We stayed at the Kenwood Lodge Hotel on Monday 4th February as a last minute overnight break, we booked a Junior Suite and were very impressed with both the room (size and amenities) and the reception staff (espectially Holly who took care of us all week) on our arrival .
Parking is plentifull and Free as is WIFI access.
The room itself was extremely large and well equipped, incorporating a fridge and in addition to the Radiator and air conditioning there was a small mobile oil fired fired electric radiator. which was very handy.
Work desk, Free internet access, lounge area with 2 armchairs and 3 seater settee, en-suite spacious bathroom with both bath and shower. (lot's of shelving is a good feature of the bathrooms)
The best feature was the private balconey overlooking the lake that is located in the 2 acres of park that is the hotel grounds. (5 rooms have private balconies and a further 4 rooms have french windows opening directly onto the gardens and lake (ideal for people with dogs which are accepted for a small fee).
Bedding was excellent with extra pillows in the room for those that need them.
The room was immaculately clean as was all the hotel.
Dressing gowns were supplied in the Junior Suites and Executive rooms.
We availaed ourself of the excellent facilities in the leisure area, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and well equipped gym.
We enjoyed our night so much that we booked in for a 2nd night asking to see an executive room, this was also very large and had a 4 poster bed which was a must have for us so we took the slightly cheaper option of staying in that room, the only notable difference between the executive room and the junior suite was a slighty smaller size and no fridge (houskeeping did say we could request a fridge at reception)
The room still had the private balconey, en-suite bath and shower.
Again really impressed and stayed in that room for a further 3 nights.
On our final night (Friday) the hotel was very busy and we booked a standard room, just as impressed as we had been with the other rooms and the only notable difference was size (still totally adequate) bathroom facilities were the same as the other rooms but of course no dressing gowns as is to be expected.
The private balconies are a big plus to paying the extra for executive and suite rooms (especially for smokers) but all the rooms are clean, well equipped and lovely.
Housekeeping staff are pleasant, efficient and keen to help (especially the lady that took care of rooms around 231, 237 and 238 that we stayed in.
Breakfast is hot, with the range of options you would expect (eat all you can, cooked english, cereals, preserves, pastries, fresh fruit etc)
The restaurant staff are very ameniable and good at making sure the buffet is well stocked.
The 2 acres of garden are set as gardens, lawn, lake, and wilderness for all tastes, lot's of "photo set areas" for wedding pics.
A standard room was available for as little as £39 per night (breakfast extra) when we stayed though a 2 night booking is required for that rate on standard rooms only.
Now bear in mind that 2 weeks before we reviewed a Travelodge that cost £31 per night (breakfast extra) but also £14 for overnight parking and no Free internet in rooms making Travelodge more expensive without the leisure facilities and luxury.
Eating in the restaurant, room service and the bar were very expensive with a burger costing as much as £15 and a single bacardi/coke costing £4.40 (breakfast was very reasonably priced). there were some 2 course package deals available on evening meals when booked on site.
Half a mile away in St Marys Gate there are a couple of good Chinese Restaurants and a number of takeways (recommend Chinos for VFM but advise NOT to use Kebash next door but one to one of the Chinos), there is also a small Sainsburys, Aldi and Subway there.
BUT now the downside, small but important points, On day one the TV signal in the room was limited to a couple of channels that were very bad picture quality, on day 2 there were no TV channels available at all, this was fixed on day 3 but the TV's are far too old with bad sound quality, those big old 18-20 inch monstrosities have no place in this beautifull hotel, you really do need to upgrade to some modern flat screen TVs.
Secondly, the staff in leisure need a shake up, for the first two days Reception had a sign saying "Jacuzzi Out of Order" but it wasn't it worked perfectly, keep the reception staff informed, the changing room used towel bins were constantly overflowing (we used the facilities 3-4 times a day) the bag dispenser for wet bathing costumes was often empty, sometimes the steam room smelt of eucalyptus sometimes it didn't eucalyptus is nicer than sweat. other guests (I think they were health club members not residents) told us that the leisure area is rarely clean.
When we were there a member of the leisure club arrived, unfortunatley for the poor guy he is suffering from some form of skin problem and not only had open wounds all over his body some of the wounds were actively bleeding when he used the pool, jacuzzi and Steam room, you CANNOT permit him to use the facilities in that condition. Thankfully being qualified in Jacuzzi and pool maintenance from Aston University I knew what period to leave before we used the facilities allowing sufficient time for the self cleaning process to work (half an hour was enough) in all the times we used the leisure facilities we rarely saw any staff whatsoever.
That said we are already planning a return to the hotel and rate it 5* value for money.
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