The Forest of Arden is a large hotel complex just south of Birmingham International airport/station but only reached via country lanes. I was there for a conference but many were there for the golf course that surrounds the hotel.
The hotel is on three levels and some of the rooms are quite a walk from the reception area/restaurant. That said the staff were mostly helpful and I am sure would allocate a closer room if given sufficient notice.
For those that have an interest in conferences, the conference rooms are well equiped - the only thing to note is that a few are upstairs or have to be reached via stairs/lifts which can be a nuisance for those with mobility problems.
The food was good considering they were catering for in excess of 130 people. There was plenty of choice at the breakfast buffet.
The lesiure facilities I thought were excellent. The pool was a good size and there was a steam room/sauna/jacussi available. Apart from the golf the hotel is surrounded by countryside and there is a pleasant walk via a nature trail to lakes and woods.
All in all a good choice whether for a conference or just r&r.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located near Solihull in the West Midlands, the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club is the perfect setting for business or leisure travel. Our convenient central location provides easy access to all modes of transportation making navigation seamless for all travel preferences. Ideal for a weekend getaway in Meriden, Birmingham, our hotel features a full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, serene indoor pool, decadent restaurants and a picturesque golf course. ... more less
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