The hotel offers a 'girls get together' package - and I have to say this is an area it excels in. The price was £85 pp which is fantastic value considering what you get. I trawled the internet for a long long time to find something that could provide us with what we wanted all in one place i.e. somewhere to relax, eat, sleep and party and came up trumps with the Coppid Beech.
It is a strange retro looking place - the reception/lounge area is vast. When we arrived the rooms weren't ready, but this is not a problem (possibly it is if you have small children - I know that I like to get my kids to a room asap to get them settled) You can leave bags in reception.
We had lunch in the bar/lounge area - toasted panini /sandwiches style menu is the offering - about a tenner a head which is reasonable for the setting. Food is delicious and comes with fries and salad and crisps so is substantial enough. Beware the cost of alcohol though.
The waves health club is the only area that brings the hotel rating down. We were not disappointed as we got what we were expecting, but if they had the money to overhaul the pool area they could up their prices considerably. Having said that, it was all clean, but the limescale problem on the tiles around the pool area does make it look otherwise. We still enjoyed it. The pool is large, the spa is hot and bubbly, the steam room and saunas are clean and tidy, and there is a baby pool if required. There are solariums (£1 a minute up to 8 minutes) both standing and lying down. The changing rooms again need an overhaul but are perfectly adequate for purpose - the showers however seem to only provide water in 'hot' and 'very hot' so beware, especially with children.Lockers are large and need £1 coin. The gym areas (split into cardio and weights) are excellent with new equipment, althouth the TV is stranglely placed in the cardio room. You can request towels, and robes are available from your room (not much use if your room isnt ready, but worth knowing) There is also a tiny shop, so if you havent got a swimsuit you can buy one. I didnt check the prices, but its probably considerable!
We were pleasantly suprised with the high standards of the rooms. This is the only accomodation I could find that had enough twin rooms for our party. We were not in adjacent rooms, but we were all placed on the same floor. There is an ice machine if required (and a shoe shiner - a strange concept for me!). The rooms were very comfortable, and clean, and ours (240) had a balcony which was a bonus. A fridge, bathrobes, towels, iron and boad and toiletries are provided and you can ask for other items (shower cap, sewing kit etc.) at reception. The bathroom was clean and the shower powerful enough. Wireless internet is provided free. There was adequate space and you do get a few complementary soft drinks which is a nice touch. As we were 'clubbers' (and I use that term loosely - its probably the first time in a decade) we were not bothered by bass sounds and noisy guests, since we probably didnt go to bed till 3am. I would however probably worry about staying in a venue which has this facility, if I wasnt going to use it. It is all in the basement though.
Dinner was excellent. There are limited options for the package deals and you can't upgrade. You do get three courses, plus half a bottle of wine and coffee, in the Rowan restaurant which is the one we chose. You can alternatively choose the Keller, which is geared towards the more raucus parties - more of a bar than a restaurant, with food. No idea what the food options are there.
We had a choice of 3 for each course (soup/salmon/pate - chicken/salmon/veggie - chocolate cake/lemon torte/fruit salad) You also get bread (and we did request extra). The food was delicious, high quality and beautiful presentation and we couldnt complain at all. I would have like more carbs with my chicken though :)
After dinner, we headed downstairs to the keller, which had a live band playing cover music. As expected it was mostly hens and a few bewildered looking blokes. Quite raucous, quite fun atmosphere. They advertise a lot of 'shot's and do a jug of sex on the beach and various other standard bar stuff. A jug is £10 and was enough for one glass each (5 of us) A shot is £4. After last orders ( I think this was around 11) we were moved on to Apres, which is the nightclub. Again, more hens than anything, and the drinks were a bit more expensive (£6 for a cocktail) but had a good night - mixture of retro and modern tunes, and everyone is over 25.We left about 1ish I think. There was enough seating I should add to rest our tired old bones in the club!
Breakfast is 7.30 - 10.30 on a weekend. They had separated the large female parties into another function room with large round tables. We were very impressed with breakfast. Full English, (good quality) as well as mini muffins, croissants (lovely) selection of cold (meat, cheese etc) selection of fruit (fruit salad, apricots, prunes, figs etc) selection of cereals, selection of juice, tea/coffee. Eat as much as you like. We took full advantage of this.
At all times the staff were professional, courteous and friendly. They did not distinguish between the 'package' guests and the room only guests. Checkout is at noon, and you can just drop your door card off if you have no extra charges. We left very happy and I would thoroughly recommend it for their girls get together.
I should also mention there is a majestic, and a petrol station just over the road.
- 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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