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Wivenhoe House
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

On arrival we were upgraded from deluxe room to the Milsoms suite on the third floor. Fabulous! (see photos) Now I've said it on previous reviews (St Brelades Bay Hotel should listen) and it's worth mentioning again. When hotels have their best rooms empty they should upgrade their customers as this makes great business sense. It's the same reason airlines do it with their seats. The cost to the hotel is the same, but it's an opportunity to go the extra mile and leave customers feeling particularly grateful and gestures of good faith by suppliers are always rewarded tenfold by further recommendations and returning customers. In this competitive world its essential suppliers up their game and do whatever it takes to secure their furture. There are plenty of businesses that know this and reap the rewards as a result.

Anyway, back to the stay. This place is plush. It feels grand! It has charm and elegance. Our suite was one of the sponsored suites which had been lavishly furnished, the curtains in the suite were so heavy I could hardly budge them. Enormous bed, pristine bathroom and Apple PC with wifi available.

We went to one of the many lounges on the ground floor for a cream tea. The apple and cinnamon scones are cooked to order (take a look at the photos) and they were served with home made lemon curd and clotted cream in abundance. Delicious! Served with great tasting coffee by friendly and courteous staff.

The real highlight of the stay however was the fabulous meal we had in the Signatures restaurant cooked by the regularly award winning head chef Paul Boorman. He is interested in molecular gastronomy and this is clear displayed in the menu and the food we were served.
I think the photos I have attached say it all, but the taste of the food was truly incredible!
If you are into fine dining you just have to try this restaurant. It is described as a three course menu but actually if you add the extras of palate cleansers and cheese course it's a six course meal. It was like going on a big food adventure with treats and surprises along the way and we didn’t want it to end!

We had breakfast in the Brasserie which offered a more interesting range of dishes than the usual and we left the hotel feeling truly treated. This hotel was a revelation and dinner at Signatures has left me wanting to return to try all of the other dishes on the menu.
As Arnie would say "I'll be back!" (you have to do the accent!)

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

We enjoyed a wonderful valentine's evening meal at the Brasserie, the food was outstanding, a pleasure in every respect. Beautifully prepared and presented courses, friendly, efficient service, and great wine recommendations to suit the meal. We will definitely go back - and would recommend the hotel as a venue to others !.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Liz A
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

We stayed for one night in February. When we arrived to book in we were upgraded to an executive room with a terrace overlooking the park. It had a huge super king bed, fantastic bathroom with walk in shower and deep free standing Victorian style bath. The room has all the usual, coffee machine (I couldn't work out how to use it but I am sure had I bothered to ask one of the lovely staff members would have told me), a kettle, biscuits, milk, a safe, everything you need for a comfortable stay. There is not only free wi fi but every room is equipped with a Mac computer. The breakfast was waitress served and cooked to order and the menu varied from full English to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, kippers, eggs benedict, and much more. There was also a buffet with real juices (large glasses which is unusual, you normally get wine size glasses for juice), fresh fruit, meats, cereals, yoghourt, etc., The coffee was fine too. I am a coffee drinker and can rarely drink the hotel breakfast offering, so this was a pleasant surprise too. When we asked for late check out they said yes with a smile. This was a business trip and we paid a little more for this hotel than we usually do however it was well worth the extra and we shall definitely stay here again next time we are in Colchester.

Room Tip: We had an executive room overlooking the park in the new part of the building. It was quiet and we had super views.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank fbis
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Reviewed 9 February 2013 via mobile

Used here for a conference plus eating plus staying over and I have to say I was impressed. The bedrooms are lovely; an iMac in every one, nice bed, clean, well-appointed. Staff were friendly and helpful. The food (both dinner and breakfast) was of a high standard. The location (sharing the same park as the university) is unusual. Not so good to stroll into town, but otherwise accessible and nicely open. All in all a very good venue that did everything we needed and did it with style.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank Gaspode74
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Such a grand hotel located in the beautiful colchester countryside. I can whole heartly recommend staying at the Wivenhoe enjoyed by stay from beginning to the end. Don't think I have ever eaten much at breakfast which was lovely!

Room Tip: Cover the coffee machine which a towel as it likes to flash a little green light throughout the night :)
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Max S
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