I stayed at this lovely hotel last week and was blown away with the building. This was a real treat – until I chatted to the exhausted and exploited staff. Many of them work up to 65 hours a week and threatened with the sack if they don’t – (the law is 45 hours per week). Despite this, they provided exceptional service and were very friendly, while their managers stood and did nothing. I tipped the young Eastern European girl who served me and she seemed amazed how much she was appreciated. I told her I hoped the hotels Human Resources Officer realised how hard you all work and she said, “We don’t have one”. One other point of note which I found interesting is the barman in the Wedding Suite area told me he gets paid out of the surplus fund the hotel makes from serving alcohol. So this hotel is clearly run very suspiciously, but as I said, the building and grounds are lovely and the rooms very comfortable. Worth a visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Probably built as a Royal Hunting lodge and very much a stately home since the 16th century, Great Fosters is now a prestigious hotel, awarded 4 red stars by the AA. Set amongst 50 acres of gardens and parkland, the hotel is a Grade One listed building blessed with the grandeur of 16th century England and luxurious modern facilities. Its past is evident in the mullioned windows, tall chimneys, fireplaces and brick finials, while the Saxon moat, crossed by a Japanese bridge, surrounds three sides of the formal garden. All the suites and bedrooms are individually decorated. The bedrooms in the Main House are adorned with tapestries and antiques, whilst the bedrooms in The Cloisters are more contemporary in style. The refurbished Coach House offers luxurious accommodation with the latest plasma screens, i-pod docking stations and fabulous bathrooms. The hotel has two restaurants - The Estate Grill has been awarded two rosettes by the AA and serves a simple and seasonal menu with many of the dishes using produce grown on the estate and cooked on a Josper grill. The Tudor Room was awarded a Michelin star and three rosettes by the AA in October 2016 and is an intimate sophisticated restaurant open for lunch on a Thursday & Friday and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Fosters Egham, Surrey, UK
- Great Fosters Hotel Egham