Stayed here for my wife's birthday prior to visiting Harry Potter World, and to be honest we didn't spend much time in the hotel as there was so much to see and do in St Albans, a lovely town, with a beautiful park and a famous Abbey that we could see from the window of our room. The hotel is on one of the main roads right in the centre, and there was some traffic noise outside but nothing major. There is a big car park through the arch at the rear of the hotel which was very welcome.
After booking I found out the hotel had been the subject of "The Hotel Inspector" TV program and although I haven't seen that episode on entering the room I am willing to bet that the lime green runners details in the room were the idea of Alexi Polizi.
Personally we would have preferred more of a traditional look in a genuine Tudor building but what do I know?! However whoever installed the en-suite deserves a medal. I've never used a better shower (like something I would expect to see in Dubai) or seen a cannier bit of design in a small space. The room itself was spotless and this being a real Tudor building we were fascinated by the uphill walk, (I'm not kidding), from one side of the room to the other.
We ate out at Jamie's Italian that night which is but a short walk away (celebrity chef restaurants aren't common in the frozen North) and then spent most of the rest of the evening at the place where CAMRA held their first meeting, The Farriers Arms, so it wasn't until the next day we got to use the dining room for a grand breakfast. What a lovely dining room it is, and we had a great breakfast we enjoyed too.
Staff were great throughout, and falling over themselves to help at all times, but what a great place St. Albans is, and in this hotel you are right in the centre of it.
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