Wow! — was this some fantastic hotel or wasn't it just — one of the best ever family hotels (of course kids run around screaming outside sometimes, and maybe the the shower curtain's flimsy, and dogs sometimes bark as humans can whinge at times too, but what the heck!) we've stayed at — anywhere. Tremendous grounds and absolutely inspiring exterior — brilliant! Rabbit warren no, but corridors extensive, yes, to maximise layout economies and charge us the very least for what you get for the monies.
Restaurant's well up with the best for quality and value (see AA hotel restaurant guide for a very fair assessment), eclectic and exciting, crab and prawn parcel/white fish-tuna tartlets unusual and just right, lamb shank and fillet steaks very well sauced, pork bellies prepared with greatest care, all perfect (of course sometimes a £1-4 supplement; at their all-in prices family room £130 for two parents + 2 kids d/bb, children charged just evening food as taken) then work that one out for something over and above most other places, and for some pretty original mediterranean-styled cooking too.
Mine was a 70th b/day party (me) + Mrs + 2 daughters + 2 grandkids (4 and 8 yrs, eating well past bedtimes but loving it all), all fussy and peculiar but were wowed overboard, but then we're not stuffed shirts. Wine's a bit expensive though, but excellent, so maybe be prepared to bring your own gin and smuggle in a bit of the vino sometimes).
Fantastic gym + large clean pool all inclusive, interesting beauty treats not sampled but charged as taken. Bedrooms huge and clean (ours a generous upgrade I guess, but free as were with a group?) absolutely fabulous — most guests I'd rate as from the Chav sectors but all eminently well-behaved and interesting for the 3 generations we represented), our kids well looked after and noisy a bit sometimes, but why not, the place is for families and wedding guests, not pomposities, and all having a great time.
Daughter number two with a First from Surrey's hotel and management degree, a world leader in the subject, has trained and is experienced in some of the best Swiss, German, British and Austrian hotels. Was equally impressed and enjoyed the lot for what we'd paid).
Breakfast fantastic as hot dishes continuously replaced on counter (dream on, Hilton Hotels in America and UK with your crusted eggs and bacon by 9 am when we ate) to be fresh by hard-working staff, with smiles (of course coffee not delivered until asked for, beats those wretched Hiltons again where they insist on serving coffees too early. Here you wave a finger and up it comes just when wanted — and quick (who's dim enough to wait half an hour before they suss that one out?!)
And please don't blame hotels for charging for Broadband, kick BT and ISPs up the backside for that one!
So thanks boys and girls at Thatcham, we loved you, your service, your smiles, your speed of work. And making sure continuously we were satisfied and happy (that's never easy when you're worked so hard over the typical long hours of the hotel and restaurant trades)
— and all this is from a normally-grumpy 70-yr old whose second name's Victor.
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- Stylish and contemporary AA 4 star hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Regency Newbury
- Regency Park Hotel Newbury, England