I have recently retired from a business that required frequent trips to Derby over the past 7 or 8 years, and I can now reveal that the best hotel anywhere near Derby is the Morley Hayes. I spent the first 4 of those years going from one hotel to another around Derby hoping to find one that felt like more than just a room with a bed. It was when I was nearing the end of the list of possible hotels that I found the Morley Hayes, and what a difference. Finally somewhere that really cares about making every aspect of your visit a pleasure instead of a hassle. Wonderful staff for whom nothing is too much trouble, always friendly and helpful without being overbearing (and very loyal staff too), rooms decorated and furnished with high quality materials, with comfy chairs and sofas to sit down in rather that having to lie on the bed to read or watch TV. Beds the size of a tennis court, a wonderful view from most of the rooms (I had more than my fair share of room upgrades!), and peace and quiet all night.
The food and service in the Roosters bar is excellent and very reasonably priced (with a nice pint of Tribute from Cornwall), and for the occasional special evening the Dovecote restaurant probably serves the best food around Derby as well. I enjoyed many relaxing walks around the beautiful golf course, and the Bluebells in the wood in spring are spectacular.
I haven't written a tripadvisor review before as it's only a small hotel and you need to keep these gems quiet when you find them, but since virtually everyone seems to give 5 star reviews it probably wouldn't have made any difference. So thank you to everyone at the Morley Hayes for making so much time away from home seem like being at a second home, I'll miss you all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious AA 4 star Morley Hayes Hotel, near Derby has 32 bedrooms, all of which are air-conditioned, from the Executive Room to the Honeymoon Suite. Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel in Derbyshire, a golf break on our championship course, a conference venue with full meeting facilities, the perfect wedding venue or simply the best food and drink at our fantastic bars and restaurant, Morley Hayes is the ideal destination for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Morley Hayes Hotel Derbyshire