Trip Advisor ranked it as the No.1 hotel in Preston. It's website informed us it had a 2 rosette restaurant. We therefore booked 2 rooms for 2 nights and dinner for the second night. We were telephoned before our arrival to say that the restaurant no longer had any rosettes due to change in ownership and anyway a wedding was on that night so did we want to book a restaurant elsewhere. Thankfully we did so. The Chop House. Very good.
It is right to say that the double room was clean, quite well furnished and decorated nicely. It was, however, very small. The single room was not good, decor was dated, the bathroom old and tired, and the room small, even in comparison with the general broom cupboard that single travellers are usually levered into. The smell in the annex where the rooms were situated varied between overpowering vanilla to that of sweaty feet and damp.
However, the real problem was the lack of staff. When we arrived there was no one on reception and it took some time for the bell to be answered. When we wanted a taxi there was no one about. When we sought a drink from the bar it was void of a barman. When we returned to the hotel at about 10pm hoping for a nightcap all was in darkness and the door securely locked.
On arriving for breakfast no waiter was in sight. The very average breakfast was long in coming and supplies of cereal appeared not to have been replaced from the morning before. Condiments were, like the staff, nowhere to be found.
All in all, if you want an adequate B and B this place will do you. As a hotel (and it's prices seek to suggest it is) it fails.
If this change is down to new ownership the No.1 rating will tumble fast. We stayed here to avoid the usual "one up on the travel lodge chain" hotels. Next time even corporate blandness would be better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Park Hotel is 3 Star AA Edwardian Manor House built in 1903.We are the only 3 star hotel that is independently owned and run in Preston, as as such, we feel that we can offer a better, and more personal service for your stay,The Edwardian Mansion house dates back to 1903, and retains its wonderful period features. The main house has a bar and dining room, and six traditional double rooms, a studio apartment for a family, and our two new superior rooms,An annex at the rear of the property adds another 10 single and twin rooms which have been finished in more modern style,We can accommodate functions and business conferences, and our location in the lovely Ashton area of Preston offers fresh air and large open parks, whilst only 5 minutes drive from Preston town centre,So whether it be business or pleasure for your visit to Preston, we're sure that your stay at The Park Hotel in Preston will be enjoyable, and memorable, We have 19 beautifully designed rooms, Lounge bar with a wide choice of drinks,Sun Terrace to enjoy drinks,Intimate restaurant with 22 seats, Free private car-park with CCTV, Free WIFI throughout the hotel so for the discerning guests who dare to stay away from the characterless chain hotels with their uniform rooms and sterile service, we present the charming and unique Park Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hotel Preston