I stayed here for 11 days to do a Master's Personal trainer course. My accommodation was at the Lille shall National Sports center, we ate lived and breathed here 24 hour a day for 11 days.
The food - Rubbish, this is supposed to be 4 stars food and good nutrition for athletes. The main dinners consisted of carbs, carbs, carbs and more carbs, We had to keep requested protein on which we were offered chicken breasts constantly for the entire duration of our time here. The staff seemed very helpful and tried to do their best and offer us the most but the kitchen were obviously un-happy about having to look after us. The veg options were always very greasy and what looked like a salad bar consisted of bowls full of yet again more carbs and little protein. It was appalling food. same again for breakfast, very little healthy options, i expected much more from the National sports centre. shame.
Accommodation was seriously out dated. shared cubical rooms that had walk in shower rooms and had mold around each corner of the walls. The cleaner only made my bed up every day (by tucking in the sheets after i had made it already) I don't think they changed my sheets once. they quickly hovered the room and left a fresh towel but that was as far as it went. The layout of the room was very out dated and dingy, when staying away solid and working/studying for 11 days solid I was shocked at how hard the beds were and how terrible the overall rooms were. Not a tad of luxury at all.
I would NEVER EVER stay here again.
Despite this the reception were great and the staff were all great, the hotel grounds and the course i did were fabulous - but sadly they don't have the right to say it's a great place to stay overnight at all.
A big FAT 0 out of 10 !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lilleshall was originally built in 1831 as the hunting lodge and family retreat of the Duke of Sutherland. It first became a National Sports Centre in 1951 and was opened by the then Princess Elizabeth II with the original plaque still in place in the entrance to the main hall. It was Lilleshall's connection with Association Football that brought the Centre to the attention of the nation. The England team trained for two weeks at Lilleshall prior to their success in the World Cup of 1966. In 1967, Sir Alfred Ramsey returned to the Centre to unveil a plaque to commemorate his team's stay and endorse the view that Lilleshall could justly claim some credit for England's famous victory. In 1984 The Football Association's School of Excellence was established welcoming young talent such as Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Sol Campbell and Joe Cole to name but a few. Today Lilleshall is an elite training centre for some of the country's leading sportsmen and women and regularly welcomes use by numerous sports bodies. With its unique and rich heritage and commitment to providing a World Class Experience, Lilleshall is a certainly a place where you can wake up and feel inspired. Lilleshall is situated among the spectacular and secluded surroundings of the Shropshire countryside within 134 hectares of English Heritage Grade II listed grounds. The main house (Lilleshall Hall) overlooks the beautiful Capability Brown inspired gardens. As well as a range of world class facilities available for use (bookable in advance), the Centre has two walking routes. The 2.5 mile Discovery Trail will provide you with the chance to discover some of Lilleshall's many gems including the Italian Water Garden, the Pet Cemetery and the World Class Sports Facilities. The 6 mile Adventure Fitness Trail enables you to discover these gems but also provides you with the chance to test your fitness, taking you through the woodland belts alongside the estate's 2 mile sweeping drive to the golden gates (an exact replica of those at Buckingham Palace), before returning (a steady climb all the way!) to explore the heart of the estate. Work is also underway on a nature trail which is due to be open in the Summer. Visitors can reserve rooms in one of three purpose built accommodation blocks, a short walk from reception, the dining room and bar. (Sorry no rooms available in the main house). Room facilities include tea & coffee making, digital HD television, hairdryers and free WIFI along with ample free parking. There is a cafe bar open from 7:30 - 23:00 where you can enjoy hot and cold food and drinks. Beyond the site, Lilleshall is well placed for many local attractions including Weston Park, Ironbridge Gorge and Museums, Hoo Farm, Telford Town Park and Wonderland, The Wrekin, RAF Museum Cosford, Telford Ski Centre and Telford International Centre. The historic market town of Newport, where you will find many independent shops, pubs and restaurants, is approximately 4 miles away. Telford, with its many tourist attractions, shopping centre, cafes, bars, restaurants and cinemas, is within a 15 minute drive. The towns of Stafford, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury are all within a 25 minute drive. Room prices start from just £38.50. Check in is from 1.30pm Monday - Saturday and 5.30pm on Sunday. ... more less
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