Despite the slightly overly formal and slightly distant welcome from the reception staff (nothing welcomes a guest as much as a nice smile) my partner and I were delighted with the hotel's facilities, cost, location and staff.
We left it too late to try and book a table in the Brasserie and the more formal Signatures restaurants, but front of house staff were incredibly helpful in suggesting and booking a town centre restaurant (and taxi) for us. Couldn't have helped more!
As for the room. In the new wing directly above the Brasserie (on a night when Christmas parties were booked in there), overlooking the University of Essex's sports field and our room was very quiet. The facilities and decor in the room were fantastic and the iMac was very useful indeed. Beautiful coffee maker and a shower to die for. Top top top value!!
Breakfast was good (but not great) and staff were clearly still being trained, but the service we received was excellent. Again, slightly stiff, but very efficient.
We have recommended Wivenhoe to our friends and will continue to do so. Combined with a trip to Mersea and Constable country this could almost be a perfect weekend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Re-opened in June 2012 after a £10 Million refurbishment, Wivenhoe House Hotel is a 17th Century country house, which is also home to the Edge Hotel School. Students at the school work alongside professionals, as they study for their degree in Hotel Management. There are 40 rooms, 16 in the main house and 24 in the more modern garden wing. The brasserie offers breakfast lunch and dinner daily, and afternoon tea is served in the drawing room daily. The panoramic views over the wooded parkland tot he University of Essex, are stunning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wivenhoe House Hotel Colchester
- Wivenhoe Hotel Colchester
- Wivenhoe House Essex