My friend booked this as a spa weekend and having been to a number of spas before, I was really disapointed. While I think that the deal - including stay, food and some treatments was a good one, it did show. I had the impression that people on such deals - clearly meant as a taster and to bring people back to this place, were second class to those who came for the day or on non-packages.
The place itself was packed - you had to wait for everything from check in to getting into saunas/ pools. Overall there are too few facilities for a proper spa or the amount of people that have been admitted. There was nowhere to sit in the resting areas and the poor women who do the treatments were reduced to shouting across the room (not very relaxing for those of us who were trying to have a break). There is a resting room, but it is quite limited. The treatments itself were excellent and the redeeming feature of the weekend. However, if you have not pre-booked you are sent from pillar to post and told to come back again at some time and then told that no more treatments are available - which is annoying if you have made time to do so.
Everything in this place is very expensive - a cup of coffee/tea for £ 3.10? Since the waterjugs were almost always empty, I was really thirsty for most of the time.
The hotel is tired. My room was very dated with cracks in the wall, and sheets and old blankets instead of a proper duvet. Staff were pretty patronizing - the kind of smiley friendliness that is usueally reserved for children and dogs and I just hated being constantly addressed as 'you ladies' .
While lunch was really bad (some hot dishes, but little variety and also much of it not replaced), dinner was very good. Breakfast was mass-produced hot stuff and the coffee undrinkable (you also had to flag one of the waiting staff down who were not very keen to make rounds in the large room).
There must be a reason why no one asks you if you have enjoyed your stay at check out, perhaps because they know that this is really not that great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whittlebury Hall is a magnificent four star conference and training centre, hotel and spa, set in rural Northamptonshire. Its classical Georgian architecture, complemented by rich furnishings and fabrics has produced an award-winning hotel, recognised for its high standard of accommodation and service. The hotel has 213 spacious double bedrooms including five individually designed suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, decorated to provide a modern yet elegant and restful escape. With a host of personal touches and thoughtful extras. Whittlebury Hall excels in conference, training and meeting facilities, boasting 20 principal training suites supported by 28 fully serviced syndicate rooms, six spacious meeting rooms, executive boardroom and three secluded private dining rooms. The award-winning The Day Spa at Whittlebury Hall is one of the largest in the country and a key selling point for the hotel. Stretching across two levels, the upper floor alone contains 23 treatment rooms, with a choice of more than altogether offering over 60 treatments delivered by a team of highly skilled therapists. It offers the ultimate in pampering with a host of stimulating Heat and Ice Experiences. There is also a Hair Studio for those who want a quick blow dry and style through to a full cut and colour. There is also The Leisure Club in the hotel, which includes a 19-metre pool, whirlpool spa, bubble jet, steam room, sauna, aerobic studio and the latest in equipment with state-of-the-art gymnasium. In addition, the hotel boasts three restaurants; Astons - offering a relaxed atmosphere to meet with family and friends with a blend of classic and contemporary cuisine, 2 AA Rosettes restaurant Murrays at Whittlebury Hall - with creative dishes and the opportunity to taste the latest blends of flavours and ingredients presented by an award-winning chef and Bentleys - the perfect rendezvous for friends, family or colleagues with an Italian pizza and pasta menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whittlebury Hall Towcester
- Hall Whittlebury