Further along the A45, running past and through Coventry, is the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel. Marriotts naturally have, by design, a derivative feel. The Windmill Village hotel is an independent hotel, but seems in thrall to the bigger, more popular golf hotel further up the dual carriageway.
I say this because if I'd been blindfolded, led to this hotel and had my blindfold removed when I'd been deposited in my hotel room, I honestly would have thought I was in a Marriott bedroom. The wallpaper and wooden furniture was identical and the bathroom felt just the same as the room I'd stayed in at the Forest of Arden in January. The walls were a bit thinner, mind. I don't recall being able to hear my neighbour's shower or toilet flushing so clearly at the Marriott.
Consequently, room-wise at least, I had little reason to fault the hotel. We were here for a conference and certainly the meeting room we spent the two days in provided a conducive atmosphere - if a cold one - for the challenges we were working through. The buffet lunch was massive, providing the usual array of calorific / carb-heavy food that reduces your concentration in the afternoon.
We had dinner in a private room which was laughable. There were about sixteen of us, yet they stuck us on a table in the middle of one of their large meeting rooms. Consequently the space around us was cavernous and soul-less, to the point where a colleague asked for some music just to provide some atmosphere. Food-wise, dinner was a disappointment. The fishcake starter I had seemed to re-use the very same round, fish-less cakes from lunch, only this time draped in what looked like squeezy cheese. There was also a curious smell of McDonald's gherkins, making me think I was about to eat a Fillet O' Fish. My main was supposed to be a confit of roast vegetables but turned out to be a vegetarian shepherd's pie. As for the lemon tart I had for desert, it was so cold that the pastry had developed the firmness of concrete.
Breakfast was acceptable, offering the usual choice of hot and cold food. I arrived dead on seven o'clock and found the staff still setting up, careering about the place trying to get ready.
Overall, I may jest about the dinner experience, but this hotel does seem genuinely friendly and is good value for money compared to the Marriott further up the road. I slept really well, found the room comfortable to work in and had no reason to complain. Guests beware, however; in the room's hotel information pack they recommend you leave your TV on at all times because of thefts in the area. That's something they neglect to say on the website...
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