Having read the reviews on here, we didn't know what to expect with this hotel, so my real aim is to give a very accurate review.
Myself and my partner were both very impressed when we drove up to the hotel, it's huge! And although we went in winter, the grounds looked like theyd be lovely in high summer. The hotel instantly seemed upmarket as we made our way to reception. We arrived about 12.30, and checked in, and left our bags to be put in our rooms.
We then made our way to the spa, which is gorgeous! We went on a Sunday and as we expected for Valentines weekend, it was busy. We collected our dressing gowns, towels and slippers from reception, and then went on a tour. In all honesty the tour only led us to be confused about the spa... which is a maze of different rooms and facilities. The guide was difficult to understand and didn''t really explain things very well. We then went to get changed, the locker rooms are lovely, with the ladies having a whole dressing area with hairdryers etc. We made our way to the spa area (there is also a leisure area with the pool and jacuzzi) and spent aaaages enjoying the hydrotherapy pool, We tried the other rooms, which were all lovely, except for the ice cave which was just funny to watch as people gasped at the cold water. My partner and I have never been to a spa before, but Whitlebury Hall seemed to have everything. Everything was clean and tidy and even though it was busy, we still felt relaxed and pampered. The only place that needed a bit of TLC was the ceiling above the jacuzzi where paint was peeling, but i didn't even notice that until my partner pointed it out.
About 4 o'clock we went back to our room, where our bags were waiting as promised. The room was very clean and tidy, and tastefully decorated. Our initial impression of the bed was WOW as it was huge, however my partner pointed out it was 2 beds put together, so not a proper double. However the bed was lovely and comfy and didn't really feel like two beds put together. Our package included a bottle of champagne, which was not in the room, but a quick visit to reception and a bottle was brought up very quickly.
My partner developed a migraine that night, and when I asked the receptionist if I could change our dinner reservation time, he couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating. Even informing me the toilets had a vending machine with paracetomal in.
We went for dinner at 9.00pm, and were shown to our table, and i was given a rose which was a nice touch. We had to wait quite a while before our waitress appeared, but my partner and I could plainly see that there weren't enough waiters for the size of the dining room. Eventually Jo (our waitress) came and apologised for the wait, and although we were initially annoyed about the wait, both took to her immediatley as she was so friendly and down to earth. Her style might not be to everyones taste but we really enjoyed talking to her and she was very helpful and funny. Dinner itself was a pleasant suprise, as we arrived so late we were a bit worried we might just be left with what hadnt been used earlier, but the food was very tasty and nicely presented, with only a couple of things sold out.
After dinner, we went back to our room. The next morning we went to breakfast and were very impressed with the selection of continental and cooked breakfast. We then went back to the room for a little sleep, planning to go back to the spa after we had checked out, as our booking said 'full use of the heat and ice experiences'. On arriving at the spa we were informed that the heat and ice experiences were only for the day of arrival, and we could have used the leisure centre, but only until eleven. Admittedly, we should have asked for the exact details, but I certainly felt that our package deals were misleading (we booked with lastminute.com) and because we had planned to spend most of Monday at the spa, felt we missed out a bit. The spa was a lot less busy on Monday as we had expected and were disappointed we couldn't go back. After we found this out I booked myself in for a massage and we spent the time between in the Silverstone bar, which is fascinating with all it's racing memorabilia. The massage was FANTASTIC, I had the deep tissue back massage and felt fantastic afterwards, definatley worth the money and the treatment rooms are really quiet and gorgeous.
I certainley would recommend this hotel to anyone, we had a lovely time and came back super relaxed. I would only say that you need to check your spa times, as it wasn't made clear to us that we couldnt really use it the second day. Thankyou so much to all the staff, who were all lovely, and we hope to go back very soon
- 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