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“good with a few small niggles”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Colwick Hall Hotel

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Colwick Hall Hotel
Ranked #6 of 54 Hotels in Nottingham
Certificate of Excellence
yorkshire
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“good with a few small niggles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

stayed 1 night on business
1- location /terrific on the south end of the city with views of the racecourse on 1 side and the river on the other lovely landscape garden
2-rooms /had the byron suite super size room with magnificent bathroom
walk in shower seperste bath and bedit huge marble floor heated towel rails and his hers bath robes
on arrival the internet did not work and i was told it would be fixed shortley which in fairness was within a couple of hours tv did not work but given a change of remote control which solved the problem
3- food/breakfast was really nice all fresh good cold buffet service quick and efficent
4-in conclusion/this seems to be a great wedding venue/ideal for a weekend break or renunion especially in summer where the outdoor seating areas really compliment the hotel
a few niggles as i have mentioned but the only thing which is difficult to explain it just lacks a wow factor maybe on a busy weekend rather than a quiet monday night it may be better but overall highly recommended
straw bear

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Colwick Hall is a wonderful house in beautiful surroundings. Our son had his wedding reception here and it was stunning! The presentation was fantastic with thought to detail. The staff were exceptional. the food was excellent and the hotel stunning. The rooms were luxurious and spotlessly clean. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

What a let down!! The location and photos paint an exciting image let down by a tatty facility that really should have been given a quality makeover when refurbished rather than that provided by a third rate, low cost and quality "lick and spit" merchant.
I booked into this hotel as it seemed amazing value for a business trip - the old rule "you gets what you pays for" held good unfortunately but we have to keep learning this rule don't we!
First impressions driving in should have set the alarm bells ringing but the sight of Nottingham racecourse outside the fence fooled me. The grounds are a let down and show the same lack of care and attention to detail that is exhibited throughout the hotel - a potentially stunning fountain is poorly maintained and scruffy, a glitzy name board hanging in the entrance porch would be more at home in a cheap Las Vegas Motel than a supposedly 4 star country hotel!
The reception hall is grand in scale but just does not carry off the potential to wow the resident. But maybe things are looking up? An upgrade to the Lord Byron Suite but yet again the reality does not follow through on the potential - I will return to the room later but on trying to connect to the wifi - nothing. A trip back down the impressive but shabby main staircase with a stunning chandelier hanging above but with half the bulbs out reveals that there us a problem with the wifi that was known about in the morning but had not been fixed or reported at check in when I asked about wifi access - what? this is a supposedly a hotel for business so why has the wifi not been fixed or alternative internet access been provided?
Anyway no work tonight so back to the room which is huge, grubby and filled with very tatty period furniture with a broken roller blind so the room could not be darkened, some fancy wall lights with a number of bulbs out (what's with this place a replacing light bulbs?), a gold coloured carpet with a join in the middle that is coming apart causing a trip hazard and grubby and chipped paintwork to name but a few of the disappointments ( I could go on and on) and all this in what should have been one of the showpiece rooms. the bathroom was also huge and, apart from some ugly plumbing under the stand alone bath, was quite functional if not anything else - the only major irritation was a ceiling extractor fan that ran constantly and could even be heard in the bedroom through the closed door.
The bar and dinning room were schizophrenic and curiously one room which seemed strange as the building was vast. The wine selection was pathetic and the room reflected the pitiful standards of cleanliness and general maintenance of the bedroom so enough said there. When a group of builders, who were also guests in the hotel, went out to eat I should have followed their lead as the bar/dining room was deserted and I was the only guest drinking and eating which should not have challenged the single barman/waiter.
The food can only be described as adequate, the cheap and heavy cut glass wine glasses would have been more at home in a vintage shop and matched the cutlery and crockery for style!
Moving swiftly on breakfast was buffet style with a cooked option - both were average but the cooked breakfast was served on cold plates and had obviously been delayed on the way out as it was lukewarm. At least the coffee was good!
Checking out was easy but the receptionist sat behind his desk looking at his computer without acknowledging my presence until I spoke to him. No apology was made for the lack of wifi nor was I asked if I had any comments about my stay so I walked out the door and do not intend to darken it again.
This hotel deserves to fail - speaking to the small number of staff who could be found anywhere on the premises it is clear that their main market is weekend weddings and parties and guests during the week are just catered for as also rans and not serious trade and it shows. For goodness sake the hotel has stunning views of the racecourse but the staff said the hotel was not interested in that market in spite of the amount of money sloshing around in racing - says it all really - the old adage "caveat emptor" holds good at this hotel so avoid it if you know whats good for you.

