We stayed at the Makeney as part of a Groupon offer. We opted for two nights and having been very disappointed with the last hotel we visited under this scheme, we were very wary about what to expect.
However, we were very happy with what we got. Yes, like others have said, the service at reception was slow at times and the lift was out of order (not an issue for us, but appreciate others could have some major problems) and the times to have your meals was quite restrictive - in 30 minute increments, so later arrivals would only get later slots, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
The evening meal was lovely and worth going back to; breakfast was usual hot buffet fayre and continental options with nothing too special.
Staff were helpful and friendly and we had a really quiet, relaxing time - just what we went for, in lovely surroundings. We had wifi access if needed and bath towels were nice a big!
On the negative side, there appeared to be a very "damp" smell as you left the reception to go to the bedrooms, which was very unpleasant and we could hear next doors telly very clearly (and it was on most of the time). However, the downstairs lounge was wood panelled and traditional in its appearance
One question though: is it a Four or Three star establishment (as both were shown in different places!)
If its Three - it was really good
If its Four - maybe room for improvement
But on the whole pretty good value with a Groupon Offer - could be a tad overpriced without!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Makeney Hall Hotel is a magnificent Victorian country mansion, situated in the heart of Derbyshire, set in six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with breathtaking views across the Amber Valley. Only eight miles from Derby and two miles from the flourishing market town of Belper, the hotel enjoys the most tranquil surroundings. The grandeur of the hotel setting combines with the warmth and attentiveness of our staff to make each guest feel at home and really special. From the informal Cocktail Bar to the elegant oak paneled dining room with an impressive oak fireplace, you’ll find daily and a la carte menus to tempt you wherever you prefer to dine. All of our 45 bedrooms are decorated in a warmly traditional style whilst the superior rooms have a period elegance this is in keeping the hotel’s heritage. With some of the most beautiful parts of the country on its doorstep, this hotel is also the perfect place for guests looking simply for a leisurely break in a truly hospitable environment. Picturesque grounds, impressive architecture and excellent cuisine make this hotel the perfect setting for a relaxing short break or other special occasions. As well as stunning scenery and marvelous walking trails, Derbyshire and the nearby Peak District are home to some of the country's finest stately homes including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Kedleston Hall. For a family day out, enjoy a visit to Alton Towers or take in the delights of the local market towns of Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne. Makeney Hall offers Free WiFi Internet Access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makeney Hall Derby
- Hotel Makeney Hall
- Makeney Hall Hotel
- Makeney Hall Clarion Collection Hotel Belper, Derbyshire