We stayed at this hotel for a family reunion at another hotel, nearby. This hotel's prices were a bit cheaper so we chose it. I give it top marks for appearance: a character period hotel in mellow yellow brick with charming begonia orange and yellow hanging baskets and stained glass windows. My camera was happy! It is set in a suburban part of St Albans but not far from the town centre and railway station. There is a bar/restaurant/dance floor and on Friday night we ate there en famille and were not disappointed, the service was ecellent and they were attentive to my needs as a person who suffers from gluten intolerance (coeliac disease) supplying me with details of what I could eat and gluten-free bread. The breakfast was substantial and waiter service for the cooked choices again impeccable. The bedroom was pleasant, well appointed and had a good view over the local area at the back: trees, garden etc. The bed was very comfortable and the adjoining ensuite shower room fine. There were a few stairs up to the bedroom with a handrail and a door at the top which was a bit of a challenge for my husband who struggles on stairs, but we managed (we were informed there were no ground floor rooms prior to booking). Also there was a short flight of stairs down to the breakfast room and a few steps into the restaurant but both have hand rails and he managed. There is no lift to floors. There are some interesting "antique" type furniture/chairs in the hotel and the bar lounge area has newspapers and comfortable chairs and a large wide-screen television. The reception staff were pleasant and helpful. The only fault I can find is that our room, at the back of the hotel, on the end of the corridor, had a generator of some sort next door, outside the fire escape - and this was humming on and off intermittently during the night, which kept us awake until late the first night. The second night, (Saturday) we were entertained with noise from the music coming from the dance floor.. Also the railway is quite close, in a cutting a few yards away, but you can reduce the noise from thist by closing the windows. My mother had a single room at the front of the house where she reported there was some noise from the traffic. But all in all, a good break and I would recommend.for a visit to St Albans. Also, a big plus, there is a roomy car park behind the hotel, off the street.
Ask for a room away from the generator (ours was room 20, avoid this)
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