Excellent hotel & brilliant breakfast, as well as a friendly service. Shame it's in the middle of no-where.
Me and my friends stayed at this hotel for the weekend as we were going to the Download festival on Saturday - and this hotel was the best priced hotel we could find in comparison to everywhere else. The hotel was very good value for money.
When we arrived inside, the hotel was vast, clean and had a very relaxing atmosphere. We were greeted by some lovely ladies that assisted us with checking in and were happy to answer any queries that we had. They actually had a misunderstanding about us paying for an additional breakfast we didn't want - but they sorted it out in the most friendliest and apologetic manor and gave us our money back. The only thing I didn't like was that we phoned reception before arrival asking us what there was locally - they said there was a Tesco which was a 5 minutes walk away. Upon arrival, they said there was a co-op which was 20 minute walk away. We got to the co-op in the village of Measham after more than an hours walk which lasted for 3 miles! Funniest "5" or "20 minutes walk of my life" !!!
Our rooms were very cosy, spotless and clean, and also very modernised. The rooms contained all of the essentials that we needed. Despite noisy neighbours (although that wasn't the hotels fault) there was building works going on and we didn't even notice - there was no disruption at all - so well done for that!
We had breakfast only on the Saturday morning - I thought £7.50 was a tad pricey per head, and an even dearer price of £10 if you order on the day - but you do get an all you can eat buffet with so many options to choose from - everything in a full English breakfast, fruits, cereals etc. Plus, we asked if they could possibly do us some veggie sausages as we are vegetarians on arrival, and we got them ready to order in the morning. The buffet was steaming hot and tasted great. You could say we left breakfast feeling extremely satisfied!
Like I mentioned in the title, the only negative thing really is the location - unless you have a car (which we didn't) or do not mind paying for taxi fares all the time, or spend the majority of your trip walking. The nearest train station is Tamworth which is like, 9 miles away and cost us between £15-£17 on different days. The nearest village is the small village of Measham, which is again, over an hour to walk and you probably need to use a map on your phone as it's such a confusing area - it's mostly just full of fields and dual carriageways with very little sign posts around - but this is not the hotel's fault!
Before I forget, all of the staff are great, but me and my mates would love to give a shout out to Bill - who works there at night - very helpful and what a top bloke!
Would definitely stay here again, if I ever went to the festival again. Thanks to everyone who made our weekend such a positive one! less