Just had a 3 night stay at the Connaught Lodge (housed next to the Best Western and sharing the leisure facilities).
Upside - the leisure facilities are excellent. The pool is of a generous side with spa, sauna and steam rooms. There is also a decent array of cardio machine as well as a well equipped gym room (I am talking hotel standards here, not the mega-gyms that can be found).
The cooked breakfast was also worth a mention...delicious and a great choice. The restaurant staff could not be more helpful, pleasant or attentive.
Downsides - bring your earplugs!! There is literally no sound-proofing of the room. On both the Friday and Saturday nights we were woken at 2am and 4am by guests returning in adjacent room and had to call reception to ask them to quieten down (not drunken noise, just normal conversations that carried).
The restaurant (at breakfast time) was like a sauna...i was physically sweating in a t-shirt.
The car parking area is tiny and with the hotel facilities open to non-guest and functions in the evenings, there was plenty of double parking and blocking in. Thankfully I did not need to get out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly refurbished, AA 4 star Connaught Lodge offers smart and comfortable en-suite accommodation and is centrally located on the West Cliff being just 500m from the town centre, the BIC, Pavilion Theatre, pier and those golden, sandy beaches. Free WiFi, Free Parking and complimentary membership of the Bluewater Spa, located in the adjacent Best Western Connaught Hotel, is available to all Lodge guests. The spa has an 18m swimming pool and spa pool, a luxurious, fully tiled eucalyptus steam room, a superb sauna, 2 gymnasiums and a massage and beauty therapy suite. After a relaxing day in the Spa why not enjoy a superb dinner with first class wine in Blakes', the Connaught's award-winning, double rosette restaurant, also located in the main building, where Nick Rutigliano, the Maitre d', and his team will serve you with superb food, freshly prepared by the Head Chef, Ben Nicol and his young team of highly qualified chefs. ... more less
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