BEST WESTERN OAKS HOTEL & LEISURE (Brierfield, Burnley)
My wife and I spent 2 nights B&B at the The Oaks on a discount voucher for £79 -- a steal! We intended to visit Pendle Hill, but never actually made it!
On arriving (Aug 30/31 2016), we found plenty of parking set in immaculate lawns and flower beds - very nice. The hotel is in Brierfield a suburb ( about 2 miles from) of Burnley.
Once a magnificent home , it has a wonderful stained glass window illustrating the life of the building's former owner, Abraham Althams. There are plenty of luxurious leather armchairs scattered around the foyer and upstairs.
We liked the hotel immediately, though it lacked a lift... there were 7 flight of stairs to our room - No 262! It was spacious with an oldish but functional bathroom - the recessed taps did not hit you in the face when washing! The towels were fine. The bed was large - 2 singles pushed together - and comfortable and the bedding was immaculate - white, clean, not threadbare!
The breakfast was excellent - full English with additional such as Weetabix, Croissants, fruit,juice etc.
We did not have dinner but dined in Burnley at the AROMA ASIAN Restaurant - excellent, good food, not too pricey -- starters, drinks, main for £38 (more than our usual bill - but OK!)
My wife didn't go in the (small) pool but leisure part looked well run - pleasant lady on desk.
We visited the 'Singing, Ringing Tree' - the wind blows through its tubes - there's a fine view over Burnley - despite its fame it is badly signposted!
The acid test of a hotel is whether you would return – Yes, if the price was right!
I presume that the hotel loses money on these discount vouchers as they get very little of the £79, and any profit comes from selling services in the hotel eg drinks, evening meals...
Note to the Manager:
1. I would suggest that the hotel takes guest’s Email addresses and sends any special offers directly to them and cuts out the ‘middle man’.
2. There was a large 18 bulb chandelier in the foyer which was lit in the morning on a bright sunny day. Assuming each bulb is 30 watt, I calculated it would use 1 unit of electricity every 2 hrs. Assuming it is on 12 hrs per day that would cost about 90p at the domestic rate of 15p/unit.... In a year, about £330.
Replace with CFLs, there would be a saving of about £200 per year (allowing £30 for bulbs) or £250 if replaced by LEDs.
Rolled out across the whole hotel, who knows how much could be saved? less