Hotwire boasted that the Ivey Spencer leadership hotel was a Boutique hotel. The Ivey Spencer hotel advertises their bathrooms as being boutique in style. Please dear reader do not be misled either description. While it is true the property is stunning and the exteriors of the historic structure are impressive. Let’s face it, especially when the weather is changing to cold and blustery, what matters for many of us reserving a hotel room is the hotel room. From the reception, we walked seven minutes through clusters of students sprawled out on furniture doing what appeared as group projects and simply milling about, perhaps warming up. On our way to our room we also passed legions of multi-tasking grey and black suits replete with mobile devices standing orderly in line for the free coffee and hot beverages offered at different locations in hotel and on the hike to the room. To the room we arrived. Fitting with the atmosphere just described, the hotel room was at best a high end dormitory offering. The coziness advertised translates into one person (size 0) having to sit on the bed for the other person (size 7/8) to walk past in the space between bed and desk. What was advertised as a pillow top mattress consisted of a sturdy, uncomfortable dormitory style mattress topped with a slab of foam. The sheets may have been 200 thread count being generous. The bathroom while obviously redone with attempts to make it appear nicely appointed was a huge disappointment in size and features. The small bottles of soaps and body lotions appeared to be half filled and one got the sense that they may have in fact been refilled. Free WiFi is available as long as you do not use Apple products and a call to the reception for advice on this matter yielded the unhelpful suggestion that we could get in line to use the public computers in the lobby. Instead, I activated the personal hotspot on my iphone so that we could make use of wireless delivered by my cellular plan during our overnight stay. The voice message system on the landline in the room was also not working and this was also confirmed by the reception. We are supposing that this hotel received a star because it has a restaurant and in the basement there is also an eatery open all day. Though we cannot speak about food or service in the basement restaurant, near the student lockers, the food in the restaurant above ground was atrocious. The Ruben was drenched with French’s yellow mustard and even so the corned beef was still dry and surprisingly tough to chew. The Caesar Salad had all the expected ingredients and yet was inedible. As consolation, we were offered the opportunity to select a dessert from the buffet table. At last, a positive was experienced. Two in fact. One, our servers noticed our barely touched meals and offered a free dessert and the second, the chocolate mint cheesecake we selected from the buffet table was phenomenal. For the price of the meal, however, that was one expensive slice of cheesecake! After our meal we dutifully trudged back to our room through the maze of conference attendees and students wondering at what point we might experience during our stay the nourishment of mind, body and spirit at Spencer. It is true we did not try the high ropes course while there. But, then, we had booked our stay for l relaxation. Some might be tempted to say we are unhappy guests and this is why we encountered so many disappointments in the hotel. In actuality, however, it was that we encountered so many disappointments in our stay, we left terribly unhappy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Southwestern Ontario's only IACC approved conference hotel, this historic Georgian estate situated on 30 parkland acres provides the perfect backdrop for meetings, events and comfortable guestroom accommodations. The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre offers a truly distinctive experience that is sure to nourish the mind, body and spirit. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Travelocity, Booking.com, EasyToBook, Priceline and Hotels.com so you can book your Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre Hotel London
- Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre London, Ontario