I have stayed at Novotel Milton Keynes a number of times now, primarily to spend time with family in the area.
LOCATION: The hotel is very well located in a convenient, quiet, but accessible part of Milton Keynes. Parking is plentiful, free and secure. Through a nearby subway is a beautiful wood containing many walks and unique sculptures (Linford Wood). Less than five minutes will get you to the centre. There is also a 24hr garage opposite for emergency supplies. Due to the hotel's back-set position, no road noise can be heard.
FACILITIES: If I could afford it, I'd probably move in. Very well appointed, spacious, and relaxing environment. Lots of places to sit and lounge. Rooms are finished to an excellent standard and well sound proofed. The room attendants are discrete and have an excellent eye for detail. Every time I've stayed, the room has been made up to my specification - e.g., cots or extra beds made out. You can be assured of a good night sleep. The business center and conferencing facilities look productive although I have not used these (yet!). Leisure club is lovely and you can pretty much go when you like which is a bonus. There is a wonderful children's area in the entrance with bricks and an Xbox playing a racing car game. There are also books to read. On arrival, my children have been welcomed with a wooden dinosaur model to assemble and paint. In an attempt to balance this review out, they don't have a Suitmate in the Leisure Club changing rooms (one of those spinny things that dries your trunks in five seconds). If that worries you, see your GP.
FOOD: Great hotel breakfast - everything there you would expect. They even have glasses for juice which hold more than a mouthful (something that routinely annoys me about hotels). The breads and pastries are lovely. Dinner menu is very family friendly, or equally suitable for couples and groups. The children's menu is a proper three course job if that's what you want, with real food at cheaper-than-pub prices. For me, it's been a terrific opportunity to expose my children to a formal dinner setting with real and well presented food. The layout of the dining area also means that you can sit somewhere without worrying about disturbing any couples. Nice atmosphere with attentive but discreet waiting staff.
STAFF: I run hospitals. Next time, I'm going to smuggle a few of the hotel staff into my car and have them look after my patients - they really are very good, even the ones being trained. I've personally experienced their warmth and welcomes, but I've also seen examples of them looking after each other which makes them pretty special in my book. Thank you to each and every one of them.
Like many other reviewers on this site, I spend at least two days a week in hotels in the UK and Europe. I know what I like and don't like, what hotels and guest houses should and shouldn't do, and how to spot a well run establishment. I don't normally leave reviews unless I am compelled to do so as a result of bad service (common) or exceptional service (rare). I'm pleased to say that I'm writing this for the latter and I hope my feedback gets back to the team running this very tidy ship.
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Milton Keynes Hotel Milton Keynes
- Accor Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes Novotel
- Novotel Milton Keynes United Kingdom