A couple of months have passed since I visited this hotel with my girlfriend as part of a red letter day "country house escape with dinner for two" voucher. A lot of time has elapsed and I have become more and more annoyed with the experience I had here, not least because I recently encountered a much more enjoyable experience at another hotel that was a similar price range.
The receptionist was pleasant enough and checked us in without any problems, however since then everything went downhill.
Firstly, I think the term "escape" is misleading. The hotel is situated literally just off the road that runs through Sherwood Forest, which I found slightly unnerving given the potential noise levels coming from outside. Upon entering the hotel we found it to be completely manic with a wedding that was happening all around, so we felt that not only were we intruding on this event but that it was altogether very noisy during the whole visit - again, hardly an "escape" from anything.
Secondly, the room. We were given the larger room with zip & link beds which basically means 2 twin beds linked together, rather than a queen or king bed, so that was actually rather disappointing. The bed was ridiculously uncomfortable and sloped at either end. As for the room itself, it was sterile, small and the radiator made an unholy noise for the entire night - we were later informed it had broken. Moreover, our room was very close to the spa, meaning there was an absolutely unholy smell coming from the corridors and with no air vents.
Thirdly, the meal. I have a few food intolerances which means I have specific dietary requirements. The hotel assured me they could cater for me, however what I found was that in their main Courtyard restaurant, I was told that my choices were restricted to just 1 or 2 items on the menu and even then with multiple variations to the dish. For example, I asked for the scallop dish which was to come with a few accompaniments, most of which I could not have, however I wasn't expecting my plate to arrive looking so bare with only 3 measly scallops! The restaurant was also cold and had absolutely no atmosphere.
Finally, the breakfast being served in the same restaurant as all the wedding guests meant more noise and feeling as if we were intruding. The buffet breakfast itself was so poorly cooked as well - just to give an idea, we'd stopped at a service station along the way and quality of their breakfast was better than this hotel's!
On the plus side the Normanton Inn was very cosy and we felt more at ease, so we wished we had dined here instead. Still, given that the voucher did not cover any additional hotel expenses, our voucher for an expensive getaway for two gave us a noisy hotel with an uncomfortable room and terrible food! Definitely not good value for money and definitely would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
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