Stayed at the oddly named Coppid Beech for a weekend over Easter. I thought the hotel was rather nice. Check in was efficient and was given a family room on the ground floor. The room was spacious with two camp beds up for the children. Even with the camp beds up we still had more than enough room. The bathroom was adequately equipped albeit a bit chilly. The room was warm enough with an electric heater that soon got the room nice and cosy. A decent sized flat screen tv with a good choice of channels. See comments about the bird pooh on the balcony's, all true I am afraid. The bed I found quite comfortable wIth good quality linen. Coffee and tea in the room was of good quality, an iron and board in the room useful for some. In summary I was pleased with the room.
A sign at reception says one could get a £250 "fine" for smoking in the grounds other than the designated smoking area's. previously in other hotels I have seen signs saying £100 cleaning fee etc etc. but a fine? I fail to see what law or what legal authority they have to fine people. My understanding of the law is that only a court can fine people following a proper judicial process. Would like to have tested this new court process, clearly someone at the hotel has the regulation of investigatory powers act qualification, or do they call the cops?
A visit to the health club was good too, a fair sized swimming pool, nice and warm, a hot tub, sauna and steam room. Only downside was a shortage of towels, thus given a rather threadbare small towel that could not possibly have dried my six foot torso!
Had breakfast in the restaurant, (twice) not a great choice but was (other than the scrambled egg) cooked well. Coffee was good and served promptly. The scrambled egg if you were wondering was suspiciously like canned egg rather than from fresh eggs. A few fried or poached eggs would have been nice. Was it a four star breakfast?, the service was for sure, the food probably not.
Went to the Keller bar on both nights, in the basement of the hotel. Live band on both nights, good soundproofing ensured guests were not disturbed. Prices were very fair at the Keller bar. A couple of odd things though. Was charged £5pp to get in on the Saturday night, considering I had paid over £100 per night for the room I found that somewhat mean, especially as they were advertising one night with breakfast, including entrance to the Keller for £59. The other odd thing is the Keller bar is also a restaurant, at 11pm the restaurant part was empty but they would not allow people to sit in it, thus other than two small booths the Keller is stand up only. Very strange.
Would I stay again? yes probably. Four stars? yes, just....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coppid Beech Hotel is one of Berkshire’s finest four-star properties, providing guests with spacious, comfortable, modern bedrooms; excellent food and 2 distinctive bars. It also has dedicated and purpose built meeting and conference facilities; a live music venue and fully refurbished state of the art equipped Health and Fitness Club – Wellness at the Beech. The hotel has 205 bedrooms offering a variety of accommodation, including 19 suites, several family rooms and a selection of superior rooms. We now offer all our guests complimentary High Speed Wifi throughout, running at a maximum speed of up to 30mb in all public areas and up to 300mb in all our meeting and conferences rooms, helping to make connecting easier for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coppid Beech Hotel Bracknell, Berkshire