The welcome at reception was excellent - warm, friendly and helpful. The hotel is old fashioned, but with some nice modern touches and it attracts mainly retired and elderly guests, who appreciate (as we do) the Edwardian feel and extras such as the inclusive afternoon tea and cakes served on the dot at 4pm.
The hotel has some excellent facilities, such as an indoor pool & spa, large car park, a peaceful location and some superbly manicured gardens that include a putting green. The pool is mostly used by locals, some of whom insist to ploughing up and down as if in preparation for the next Olympics, and it is therefore often busy.
We had a deluxe room (worth the extra) which was spacious and included a comfy sofa that overlooked the sea view to Wales or the TV. The bathroom was ok, like the room generally, if you don't mind stepping back to coloured suites and dim lighting!
The food and service were good, without being special. The Northfield is probably one of several hotels where the chef is overdue for an increase in his budget so that he can deliver better portion sizes and a more inspiring dinner choices. That said, we enjoyed our meals (having had afternoon tea!) and think that the clientel would be unlikely to like anything too adventurous! There was a good choice of wines, but we felt that they were expensively priced.
We, like many others, have been guests at he Northfield for decades and overall, we like what they offer and the friendliness of the staff. Recommended - for OAPs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minehead's Premier Hotel Accomodation for rest and relaxation. Located in the heart of Exmoor's National Park Minehead offers a delightful harbour setting with sweeping sandy beaches and the rugged Quantock Hills. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Minehead
- Minehead Best Western
- Northfield Hotel Minehead, Somerset