On the positive side, this is a splendid location with some wonderful rooms, with the choice of a bit of character in the old hall or modern rooms in the new hotel. It's a place I know well, having worked behind the bar when I was a student, and I'm glad to say it's much better run than it was 25 years ago! The staff and food were generally excellent (apart from some comically weak coffee from time to time)
On the other hand, it's worth giving thought about when you visit, and thinking twice before booking over a weekend in summer. Though the constant weddings provided plenty of entertainment, it was generally of the wrong sort - particularly the one with the plastered bride and groom which ended with an ambulance call-out. These are classy surroundings, but the people who book and attend the weddings here don't necessarily come up to scratch! Even the civilised wedding groups take up a lot of space in the public areas, so you feel like a bit of a gatecrasher.
Our complaints about the noise until 3am and the night staff's inability to deal with it were resolved to our satisfaction before we left (not that anything can really compensate for a weekend of sleep deprivation). I'd love to go back, and will sometime, just not on a summer weekend!
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