Positives: It's almost perfect
Negatives: It's not perfect
It's all-to-easy to pick holes in something that seems perfect on the surface. (Let's face it, I love Travelodge's showers more than any other... but their bathrooms aren't exactly plush, or particularly clean.)
So let's start with the positives and sneak in the negatives. This place is absolutely stunning. From the front of the building to the soft close toilet seat, everything about Peak Edge oozes quality and sophistication. They (or the designer) have put so much into planning every last detail, that you do feel slightly disappointed when something falls below your by now artificially increased expectations. And, as with everything in life, it's not perfect. But at least they're trying to get there. The hotel is absolutely spotless, I wonder if they go around with sellotape picking up all the dust particles.
Opened in April 2011, they are still finding their feet (as previous reviews attest) but they clearly are finding them very quickly. From the moment we walked through the door (OK, a moment after I nearly fell over the dark brown table on the dark brown floor) we were given a friendly, personal and attentive welcome by the reception staff ("would you like any help with your luggage"), including a personalised welcome pack with a personal letter, and chit-chat about our journey. Lucky guess that we'd travelled from home? Or perhaps I let slip about our travel plans when I called ahead? Either way, impressive. Brownie points earned. Shame I didn't read the letter until the next morning after sweating all night (two duvets... it wasn't cold) as it mentioned "if you're too hot please ask for a sheet" (alluding to a previous reviewer's comments?) That was a shame because the bed was huge and very comfortable, but I didn't sleep too well. Or maybe I slept like a log but woke up too well? My wife had a fantastic night's sleep, she was unconscious within 5 minutes and didn't move until 7am. I just sweated.
My call ahead, incidentally, was to discuss my wife's dietary requirements (lactose & wheat intolerance) and they were very accommodating, calling me back within an hour to say "the chef will cook whatever you like, just let them know when you arrive". That's quite a claim! We arrived late -- there had been a wedding reception on, although very little sign of it by 10:30pm -- and ended up not having an evening meal. We are tempted to go back and have one - it all looks and sounds delish and apparently they grow their own salad and herbs. Breakfast was brilliant. Perhaps could have done with muesli on offer but plenty of cereals, fresh fruit, cheese and meat available for the more continental amongst us. Service was attentive but not overbearing; it wasn't overly busy but wasn't quiet either. We both had a fry up, my wife's potato cake, freshly made by the chef, replacing my bread-coated hash brown. Haggis!! Winner! Illy coffee is served - among the best IMO - and those faffy little handled cups are a bit silly but that's the price you pay for corporate branding, they are the same everywhere that serves Illy. The trick is not to try and shove your fingertip through the hole.....
Walk in wardrobe? You got it.
I'll mention the bathroom specifically, as it's frankly incredible that a bathroom that well appointed should exist in a hotel. The open shower cubicle is a bit odd but that's my tastes and being picky. The mirror was slightly tinted and with a soft light (not blue) so ideal for applying make up, my wife says. Heated too, so it didn't steam up. We didn't try the bath but it was very sexy looking.
Once the landscaped gardens have had a couple of years to bed in, I'm sure they will be stunning too, but it was all a bit sparse and new in Sept 2011. Summer 2012 should be delightful and I'm sure you could spend an hour wandering around the grounds, not sure how big they are but I get the impression they have a fair few acres.
What else.... location is great for southern Peak District. Roughly 15 mins from Matlock, about 30-45 from Hardwick Hall (a good day out, but expensive if you're not National Trust members) and Chatsworth Hall is also fairly close by. Probably 15-20 minutes from the M1 I would guess? Satnav found it easily enough, there's not much else on that road so you shouldn't miss it in the dark!
Very quiet, no noise outside, or in the corridors, although we could hear someone walking (creaking) around in the room above at midnight and again at 7am.
Wifi didn't work in our room (far end of the hall downstairs), wondered if it was out of range or only in the foyer? I didn't think to ask. Mobile reception is minimal at best although probably OK outside, it's not in a valley.
We paid £120 for one night in a standard (which is still pretty special) double room, inc breakfast. A pint of ale (I opted for the Black Sheep, local offering was bland) and a glass of nice Malbec in the adjoining pub/bistro was £9.00. Bar 'snacks' appeared to be oysters and scallops, you kind of expect it by this point.... breakfast was priced at £15 on the menu. Didn't see the mains on offer that night, unfortunately, but they are changing the menu frequently so would only have been an example of price.
I've done a lot of business travelling in 4* hotels, so tend to recognise a 'business hotel' when I see one, and this is definitely a couple of grades above. Well worth a stay here if you're passing or just want a nice break away from the rat race. It's expensive, but not ridiculously so. You can see why.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peak Edge Hotel is a new Modern Boutique Hotel which has recently been awarded a 4* AA accreditation. The hotel was built to complement the existing Red Lion Bar & Bistro. All 26 bedrooms boast picturesque views over the beautiful Derbyshire country side. The bedrooms include 4 Luxury Suites, Accessible and Family rooms as well as beautiful Feature Rooms with glass Juliet balconies overlooking the lake. The hotel is finished to a high standard throughout with facilities including air conditioning, LED flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi throughout. ... more less
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