I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in June for work, and I must say that the first time I saw this grand and imposing hotel from the sweeping drive I was mightily impressed. The common areas have been really stylishly decorated and were very well kept.
I was allocated a suite on the 3rd floor of the Stirling wing, which is the newer part of the hotel, however feels a little neglected and need a good deal of tlc. My suite was large and comfortable with two enormous flat screen tv's, a minibar (that didn't open) and a spa bath (that unfortunately wouldn't bubble). The bed was huge, very comfrtable and laden with cushions, which on removing them to go to sleep I noticed a few small stains on the bed linen. The complimentary dressing gowns & slippers were a lovely touch.
Throughout my stay the staff were always happy to help and chat to me, even though the hotel was very busy. Breakfast was good, (although I have never encountered a slower toaster) and there was a large selection of hot and cold items to choose from. The pot of tea or coffee on arrival at breakfast was a nice touch.
I used the swimming pool once during my stay, and I have to say I was a little dissapointed. It's a good size and nice to have the spa pool, steam room and sauna all within it, however it just needs a good scrub, and some of the loose tiles replaced.
I didn't eat in the restaurant during my stay, the prices seemed rather exorbitant (at £8 for a sandwich and £15+ for a main course) and it would've been nice if there'd been a cafe area with more reasonable prices (as there is in many other hotels). However I did spend a few enjoable evenings in the bar (where a gin & tonic will set you back £5.50)
Overall this hotel was fantastic for my needs, being that I was working all day. However I think had I been here for a holiday I might have rated it a little lower, as there wasn't a huge amount to do around the hotel.
It's a lovely and very grand hotel, especially in the common areas, however some of the smaller details just let it down. I would stay again, but probably only for a short stay.
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