My partner and I stayed for two nights for the price of one (an ebay deal)
The hotel is in a beautiful setting and certainly a beautiful building, but as other reviews have said, the rooms and decor is a little tired. Our room was clean, the bed was exceptionally comfy and the bathroom/ shower were great, there was everything you needed (hairdryer very '70's) but nothing special.
We ate at The Grill restaurant on the second night. We had the two courses for £25 deal, but it never works out at this price because any decent food has a supplement, and we paid £5 for a bottle of water! The whole meal came to £95 for two! The food was nice, but spoilt by slow service and everything being overpriced.
The deserts were delicious. But all in all, it was not worth £95.
(Indian restaurant in Hatfield Heath was brilliant!)
Breakfast was included in our deal. Without it would have cost £16! There was a good selection of things with good waitress service and a nicely laid out dining room, but none of the food was anything special. It was all edible but I wouldn't have paid extra for it.
We did not drive and wish we had. It's impossible to get to and away from without getting taxis everywhere, which was boring and expensive. We didn't come to beautiful countryside to be driven everywhere.
You can walk into Hatfield heath (~20 mins) which we did and enjoyed, but there are no pavements for most of it and cars zoom by, so you have to watch yourself if walking. Wish there had been some fields or paths to explore or go by way of, but there weren't. We did see some wild bunnies though! :)
Most people at the hotel seemed to have expensive gas-guzzlers - not for us. Overall the £70 per night we paid with the deal was pretty much worth it - but it was nothing special, and no way would we have paid the full price.
The staff were lovely and helpful and we did enjoy the atmosphere of staying in an old country house, but it seems a lost opportunity in many ways... A shame.
- Also Known As:
- Down Hall Country Hotel
- Down Hall
- Down Hall Hotel
- Hotel Down Hall Country
- Down Hall Country House Hotel Hatfield Heath, Hertfordshire
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Down Hall Hotel is one of England's most established country house hotels. Located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop's Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, Down Hall Hotel is 45 minutes from central London and also ideally located near London Stansted Airport. Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion is an historic setting. The hotel's grand interiors, ornate ceilings and abundance of natural daylight combine to make Down Hall Country House Hotel an experience like no other. Currently undergoing refurbishment of bedrooms in the West Wing which will be completed 4th February. A new gym will also be added in February 2014. ... more less
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