My boyfriend booked this hotel for one night as a surprise (how lucky am I???), I didn’t have a clue where we were going so it was a nice surprise when I turned up!
We parked up in the car park and headed to reception with our bags (don’t take your bags as you may need to drive to your lodge like we did!!). When we got to reception the girl said she was just covering for a few moments till the receptionist came back, this wasn’t an issue as the receptionist promptly returned to check us in. We were given a map and shown where our lodge was, we headed back to the car and headed to our lodge. It was only a few seconds away.
The car park was quite confusing as was a little like a roundabout, the exit signs could be more frequent as there were a few points where we weren’t sure if we were going the wrong way!!!
We were allocated lodge 56, it was lovely as the pictures show!! The room was very cold when we arrived but it soon warmed up when we cranked the thermostat up!!!! The room was well stocked with kettle and enough drinks and biccies which are always a bonus!! There was an ironing board and iron, although it wasn’t the best it was still an iron!!! There were some lovely country pics on the walls of greenery and sheep. The lodge smelt of wood as soon as we walked in so that was nice. The lodges would be even better if they were a little more looked after on the outside, there was a little trough with flowers in but they were dead, so some nice bright flowers would make it that little bit more special!! The bed was too small, it was a double but I always think king sizes should be standard in hotels, I felt like I was falling out of bed all night!! The water in the bathroom wasnt very hot either, the bath I had wasnt red hot but luke warm! Overall, my first stay in a lodge was lovely and I will do again!!
After we had unpacked we nipped out to find a supermarket – TIP: Go to the Sainsburys as Otley, don’t head towards Leeds as you won’t find anything for ages!!!
When we returned we headed to the swimming pool for a dip, sauna and steam – the pool was pretty quiet, by the time we left there were only the two of us in there, well three if you include the guy washing the tiles down! One let down was that the Jacuzzi was on its “cleaning cycle” which meant we couldn’t use it, this was a let down, and surely it should be on cleaning cycle when the pool is closed??? Also, what appeared to be an outdoor Jacuzzi had tape round it and was covered so was also not available for use. The changing rooms were very clean, although I couldn’t get any of the lockers to work so had to leave my bag in the changing area (don’t take any valuables!). Towels are provided for your use.
In the evening we headed into the hotel. There was a wedding reception (albeit it a small one) taking place, we had a quick look in the room and it was set out very nice.
We went to the bar and had a few drinks, we added them to the bar tab as easier for us to just pay on check out. The staff at the bar were not the best, the first visit we had to wait about 5 mins for someone to return. This happened again when we went back for another drink. The bar wasn’t very busy but surely a member of staff should be visible at all times??
After the bar we headed to the restaurant. I was a shocked at how cold it was, I began shivering as soon as I walked in, not the best temperatures for eating an expensive meal! We were shown to our table and given a menu. My boyfriend had pre paid for the evening meal, we were shown the set menu – I could have cried. When my boyfriend rung to book he asked for a menu to be emailed to him, he was told it would be emailed – he never received a menu. Had he have received a menu he would of realised that the set menu wasn’t to suit us. There wasn’t one thing on the menu that I really liked. The waitress kindly delivered some prawn on a Chinese spoon as compliments; I couldn’t eat this as I don’t eat fish / seafood so my boyfriend had both of them. I ended up having the duck for starter but gave it to my boyfriend as it was horrible (although he said it was nice!!). For the main course there wasn’t anything I liked so I had to order something from the Al La Carte menu, although anything you order from this is at a premium which is a real con. My boyfriend and I worked it out that had we ordered from the Al La Carte menu and got three courses of what we wanted it would have been cheaper than the price of the set menu which had nothing I liked on. Normally when you get the set menu it’s cheaper but in this case we were robbed. We expressed our disgust to the waitress who said she was sorry and that they had told the bosses in the past has had complaints before but no one listened. She said she would “do something with the bill” for us, but on our checkout we realised she had also conned us by not making any changes. The main and dessert I chose from the normal menu was lovely so cannot fault these, it was just a con that I had to pay extra when we had already paid £29+ for the set menu. I left the restaurant still freezing.
Overall our stay at the hotel was very pleasant, I imagine it would make a lovely venue for a wedding as the surrounding areas are beautiful.
The location of the hotel is good, only 1 mile from Leeds Bradford airport.
I always leave honest reviews on TA so have done the same with this one too.
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