Went with a group of friends for a spa weekend in January and didn't know what to expect. But overall, was pleasantly surprised.
When we pulled up to the entrance, it was a real surprise to see the grand modern building juxtaposed next to the historic manor house next door. Both are surrounded by vast green grounds, perfect for long walks.
Check in was fairly easy - similar to stays at other Crowne Plazas. Lobby decor seemed new and actually very contemporary in design. The rooms were another pleasant surprise - very stylish and new with a lavender, silver and white design palette, plus the topper beds and ironed sheets were a treat! Perfect for a quiet night's sleep in the country. The bathrooms include both a glass shower and a big bathtub. Both the room and the bathroom were very clean.
We had a special deal that included a 3 course dinner in the white and black 'mod' decor restaurant. Again, we didn't expect much at first, but was impressed by both the quality of the cooking and the portion sizes. Service was as good as in most city restaurants. Same for breakfast the next morning - lots of selections both hot and cold. Abundant food, clean and efficient service, relaxing time. We were very satisfied.
We also had booked treatments in the spa - though perhaps the treatments weren't enough of a draw to come here as a destination, the service was professional and all the amenities were modern, clean and new. As mentioned in previous reviews, the spa isn't attached to the hotel, so you will need to walk through the older manor house, then outside for less than 100 yards to reach the spa. Only shame when we were there was that the steam room was out of order and there was so much water on the ground by the pool and steam rooms. Made the ground very slippery to walk on -- forget about walking in the slipper given to you at the spa reception!
The weekend was very relaxing, helped by the all-inclusive nature of the hotel's amenities and the comfortable beds. Would recommend for a long-weekend away to get away from the city and enjoy the fresh air in the country.
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