Having enjoyed a great stay here a few years ago, and read the good reviews on here, I was very happy to stay there for a last minute break. We got an excellent price directly from their website (rooms from £39 on a holiday weekend, bargain!). As with a previous reviewer, I had been contacted in the past by the general manager, Steven Cosgrove and appreciated his personal approach. It was definitely a factor in me deciding to return. I am also impressed with the way he takes the time to individually reply to the reviews left on here, something I've not seen frequently.
The hotel easy to find from jcn 7 of the ring road (signposted too) and although not all previous reviewers have admired the architecture, at least it makes it easy to spot! Location-wise, it took about 15 minutes from Warwick Castle and was only another 15 or so minutes to Kenilworth. We ate at the Dragon Phoenix chinese buffet 2 minutes walk away. There is a cinema, ice rink and selection of bars (Chicagos, Old Orleans etc) a five minute walk away. We avoided the temptations of Ikea but did make a quick stop at the Central Six shopping centre 5 minutes drive away off junction 6 of the ring road.
As mentioned in previous reviews, parking is in an adjacent multi-storey and on both visits, we've had no problems finding spaces, even when the hotel was full on the first occasion. Check-in was smooth and we were very pleased to be informed that we'd been upgraded to a suite on the 8th floor by Mr Cosgrove - don't mind if I do! (I later found ou that he had already emailed to advise this in reponse to my email saying that we'd decided to make a repeat visit - might have arrived a bit sooner had I known!)
The rooms were lovely and tastefully decorated - a lounge (with sofa, flat screen tv, easy chair, table/chairs, desk, sink, kettle, microwave and fridge) on the corner of the building with 2 views of the city and bedroom with wardrobe, desk, tv and ensuite bathroom. There was plenty of room and I only wish we'd had more time there to make the most of it all. We had the tv on briefly and were impressed with the fact that not only did all the channels work properly, there was a decent selection of channels that people actually watch.
The bathroom was bright and spotlessly clean with shower over the bath, sink, Gilcrest & Soames toiletries and plenty of shelf space for all the girlie rubbish I cart around everywhere. Its a simple thing, but I do appreciate it when hotels invest in heated bathroom mirrors so that one section stays steam-free when you're in the shower. Towels were soft and of a sensible size too. The bed itself was very comfortable and we slept really well. My only grumble for the whole stay was that although the curtains were blackout-lined, they let in a lot of light at the sides - not sure there's much that can be done about it, and I'd have been fine had I remembered my eye-shades.
The buffet breakfast (£10 if you book it in advance or £13.50 on the day) was tasty and we enjoyed a full english, supplemented with a few pastries and didn't need to eat again until late afternoon. My boyfriend found a compatriot in the turkish waitor (Ordun??) who offered us omelettes or something else made to order, but we were fine with what we had. We went down fairly late, so maybe we'd missed the rush, but there were only 3 other occupied tables so no scrum at the buffet, lovely.
Checking out was as smooth as our arrival and the member of staff (Katie?) was very helpful and friendly. I have a soft-spot for Coventry and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again to further explore Warwickshire. The great price and excellent customer service make it a no-brainer for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our award winning* Ramada Hotel & Suites Coventry.Choose the contemporary four star Ramada Hotel & Suites for home from home luxury in the centre of historic Coventry and Warwickshire. The Hotel is situated just a short 10-minute walk from Coventry rail station, and with flights landing just 11 miles away at Birmingham Airport, you are just a short journey away to perfect relaxation. We’re a perfect location to host meetings and events, centrally located with excellent motorway links and 1 hour from London by train. We can cater for up to 100 people in our 4 bright and modern meeting rooms, all fully air conditioned with complimentary wireless internet access. In May 2013 the hotel will be premiering its fully refubished new look conference & events floor (enquire for full details).With 166 bedrooms, 44 executive apartment suites & a secure four storey car park available, complimented by our award winning* onsite authentic Italian Restaurant - 'Stresa', we are the hotel of choice for both business & leisure guests alike. Ramada Hotel & Suites Coventry, is located closer to Birmingham’s NEC & LG arena than Birmingham City & within a 40 minute drive radius away from the historic towns of Birmingham, Tamworth, Kenilworth, Leamington-Spa, Warwick, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford.* Awards: 2008 Godiva Award Best Hotel, 2011 & 2012 Customer loyalty Award (Wyndham Hotel Group), 2012 Quality breakfast award (Visit Britain), 2013 Gold 2 star champion sustainability award (Sustainable Restaurant Association). ... more less
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