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Review of Cranfield Management Development Centre (CMDC)

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Cranfield Management Development Centre (CMDC)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cranfield
London, UK
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49 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Compact and comfortable rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

Stayed during a sub-zero week in December and felt like the place was economising on heating. It did warm up eventually.

The bedrooms are compact. Very clean and well decorated, but a double room is really only suitable for one person. This is more apparent as there’s only one chair in the room. As a study room for one person, it is sufficient, with a good sized desk and suitable lighting. Use the surface as a desk though and there are no other surfaces in the room suitable as a dressing table. The two bedside tables are only big enough for the TV remote control, a phone and a drink.

The room was clean, well maintained and decorated in a contemporary style. The hotel as a whole does not have much character. It’s like an out of town business park type development. Functional, clean and business like. The hotel is on the University campus, there was little through traffic at night and it was very quiet.

Rooms have a fridge, which is a good touch. Mine was quiet, but some people I met there said they turned theirs off at night as it made clunking noises. The fridge is topped up with a complementary bottle of water each day which is a pleasant touch. The room tea and coffee tray provided the essentials, but was basic; Digestive biscuits and only enough sachets for 2 weak coffees. On the up side, there was free tea, coffee and juices available from the lobby area and if you are lucky, maybe biscuits or cake, too.

The heating in the room was a little annoying. It’s an electric fan heater, so if you want heat, you have to put up with the constant drone of the fan. Like the fridge, at night everyone I spoke to had to turn the heater off as it was noisy when sleeping. The rooms are well insulated, so that wasn’t too bad and it warmed up quickly in the morning. There was a timer setting on the heater, but no instructions...

The staff were very helpful and pleasant throughout the week and if you eat in the restaurant, the buffet breakfasts and dinners are very good. I had a problem with hot food every day though, you could never get a warm plate, so meals got cold quickly. Maybe it was the weather, it was an exceptionally cold week.

On balance, for about £110 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast, it is good value.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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90 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is housing for those attending management development programs at Cranfield so has been set up like a business hotel. It's clean, modern and well set up. It has all the conveniences in room - internet connection (LAN and wifi), mini fridge, ironing board with iron and standard TV and radio. It is not overly luxurious but also not a bottom of the barrel budget hotel.

There is a small bar near the lobby and a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner (not sure about lunch). Besides the restaurant, other food choices at night would be the university's student union, a food truck that parks outside the student union or to take a trip into Milton Keynes.

In a nice quiet area, I'd stay here again just to get away from the rush of the city.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank finendandy21
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

We chose this as we were going to the Moto GP and hadn't managed to book anything closer to the event. This is much nicer than any of the budget chains we have stayed in before and, unlike them, not near a busy road so we were able to sleep with our windows open which made a nice change. This is a business centre as its name says so is run as such, however I think some good 4 star hotels could learn from their friendliness and service. Very clean, and very bright in the main bar area so not much ambience or character, but what you would expect from its main function for training, meetings etc. Our room was quite compact but had all we needed, bathroom was very clean and looked new. Double bed wasn't the most comfortable we had slept in but no other complaints. A nice touch was 2 complimentary bottles of water in the minibar, again, something other hotels should be doing. We had breakfast included in our rate which made it better value than a budget hotel and was very good. Hot and cold buffet with a choice of cooked to order breakfast dishes. The only slight complaint we had was that the restaurant was closed the night we stayed there due to a private function and we hadn't been told. However the bar menu was available and although this is limited it was all we needed. A very tasty Thai curry!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Noo-Noo-Nine
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Carrickfergus
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Ranking somewhere between a Travelodge and a Scouthut this place is vastly boosted by them having a 1970s council estate to one side and an airport to the other so if you like being woken up by helicopters to give you the feeeling of being in Hackney here's your venue!

Situated between Milton Keynes and Bedford when I asked what the local attractions were the lady on the desk suggested that zoo 18 miles away was a good place to head!

Room Tip: For a good room I'd suggest Bert's Bed and Breakfast in Luton as it's nearer the M1
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Gillen M
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Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia
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52 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

I have stayed in this hotel for 4 nights and I was very happy about my stay.

Rooms are very clean and quite modern (apart from the audio and TV), equipped with nice mood lamp and quick wifi internet. Staff is very nice and helpful, I was really surprised about that. They are real professionals. Breakfast is complimentary and very very good! Dinner is paid, but also very good quality and it is self service so you can have as much as you wish. Hotel is located in very calm area.

Unfortunately, the bed and the pillows did not fit to me so I had horrible nights and when I got up in the morning, I has ache in my neck and back. The other (and last) thing I did not like is the safety window, which does not allow to put some fresh air into the room.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank johnnyho_svk
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Bengaluru, India
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

We went to MK in July 2011 and stayed at Cranfield Management Development Centre for 3 days. Below is my review.

Location: It's inside the Cranfield University. Little far from the MK City and Milton Keynes Central Rail station (Approx 30 mins). Very quiet location. There is flying club around so you can watch small flights coming up and down. Bank inside the University is just 2 mins walking distance.

Room: Rooms are little congested and small in size. Rooms are very clean and have all the amenities (e.g. Internet, Music System, Heater, Iron, Cooler, kettle etc.). There was no TV in our room. Though the rooms are small you will feel good about the appearance, cleanliness and quietness of the room. Washroom was very good. It is really well maintained.

Food: Amazing....Best food I have ever had. We had the complementary buffet breakfast. Huge number of items, difficult to complete. The taste was also excellent.

Service: The stuffs were excellent, helpful, polite. We got lot of help from these guys. There were some advance booking related issues through booking.com during out visit but they promptly resolved it without any delay. Really appreciate.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sudiptapaul
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Accra, Ghana
Level Contributor
56 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

i have stayed for a week at a time on several occasions. the rooms are clean, cosy, well appointed but a little on the small side. Excellent internet connection, piping hot water and all very well maintained and cleaned. Tiling in the bathrooms is sublime, the best i have seen in several years of travelling the world. The only complaint about the room is that it is always too hot and difficult to cool down, even with one of those silly safety windows you find in hotels these days. The room does come equipped with an ac unit but it is noisy.

the food at the hotel is excellent, quite varied and of very good quality. everyone attending the course compliments the quality and anne of the food. the bar is also very well stocked and all staff at the hotel are excellent ambassadors; so helpful and pleasant, very motivated to ensure that guests are well looked after.

busy during the week, deserted on the weekend.

Room Tip: go high for the wind, the rooms get a little warm.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ghanabound
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Property: Cranfield Management Development Centre (CMDC)
Address: | Wharley End, Cranfield MK43 OHG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Bedfordshire > Cranfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cranfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cranfield Management Development Centre (CMDC) 3.5*
Number of rooms: 187
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