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Village Hotel London Watford
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Elstree
Reviewed 14 February 2014

Have stayed here a few time snow and each time something happens that makes me think I should give the Mecure Watford up the road a try.

The hotel has everything you should need for a business stay over, coffee shop, 2 restautant/pub places, early opening gym etc, but nothing seems to feel right.

The rooms are dark and poorly lit, good luck trying to see what is in the wardrobe. Took ages to work out how to use the Sky/TV system, the Upper Deck rooms are advertised as being better than normal rooms, but having used both I can't say I see much difference.

The food in the Italian place was okay, staff were friendly, but no draft beer and what bottled beer they had was warm.

Breakfast is okay, but a Mecure, Novotel and Premier Inn (yes!) offer a better selection and quality.

It's location makes it good for business and the 6am gym & pool is great if you're up early.

I wouldn't stay here for pleasure, but as a business stopover it just about does the job provided you close your eyes and ignore the fact it could be so much better.

Room Tip: Can't see the point in extra for Upper Deck rooms
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We have stayed here quite a few times and probably would again due to it being close to family and friend living in the Elstree area. The lobby to the hotel is well maintained and houses a Starbucks which is much needed. Take a piece of advice and book room only as the breakfasts are very poor - go to Starbucks instead. The food on display at breakfast looks like it has had better days and when you ask for hot mushrooms when they have run out you are told that there is a global shortage of this vegetable!!

The bedrooms are DARK. Take a torch and very dusty. Applying makeup is hard in such poor light. We need to adjust the thermostat in the room and couldn't see to do this due to the poor lighting and had to download the torch app on the iPhone to enable us to do this.

We had a family room as we've got two children. Their beds were on a dirty carpet and the room was cramped. Unsure if this was a fire risk.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

I stayed at the Village Urban Resort Feb. 2nd-5th 2014. I would NOT recommend this hotel. In fact, I would describe my stay as the closest I have ever come to camping indoors. There are certain amenities that I never considered as extras until my stay at the Village. The hotel is 4 stories high and my room was on the 3rd floor. Apparently anything below the 4th floor will not have a clock, no minibar, no washcloths, and my favorite NO Soap! There is a liquid soap dispenser similar to a public restroom next to the sink and another in the shower. The shower dispenser has a combination soap/shampoo which means it will not wash off your skin, while too harsh for your hair. My remote control was taped together and there was a layer of dust covering the surfaces. The wifi comes and goes. It was camping indoors, I changed to a much more desirable hotel for my remaining days in London.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

This place is always busy. A great location for business travellers with a superb gym, pool and an in house Starbucks!

However the food is dreadful in either the VIctory Pub or the on site Italian. In fact the italian restaurant is simply awful. Service is cheery with attentive staff, but even they cannot compensate for the bland food.

Plus points are extremely comfy beds with good showers.

Gym opens at 6am too which is a great advantage for early risers. However take care when crossing the car park as you are liable to be mowed down by "Mrs Wealthy Woman of Elstree" driving the latest 4x4 from Land Rover!

This hotel does what it says on the tin. Just find somewhere else to dine!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for a after Christmas chill.
Once again lovely warm welcome from front desk.
Room as always very nice.
Not quite sure what has gone on with the pillow situation but they were like the value ones you pay 1.99 for two for.
Never had this before at a Devere hotel !
Due to this I ended up having to fold towels to put under pillows to get some support, which resulted in very little sleep I'm afraid.
Did mention this to check out staff who assured me they would look into this.
Again we eat in the restaurant in the evening .. Been here twice now and although the food is very nice they seem to struggle to actually get what you order on your plate.
Breakfast queueing again for a good while, they really need to get a large breakfast room and keep the items stocked .. No glasses for juice and just general topping up needs to be kept on top of.
But again breakfast was enjoyable.
I wouldn't let these problems stop me from returning but it would be nice if they could get them sorted

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights on a special deal which was very good. For the price we couldn't believe our luck. The rooms are modern and clean. The shower room was fine with a walk in shower and no bath. The rooms are dark which made it hard to see in the wardrobe and very little storage, but for a couple of nights it was fine. The swimming pool and gym were big for a hotel however there were a lot of children coming in for swimming lessons which made the pool and changing rooms feel crowded and noisy. We really liked the bar restaurant in the hotel which had a great atmosphere in the evening and good food. The staff were very helpful especially the lady on the front desk. We would go back again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Our first stay in a De vere village hotel, Loved it .James on reception was very friendly a credit to the hotel ,the rest of the staff were all very friendly ,polite and and happy,We stayed in the upper deck, the bed and pillows were very comfortable and the shower room very modern and spacious ,lovely big shower .
The victory pub was great even had a singer sat night ,the Italian resturant was well priced and very enjoyable.A great well priced hotel located nicely for the tube to take you into London;
Will definately use them again if only to say Hello to James

Room Tip: Pay the little extra and have the upper deck
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Village Hotel London Watford

Address: Centennial Avenue, Elstree WD6 3SB, England (Formerly Village Urban Resort London Elstree)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > Elstree
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Elstree
Price Range: £67 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Village Hotel London Watford 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Village Hotel London Watford is located just off Junction 5 of the M1, 1 mile from Elstree and Borehamwood Train Station and just 30 minutes from Central London. It is ideal for quick access to the M1, M25, A1 and Watford Junction Train Station. Nearby attractions include Wembley Stadium, Harry Potter Theme Park and Legoland. Village Hotel London Watford has 120 bright and modern bedrooms, a choice of stylish dining or a traditional pub, Starbucks Coffee Shop, Hair Salon, state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, 25 metre Swimming Pool, Meeting and Conference Centre, Live Party Nights, Wedding Licence, free parking and free wi-fi throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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