We stayed here on a weekend deal, Friday and Saturday nights for 2, £62.50 a night. I wasn't particularly hopeful but all I wanted was a bed and an easy location for the wedding/party I was going to in a nearby village. I was so pleasantly surprised that I'm racing to write my review before I get sidetracked and forget. The hotel is right opposite Hatfield Galleria but don't let that put you off. The reception was warm and welcoming on a cold wintery night and the receptionist was speedy and efficient but took the time to ask if we'd stayed before and explained breakfast times and pointed out the bar and restaurant.
Our room was number 8 on the ground floor. It was on the small side but perfectly formed - an armchair, a desk, a lamp and mirror next to the hair drier drawer (things some more male-centric hotels don't think about), good quality black out curtains and a really comfortable bed with the best pillows I've ever slept on - anywhere - goose down and feather - heaven! Tea and coffee tray, nice biscuits, free mineral water, and an iron, ironing board and trouser press all neatly tucked away. A wardrobe with enough hangers for us both to use and two bedside lamps (I hate hotels that only have one - why do they do that?!) and a dimmer switch for the main light by the bed. The bathroom was really clean and the towels soft. The wash basin looked like a toilet bowl and the water in the shower was still almost too hot even on its coolest setting - and that's the only even vaguely critical thing I can say about the room.
We had room service on the Saturday night, the menu was a bit disappointing because it wasnt very big but the option was there to choose from the main restaurant menu and have that brought to the room which was great - I was just wanting something more indulgent I think (pizza or nachos! I know, it's too smart a place for that really!) - that's just personal preference though. We had a drink in the little bar too, it's very sweet and cosy but we balked a bit at the rum and coke that was £5+. We had lunch in the restaurant the next day - had to hunt the staff as we were the only ones there and I think they were catering an event in the hotel - but that was a minor thing (again, just mentioning it to give a rounded view!) and the food was delicious. I had roasted tomato soup and some squid on a risotto bed - it was fabulous - I highly recommend it. It's not cheap but the quality's worth the money I think.
I'd definitely stay here again. It's a lovely cosy hotel, clean, well run and our room was quiet and comfy - couldn't ask for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning contemporary four star hotel, built in 2004, independently owned and run by the nine generation Beale family, with award winning cuisine, restaurant and bar, 53 bedrooms with modern facilities, excellent conference and banqueting areas, free unlimited parking with high speed electric charging for all models of electric cars. Over 130 original works of art throughout the building. Free membership of the Hertfordshire Sports Village (large pool, gym etc) less than 5 minutes walk away. Quiet location despite such a central position in Hatfield. Close to Hatfield House, St Albans, Knebworth House and trains to London. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beales Hotel Hatfield
- Hatfield Beales Hotel