Stayed one night and on arrival did not realise the main building is quite close to the main road. It is set back somewhat though and has plenty of parking at the front. Not a country setting as such though more like a US style roadside travel inn.
Check in was quick and easy and our room was quite large with separate bathroom. Room was very quiet near back of hotel and perfect for us. Had safe in room which is nice touch and free wifi. Had a walk around and pool looked great and quite large. The road out front is busy though but went for a little stroll and directly across from hotel are public footpaths and about 5 minutes away is a little cricket ground, an Indian restaurant and a pub which looked fine although we ate in hotel.
Food was a pleasant surprise. The dinner was included but allowed you to select other options for a supplement which worked well. Wine was fine and thoroughly enjoyed our meal which was to a good standard and included roast belly pork and shoulder of lamb. Breakfast next morning was very busy but we managed to get seated and food was regularly topped up. Not as good quality as the evening meal but lots of choice and ok.
All staff were very pleasant and hard working and this place was very busy with large groups as well as lots of couples etc. The offer I booked under given what we experienced was excellent value and I came away impressed overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Basingstoke Country Hotel is surrounded by mature woodland and provides a serene, relaxing setting for any holiday or special occasion. Just off the M3 yet surrounded by thatched cottage villages, it has 100 air-conditioned bedrooms, including 12 premium rooms and 9 deluxe room. It is an ideal base for exploring the cathedral cities of Winchester, Salisbury and Chichester and the unspoilt beauty and wild ponies of the New Forest. With attractive landscaped courtyards, Health & Leisure Club with indoor swimming pool, and Scures Brasserie restaurant serving local food, it's a great spot for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Basingstoke
- Basingstoke Country Hotel