As you drive in there’s a curious mix of unimpressive new bedroom blocks and olde-world charm from the Jacobean hall. Check-in was fast and efficient from the friendly Ola. The room was modenish chain hotel, with all the bits you need. Previous reviews commented on hard beds; our was anything but and we found it very comfortable.
The restaurant is worthy of 5 star London status. The maitre d was cool and calm, the waiting staff efficient and unobtrusive. The menu was not huge but covers most tastes. The kitchen service was particularly quick and the food presented beautifully. The taste of the food was fabulous, on really hot plates (always a sign of quality). The home-made soup was shear quality, as was the beef wellington. The dining charge is £30/head; I’d have paid £60 (and I’m really mean) it was that good.
Management need to sort out breakfast service. The hotel must have been full and most people descended at the popular 09:30 slot. The hot breakfast platters where placed in a queue at the front of the cold stuff. We queued for 10/15 minutes, snaking round people in the Great Hall. Everybody was complaining. The food itself was hot and well cooked, when you reached it. Why not arrange 2 queuing stations in the bar area, so that people are not queuing for breakfast?
This hotel could be a really nice 4 star plus experience, given the well trained staff and luxury restaurant. Worth a visit if you go on a discount deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refurbished & Relaunched in Nov 09 Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel is a true 4 star hotel. Dating back to 1625 this quintessential Olde English Manor house retains many of its Jacobean features which have been tastefully restored. The Hotel is set in 8 acres of gardens including a developing meadow which attracts Mont Jaq Deer and Letchworth's Black Squirrels. Letchworth Hall is ideally located for exploring the picturesque market towns of Hitchin and Baldock & the larger towns of Luton and Cambridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel Letchworth
- Letchworth Hall Hotel