Do you like a hotel that has a little personality?
Well the Best Western Ship Hotel in Weybridge has a big one.
We arrived earlier in Weybridge on the Jubilee Weekend (the weather had curtailing our morning plans). Despite this, the staff at the hotel remained unflustered, polite and very helpful.
Like our other Best Western stays the reception staff were more than pleasant. They told us all about the hotel, and we discussed Weybridge, as I’d been told it was one of the country’s most desirable places to live.
As you would expect for a late morning arrival our room was not quite ready, so we were offered a drink in the hotel’s lovely bar while we waited.
The bar is split into two sections, a homely looking pub-bar section, leading up to a comfy lounge, that overlooks a nice courtyard, but the weather put pay to us exploring outside much.
Our visit to Weybridge was centred a round a plan to visit Legoland in nearby Windsor. My seven-year-old was instantly comfortable enough at the hotel to go and ask the staff if they had any Legoland information, which they did, and they even offered him access to Legoland’s website and a printer if he wasn’t satisfied with a pamphlet.
So we sat down and made good use of our wait by planning our Legoland trip, and taking in some of the Jubilee coverage that the barman had kindly switched on for us.
Our room was a good size, and had all you’d expect from a family room. A giant double-bed, and a set-up sofa-bed for my son to sleep on. Luckily for us, he quickly lay claim to the inviting sofa-bed.
The only negatives I’d say for the room were I couldn’t find a thermostat (other than the one on the radiator) and the room was a little warmer than I would have liked it. Plus I always prefer a quilt to sleep with, and the bed was made up with just sheets. Still not enough for me to make a fuss about.
With the rain subsiding we headed out to a Jubilee party at nearby Reigate, armed with the local cinema listings just in case the rain returned.
We had a great time in Reigate, and returned to The Ship to be joined by my parents for dinner – who were also staying in the hotel.
There was plenty of choice and we all chose different things from the menu, my parents taking advantage of a special two or three courses deal.
Visiting Legoland was a breeze from Weybridge. Not an immediately obvious place to stay when visiting the land of the plastic mini-figures, families generally staying in Windsor and Slough. But if you ignore the SAT-Nav routes, and instead follow the quiet B roads (B386 and B383 specifically) you’ll be there in under 30 minutes, and generally avoid the queues created by everyone heading in from the North.
Back at the hotel there is plenty of parking, and we took dinner in its restaurant. Again all enjoying steaks after a long day out trekking around Legoland.
Many of the hotel’s other guests were visiting London, and a quick check on my smartphone found out how easy a London visit from The Ship is. Weybridge train station is under a mile away, and has regular trains to London’s Waterloo that take around 30 minutes.
Breakfast was superb and again service was very good and friendly. And we witnessed the staff being just as nice to other parties in the restaurant.
Making it all round a very comfortable place to stay.
Ian Newbold – Year of Get Up and Go blogging panel