Hi, stayed with 12 collegues for one night, on arrival i parked up and made my way towards reception, some 150 metres away. My first observation was that i had mistakenly arrived at a maternity hospital, there were large groups of what could only be described as grossly overweight women in white robes milling about outside, mostly smoking, i could say more, but it would probably be deemed offensive.
On entering reception the shear size of this establishment was impressive, it's vast, with well appointed public areas, and pleasant and efficient reception staff. I was soon looking for my room, which took a while, owing to the magnitude of this hotel, i think there were something like 500 rooms or so. Finall arrived and entered room, not bad, well appointed and clean, unfortunately it was downhill from here on in. There does not appear to be any air conditioning in the rooms, and the heat hit me, opened windows to be greated with horrendous extractor fan noise, and a brick wall about ten feet away. After a short while i found the air conditioning, a £2.50 Tesco fan, which was hiding on the floor. Had a shower in the again pleasant bathroom, before meeting up with mates in bar for a drink, and something to eat. We soon agreed we did not want to join the chavs in the restaurant, so had a bar meal, very average, certainly not memorable. Eventually went to bed, but the heat and noise prevented any meaningful sleep. Arose just before 0600 to load car, met what i think was an assistant manager having a fag outside reception, suggested he may be better employed arranging a breakfast for us all, which had previously been refused on the grounds of its being too early, to my amazement he agreed, so we all got a breakfast of sorts. Incidentally most hotels would accomodate a request for an early breakfast for a group booking, but not this one. The prevous evening must have been some kind of 'ladies evening', and an obviously good time must have been had by all, judging by the overpowering smell of puke eminating from the girlies bog, as i walked past it, just what you need first thing in the morning.
This hotel has all the traits of being bulit with venture capital, the end result being a flash exterior, but with little real substance on the inside, it being unbelievable there was no air conditioning. In conclusion neither i, or those in my party would ever stay here again. Unfortunately it was booked in good faith for us by an Australian company who were not to know any better, and were taken in by the usual glossy website.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whittlebury Hall is a magnificent four star conference and training centre, hotel and spa, set in rural Northamptonshire. Its classical Georgian architecture, complemented by rich furnishings and fabrics has produced an award-winning hotel, recognised for its high standard of accommodation and service. The hotel has 213 spacious double bedrooms including five individually designed suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, decorated to provide a modern yet elegant and restful escape. With a host of personal touches and thoughtful extras. Whittlebury Hall excels in conference, training and meeting facilities, boasting 20 principal training suites supported by 28 fully serviced syndicate rooms, six spacious meeting rooms, executive boardroom and three secluded private dining rooms. The award-winning The Day Spa at Whittlebury Hall is one of the largest in the country and a key selling point for the hotel. Stretching across two levels, the upper floor alone contains 23 treatment rooms, with a choice of more than altogether offering over 60 treatments delivered by a team of highly skilled therapists. It offers the ultimate in pampering with a host of stimulating Heat and Ice Experiences. There is also a Hair Studio for those who want a quick blow dry and style through to a full cut and colour. There is also The Leisure Club in the hotel, which includes a 19-metre pool, whirlpool spa, bubble jet, steam room, sauna, aerobic studio and the latest in equipment with state-of-the-art gymnasium. In addition, the hotel boasts three restaurants; Astons - offering a relaxed atmosphere to meet with family and friends with a blend of classic and contemporary cuisine, 2 AA Rosettes restaurant Murrays at Whittlebury Hall - with creative dishes and the opportunity to taste the latest blends of flavours and ingredients presented by an award-winning chef and Bentleys - the perfect rendezvous for friends, family or colleagues with an Italian pizza and pasta menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whittlebury Hall Towcester
- Hall Whittlebury