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Hertfordshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

Colwick Hall is a wonderful house in a beautiful setting but could do with some attention and making good.

The room itself was a lovely sized room with an apparently king size bed and the tiniest window imaginable, complete with a blind that was broken and unable to be retracted, thus making the room extremely dark indeed with no natural light.

The bathroom was a fabulous size with his and hers sinks, a toilet, bidet and a bath with shower. However upon arrival there were three hairs to be found, one on the bath and two on the surround. Even after cleaning the following day, one of the hairs still remained. The tiling and grouting needed to be attended to pretty urgently as it was quite nasty. Some floor tiles were also cracked and broken.

The biggest disappointment of all was the bed. We had been looking forward to a king size bed and what we actually got were two single beds pushed together. Sadly they didn't fit together very well and the result was terrible backache the following morning.

The bar was unattended on arrival, but someone soon came to attend once alerted by Reception. The bar and restaurant area was very nice, but service was sometimes a little sporadic. The carpet was also rather ill-fitting and really could do with being straightened out.

When checking in we would happily have paid extra to upgrade but were not offered that option which was a little disappointing, as was having to struggle up two flights of stairs with our luggage and then play find the room as no one offered to carry our bags or show us to the room.

Overall, the biggest let down for us was the bed and the poor nights sleep it gave. The rooms, whilst large, are still the old servants' quarters so there is no view at all and hardly any light. What could be a lovely experience is marred somewhat by the tiredness of the bathroom tiling and the fact that clearly the rooms are not thoroughly cleaned. The writing paper had not been refreshed for some time as evidenced by leaving it open to see the scrawl written on it by a previous guest and finding it later covered over by a brochure as it was when we arrived.

Even on checking out we were not asked how our stay was or we should have provided honest feedback. All in all, if the bed were better and the room brighter, we would be happy to stay again as the staff we met were friendly and courteous. Maybe a little more attention to detail would not go amiss.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

In short very odd and cheap.

Fantastic 18th century building in stunning surroundings. Balance that with Chopin Polonaises as loud piped music at dinner and breakfast; a choice that is just wrong! Then add the bizarre experience that was breakfast: 1/2 way through we were asked if we wanted more from the buffet as the waiter was going to clear it away (and did) then at 0959 he told us to move to the reception to finish our coffees so he could clear our table - amazing!

Dinner was included in the £99 DB&B for two rate. Mostly it was good but desserts, which outside an inclusive rate would have been £6.95 each, comprised three blueberries and two strawberries, bought-in meringues and aerosol cream!

The bedroom was equipped with everything needed to make it unremarkable in positive or negative terms: a tad tired decoration, in the eaves, a good size, adequate shower, splashing of one of the garden's fountains through the open window. Only one bedside table with the wardrobe pushed right next to the bed.

We'd probably go back as at the price, the eccentricities can be overlooked, we'd definitely love to see what the first floor principal bedrooms look like; if they match the house's mahogany main staircase, the mirrored hall, ladies downstairs loo et.al then they must be something to behold.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

We got married at Colwick Hall Hotel on 18.08.12 and can honestly say they as a team made everything perfect i would highly reccomend this hotel to anyone, Birgit the wedding coordinator was brilliant she managed to sort out anything we wanted and all the staff were so lovely polite and accommadating i realy have nothing bad to say, It is a beautiful property making an amazing setting for photographs, The meal was beautiful and the evening Bbq equily so! Massive compliaments to the chef and staff in the kitchens. Even the breakfast was lovely i the morning buffet style with hot and cold options! I only live 5 minute drive away but can not wait to go again soon for lunch! Mid week in the George Town resturant you can get 2 courses for around £7 and 3 courses roughly £10 it is Melasian food on that menu but totally fresh and beautifully cooked! Brill,Brill,Brill,Brill

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

We booked two double bed rooms. The room was quit big cozy and comfortable with all the necessary facilities. It is close to the racecourse and beautiful lake at the back.The front service was very good and provide us a lot of valuable information and very helpful served lovely dinner at georgetown restaurant . The breakfast was very nice continental as well as cooked food and service too good. we are sure to choose this hotel if we could be back at Nottingham next time for holidays.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Colwick Hall Hotel
Address: Colwick Park Colwick Road | Racecourse Road, Nottingham NG2 4BE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Nottinghamshire > Nottingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Nottingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Colwick Hall Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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