This was my first time staying at the woodlands, and I have mixed feelings. The price is competitive, and the grounds certainly support the 4*. When you walk in, there is that musty smell that such an old building has - it certainly adds to the atmosphere. The lobby is very grand, but the furniture is looking a little worn and could do with replacement. I had room 25. It was very small, hardly any space to move. The bathroom was functional, and the shower was good, but it's all looking very dated and is in need of a makeover. The windows are old fashioned and so a lot of noise leaks in. I was continually disturbed by people at the bar downstairs, the buzz of the nearby motorway, or the big air conditioning units a stones throw from the room. There was also a whistle from the extractor in the bathroom which was very annoying. Free wifi is included, and you get a good signal, however all the plug sockets in the room were in daft positions, so I couldn't charge my laptop. The plug by the bed were too close to the bedside table to fit a plug into the socket. The plug by the small table, had a special fitting for the kettle. The desk doesn't even have a plug nearby. The only useful plug was near the bathroom, miles away from anywhere convenient. The staff were very courteous and polite, however it was tricky to get any service from them. I had dinner in the coffee area. After serving my main course, all the staff disappeared, and after waiting for about 20mins, I had to ask reception if I could settle the bill. The following night, I sat down and asked for the menu. After waiting about 30mins for someone to bring it over, I gave up and went to the local pub instead. The staff all seemed distracted by some sort of private dinner which had been arranged that night.
Overall, the grounds are very nice, the price is competitive, they offer free wifi, however they need to upgrade their furniture, and ensure the staff take care of all the guests. I would give this hotel 3 stars, but they can easily get 4 if they sort out the above.
- Also Known As:
- Woodlands Park Cobham
- Hotel Woodlands Park
- Woodlands Park Hotel Cobham, Surrey
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Woodlands Park Hotel near Leatherhead in Surrey was originally commissioned by English industrialist William Bryant, son of the founder of the match company Bryant and May. Built in 1885, the house was a modern marvel and one of the first in the UK to have electric light. Over a century on, the house remains as impressive as ever. Situated near to Cobham and within easy access of London, this 57 bedroom hotel is set in beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens. Offering a range of Executive and Family bedrooms and suites, Woodlands Park has a range of bedrooms to suit everyone. ... more less
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