A friend and I visited Dunchurch Park recently to use the Spa. We have visited quite a few spas in the Coventry area and thought it might be helpful to others to have some details of the facilities as there isn't a great deal on the hotel's website. Please note we didn't stay at the hotel and this review is specifically about the spa. The spa is in a self-contained annex and comprises a small reception area with two treatment rooms downstairs - you have to go through the first one which is set up for make up/nails etc to get to the back room which is small and has a two-person dry sauna, small shower cubicle and a couch. There is a second, room upstairs which is accessed from the reception area and has two couches side by side. There are no changing facilities in any of the rooms. Also there are no toilets in the spa area - to reach the toilets you have to go out of the building, in through the hotel reception and down a long corridor. The hotel also boasts a gym. This is in a separate building. It was locked during our visit and a couple of running machines could be seen through the window.
We were expecting a relaxing spa day and this is how it worked - starting with the sauna. We couldn't use the sauna until two other clients had finished. As we waited in reception, the women walked through on their way to the upstairs treatment room dressed only in bath towels and carrying bags, shoes, clothes etc on their way to the upstairs treatment room. We got undressed in the back room (good job we are friends) and had to put clothes on the treatment couch which was set up for a treatment - therapists should know that this is a hygiene hazard. Fortunately we brought swimming costumes so weren't so vulnerable when we did the walk through reception to the upstairs room. There were several people there including a man. This didn't bother us unduly but others might feel embarrassed. We had booked for different treatments and didn't expect they would be at the same time in the same room. It is hard to relax and switch off which when you know that if you need to speak to the therapist or vice versa it can disturb someone else. On a positive note, the treatments were really good and the therapists were welcoming and clearly very competent - it is a shame the hotel doesn't have better facilities.
Weddings seem to be a big part of the hotel's business and I imagine the facilities are fine for pre-wedding make ups etc. Calling the area a spa is stretching it and there are lots of other venues in the area that measure up to the description.
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