Husband and I have just returned from a weekend break at this lovely hotel. We stayed one night...in the Lilac room, positioned adjacent to the staircase on the first floor.
Our room was really nice and spacious...with a lovely view over the gardens and lake and was tastefully furnished in contemporary style. The bathroom was also stylish and roomy. We loved the little touches...the sweets, soft comfortable bath robes, generous supply of assorted teas, cafetiere coffee and biscuits and toiletries. The room was spotlessly clean.
All the staff were just lovely. There was a wedding on....so they were obviously rushed off their feet, but nothing seemed to be too much trouble and they were professional, polite and helpful at all times.
My only quibble was that the area immediately outside our room (which was on the first floor, right next to the stairs) was used for taking photo's of the wedding party (fault of the photographer perhaps, rather than the hotel). This did generate quite a bit of noise at one stage....which could have been annoying for anyone trying to rest. Fortunately, we were on our way out to a party elsewhere and so were not bothered. There were some further disturbances later on in the night but our sleep was not disturbed and we did have a comfortable night's rest.
We enjoyed a relaxed breakfast in the beautiful lakeside restaurant. Food was of good quality, couked to perfection and generously portioned. Coffee here is very good!
All in all...this place left a very favourable impression with us and we would certainly recommend it...and would stay here again ourselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This magnificent town-house hotel, set in five acres of beautiful English country gardens with lake, is remarkably close to the city centre. The Newling Ward family converted the 500 year-old building in 1965 and continue to own and run the hotel. The 30 bedrooms are individually styled, with many overlooking the lake and gardens, and the award-winning orangery style restaurant shares the same views. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, bar snacks, cream teas and dinner served in a choice of dining areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Michaels Manor
- St Michaels Manor Saint Albans