during the school holidays which was a bit of a mistake for a couple with no children in tow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Drayton Manor Hotel is set in a unique location amongst 280 acres of lakes and parkland that was once the home of Sir Robert Peel. It is also a moment away from Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land and Drayton Manor Zoo. Every bit of the luxurious Drayton Manor Hotel caters to the modern family and business traveller. Our facilities include: 150 well appointed contemporary guest rooms including 11 Thomas & Friends themed bedrooms Wireless Internet Access & Air conditioning Parklands Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie, Carousel Bar with outdoor lounge area, Parkview conference and banqueting suite, Free car parking, Packages available including Drayton Manor tickets. ... more less
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