My husband and I stayed at Cadbury House as a stop-over whilst working in Bristol this week. First impressions were good; the receptionist was friendly and helpful, a room request was well considered and we were given lovely warm cookies as a welcome gift! Room was spacious, decor was nice, and it was all very clean (the same can be said for the whole hotel). But there was a fan (or similar) that was pretty noisy all through the night and only stopped when we were about to get up!
The main problem with Cadbury House was that - even having only paid £74 for a room via LastMinute ('top secret' hotel) - we wouldn't have paid any more for it. First off, after a long and strenuous day we felt a swim and spa bath was in order. The facilities were good, but bare in mind that they feel much more like nice leisure facilities for local fitness folk than a relaxing hotel spa. Being situated in a detached building from the hotel didn't help (walking back to your room outside in winter is never so pleasant!) this. But the facilities were at least clean and modern.
Then we had dinner. The 'Marco Pierre White' food was of a fairly typical gastro pub nature - but with a higher than average price tag. There was only one vegetarian main (and it was only on that day's specials list). To be fair, the chef was happy to cook me something else (I opted for a salad... for £15). I felt guilty, like I was being awkward - especially as it was a steakhouse and grill! But as my husband said, as the hotel's only restaurant they should be catering for a slightly wider clientele and not treat vegetarians like a second-rate diners (the bar only menu offered more choice but was not the dining experience we wanted that night). My salad was nice and my husband enjoyed his Kiev, but left most of his beef dripping 'real chips' as the fat that oozed out put him off.
The front of house staff were all perfectly pleasant and helpful, but during dinner all did not seem so calm and professional in the kitchen... A lot of shouting (and not just orders being communicated!) resulted in a slightly tense eating experience. Breakfast the following morning was good (nice fresh breads and homemade smoothie shots) but all in all, Mr White appears to have sold out quite a bit. I certainly wouldn't put my name to this restaurant.
To sum up, this place is fine for business but not so well suited as a social venue. If we had gone for a romatic trip away we'd have felt robbed. And our stay was a comparative 'bargain'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to DoubleTree by Hilton – Cadbury House, the South West’s newest four Star 132 Bedroom contemporary boutique Hotel & Spa. Cadbury House is a stunning venue set within rolling English countryside, making it the ideal backdrop for your Wedding, Private Party, Business Event, Spa Break or Dining Experience. Cadbury House is in a convenient location and is only minutes away, from the M5 motorway, Bristol airport and Bristol City Centre. ... more less
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