I've just returned from a stay at the Golf & Spa Hotel. The stay was arranged y friends so didn't really have much of a clue about the property. We did play golf there however due to the weather we never got to see it at its best. The grounds are very scenic and both courses are very well prepared. The golf course was also the only place where there was a mobile phone reception but have to say the hotel have dealt with the issue very well by giving free WiFi throughout so in these days of smartphones it's still very easy to keep up with your day to day life.
The spa was very nice and I did enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
My room was good but nothing special and I did not feel it deserves the price charged having stayed in an equal golf a spa hotel 2 weeks ago, with almost identical facilities, for a little under half of the cost of my stay here.
Breakfast was not particularly good and certainly doesn't warrant the price charged (I think it's £10.50) Replenishment was an afterthought and several people gave up waiting for eggs to arrive.
The bar food at lunchtime was excellent and reasonably priced. I did hear people saying they had ordered room service but after an hour were cancelling because they had to be somewhere else. This just caused an inquest among the bar staff who then forgot that they were part of the way though serving customers. Indeed one of my own party ordered a coffee in the bar and after 20 minutes had to go back to find out what had happened to it .. with the barman stood next to the machine oblivious to the fact he should have made it y then.
These were only niggling issues however, and the positives far outweigh the negatives. My only real gripe is that I was also charged 3% extra to pay by American Express. Now this is an hotel that is going for the luxury end of the market and it is the first hotel worldwide that I have stayed in that has charged this premium. Now when you have paid £170 for a nights stay the extra fiver is rubbing salt into the wound but hey ho they are the rules and we live and learn.
Would I stay again? Probaly not by choice if it was coming out of my own pocket but if someone was feeling rich enough to pay for it for me or as part of a business trip then yes I would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star award-winning Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is situated in 300 acres of rolling countryside, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The hotel is ideally positioned in the middle of the Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester triangle and is only 45 minutes from the M25 and Stansted Airport. The hotel offers 80 contemporary hotel bedrooms and a wide range of facilities including, the 2 AA Rosette Lakes Restaurant, two 18-hole Championship golf courses and driving range, nine function rooms offering superb views over Constable Country ideal for weddings, celebrations and conferences and a hi-tech fitness centre. There is also a luxurious spa within the hotel, where you'll find a heated indoor swimming pool with spa temple, sauna, steam room, exotic Rasul and Hammam treatment rooms, a bistro and a whole range of health and beauty therapies on offer. There is extensive free parking, free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel and the Pippin Shop onsite provides all the essentials you may require plus an array of handmade gifts. Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa also offer a number of self-catering luxury lodges on site, which enjoy all the facilities of the hotel but with a private area to escape to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf Hotel Leavenheath
- Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf And Spa
- Best Western Colchester
- Colchester Best Western