My husband and I had wonderful memories of several stays at the Compleat Angler around 20 years ago, and were eagerly anticipating our return.
Sadly, it is not the lovely place it once was. The location is timeless, and as beautiful as ever. There is not a more pleasant spot to enjoy breakfast than overlooking the Thames in the sunny restaurant.
The rooms, however, are showing their age. The first room we were given, in the ground floor of the annex, was large. But the carpet was stained and patched, and there were spider webs in the corners. Worst, there was a busy path right next to our window on the ground floor, with many people coming and going early in the morning. This was completely unacceptable, and we requested a different room.
The second room was smaller, but cleaner and more pleasant than the first. But it still looked aged and dated (not in a charming way) and there were three long flights of stairs to climb to reach it. The advertised high speed Internet was unbearably slow,
and the cell phone service non-existent. Even the TV was old and there was a very limited selection of channels.
We stayed three nights, and had planned to stay another night later in our visit. But we were glad to leave, and cancelled the final night. I will still remember the old Compleat Angler fondly, but would no longer recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named after Izaak Walton's famous book on angling, the beautiful four-red star Macdonald Compleat Angler is idyllically located on the banks of the River Thames. The hotel is just a short walk from the Georgian town of Marlow, 10 minutes drive from the M4 and just over an hour away from Central London by train. Beautiful both inside and out, enjoy mouthwatering meals from the recently refurbished, three AA rosette-awarded Riverside Restaurant overlooking Marlow Weir or delicious afternoon tea on the terrace. Alternatively, dine in Sindhu by Michelin-starred Indian Chef, Atul Kochhar. For meetings, strategy days or conferences, our meeting facilities are ideal and our 2 brand new SMART board technology board rooms perfect for inspiring great ideas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Compleat Angler Marlow
- Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel Marlow