My husband and I just returned from a 5 day stay at Rhinefield House. We had a great time and really enjoyed the stay - and it would have been better with a few improvements suggested below.
We booked the dinner, bed and breakfast offer through the hotel directly. It was the best value for money option I found online. Booking and check in was very easy - although there was a slight confusion when someone else had signed our check in card when we were trying to check in. That was sorted out swiftly. I liked the fact that you had the option of going to one of the two restaurants for dinner and you would only pay the difference between the set menu included in the package and the a la carte price.
We had four of our five meals in the Armada Resraurant (this is where the breakfast is served too). On the third night we decided to dine go to the Grill Restaurant for a little bit of change. It was a mistake and we definitely don't recommend it, both in terms of the service and the quality of the food. I went for the vegetarian option- mushroom and artichoke macaroni cheese. This was bland and boring, and my husband's vegetable macaroni cheese is far superior. My husband had the spatchcock poussin with "game chips". The poussin was a bit dry and had hardly any meat on it, and it came with 1/3 pack of ready salted crisps! Huh?!?! No one came to ask us about our meal either. For dessert my husband had the chocolate torte with sorbet. The torte had partially cooked tasteless pastry. The sorbet was half melted and had large ice crystals - a very poor attempt at sorbet! And to think that this was more expensive than the 3 course meal at the Armada too (as it was all a la carte prices)! Again, none of the staff asked how our meal was. The next day we went back to the Armada and the atmosphere, service and food quality were all much better. Miles better. So, I think the Grill Restaurant has quite some way to go to improve itself to the standard of Rhinefield.
The Executive room we had was good- comfortable bed and very good powerful shower with plenty of hot water. It is a real shame that there is only wifi in the lounge and not in the rooms. Also, toiletries, tea, coffee and milk were not replenished everyday - we had to call for additional milk twice during our stay. The TV remote control has been reprogrammed to include Handpicked Hotels menu, which meant that some functions, such as resizing the picture, are no longer available. This got quite annoying towards the end of our stay.
The location of the hotel is brilliant for walks in the nearby woods. We booked a guided walk with Steve at www.FuzzackerGuidedWalks.yolasite.com via the excellent Tourist Information Centre at Lyndhurst. It was a 3 hour walk and Steve was very knowledgable. He also suggested a walk around the hotel, which we did and came across a group of deer. We also did a walk from Blackwater car park near the hotel and came across a stag and about a dozen deer. That was amazing.
There was a wedding on two days during our stay, but we didn't have any problems with noise whatsoever. We didn't feel like we had intruded on the wedding party as they were in different parts of the hotel.
All in all, we had a great time in the New Forest and enjoyed our stay at Rhinefield House. We would certainly be back in the future and hope that the small issues identified will have been taken care of by then!
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