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Great stay in the country
I recently stayed at Saville Court Hotel in Englefield Green. Knowing that european rooms can be quite small, I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the room. We had a double room on the 2nd floor. I believe the hotel was recently (in the last year, possibly) renovated... I didn't see any evidence of the 80s style furnishings that someone's review had indicated.
The staff were quite nice & friendly. At times the desk manager's weren't on the same page with their policies - some allowing us to bill back our taxis to our room - others saying this was against policy - but in the end things were straightened out.
We had breakfast included w/ our room rate (125 £/night) (separately it ran approx 15 £/ person) - which included traditional hot english breakfast, as well as continental breakfast. It was divine.
Englefield Green is a beautiful area & I walked one day into Egham - amazing homes strewn about the way.
Taxis ran about 8£ from the hotel into Egham, where we took the train into London. This was the only downfall of staying in Englefield Green, the cost of transport (taxi + train) was about 25£ / day, which got costly during the 8 days we were there. However, we were there on business & the offices we needed to attend were located in Egham, so the location was choice.
I would highly recommend this hotel - a great value!
What no bath?
I had booked this hotel 3 months in advance. We arrived at our room, which was very small, smelt a bit like a blocked drain and didn't even have a bath. Classic example of cramming as many rooms as possible, so they didn't even have room for a bath which you'd expect from paying £125 for one night. We called reception to ask if we could swap for a room with a bath and a very helpful trainee turned up to guide us around two other rooms. He told us that one room didn't have a great view in fact it had blacked-out velux windows!!! The next room we visited was better, BUT it still had no bath, so he found us a room with a bath (I needed one by this point!) which we had to stump up another £10 for the privilege. And between you and me even then the bath was designed for someone of about 4 foot. They didn't even allow enough room for a normal sized-bath.
We used the spa facilities which were excellent.
Although there was a wedding and a murder mystery weekend being held we found a seat in the bar area and enjoyed a drink. The following mornings breakfast was okay considering the staff were having to deal with a high-volume of diners.
When we checked out we discovered a discretionery service charge of £12 had been added surrepticiously amongst the break down of the bill, which we asked to be removed. After all the bar man had only poured us a drink and brought out two plates of sandwiches.
The setting is beautiful and we enjoyed our stay, but if there are rooms that only have a shower the hotel should ask you if this is okay when you book.
Delightful spot to recharge your batteries
Having recently read some of the reviews of this hotel we felt obligated to comment.
Having taken an extensive coach tour of Gt. Britain in 2001, we made plans for a return trip and in June 2005 we spent three incredible weeks touring across England, Wales and Scotland. We had made advance hotel reservations at each stopover and Savill Court was our first and last nights stay in the UK. On our first visit, we "felt like we had died and gone to heaven" ! After all the months of planning and saving for this vacation topped off by the rigors of the journey from Alaska to London, we found Savill Court to be a blissful refuge and a wonderful place to recharge our batteries. After picking up a rental car at Heathrow we had difficulty in finding this hotel, but we had actually chosen this hotel in the first place because of it being a little off the beaten path. At reception we were made to feel welcome and at home by all of the staff, and were revived by a marvellous full-afternoon- tea whilst watching rabbits, deer, and all manner of birds frolicking on the lawn outside the dining room. We found our room to be delightful, (although it was small, as some other travellers have also noted) but it was beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, and extremely well outfitted. We ate a wonderful room-service dinner, the staff were kind and the service was excellent. Breakfast in the dining room was delicious and service and staff was wonderful. We were pleased we had also booked this hotel for our last night in the UK - but, alas this experience was not a repeat of our first nights stay. We were unfortunate enough to be placed in a room that was directly above the-entry way, and although the room conditions and layout were almost identical, our evening was marred by all the rowdiness of a wedding that night. We were unable to sleep due to the merrymaking which ended with reception dealing with some unpleasantness which resulted in the police arriving, adding to the chaos. We believe that after the renovations are fully completed this hotel will be "excellent" - we would not hesitate to recommend it!
Preferred it before its refurbishment
This is the third time we have stayed at this hotel but the first since its refurbishment. We were very disappointed with the size of the room - it seemed to have been cut in half so more rooms could be squeezed in, and as a result the bathroom (no bath, only the smallest shower I have ever been in) was so tiny you could hardly turn round in it. Which was a shame, as the last time we'd stayed there the bathroom was spacious and really lovely. Our friends had a bigger room than us so maybe we were unlucky - allocation of rooms does seem a bit of a lottery, some are good and spacious, some tiny. Unfortunately a car manufacturers conference was being held when we were there, so the car park and bar was packed. The new health spa is lovely and just about the best thing about it. The hotel is set in the most beautiful surroundings - what a shame it doesn't go upmarket (because it is charging upmarket prices) rather than go for the conference brigade. The other disappointing thing is how they have jacked their prices up sky high during Ascot week - something they never used to do before. With the right room and providing there is no conference going on, it's still a lovely hotel though.
enjoyed our stay - hotel set in beautiful grounds - thought the spa area was good at the time we went down 4:00pm we had it to ourselves.
When we went there were two weddings going on so could not eat in the main restaurant but the relocation in the library was a lovely setting and could we not fault the service they were very attentive.
Only negative comments were the rooms are not air conditioned although fans were available another gripe was that the confirmation gave the wrong postcode so using our tom tom we ended up in the middle of an estate!
Below expectations for the price
Stayed here for a wedding recently. Average rooms - nothing special for the price (supposedly special price for wedding, but still expensive). Had no hot water the following day for showers, and was reported to be due to high demand - its meant to be a hotel !!!! Offered only £20 discount as a result, but still couldnt shower which I thought was a poor standard.
Also its in the middle of no-where, so dont stay here expecting to go out locally. Taxis are very expensive in the area also (we were charged about £20 to go about 2.5 miles, and that was in the day, so dread to think of the evening prices)
One of the best hotels I have been to in England
The hotel is set in a large park estate in a beautiful old manor house. Everything has been very tastefully renovated to an extremely high standard. The wellness area is fantastic with a large swimming pool and a glass roof so you can look outside while floating around.
Would definitely go back to this hotel again and spend another wonderful weekend there.
Lovey Pool and Friendly Staff
We stayed for 2 nights last Friday and Saturday on a special deal through the MacDonald Hotels website. Having read some of the reviews here, we were expecting an average room and ok service. However we were pleasently surprised by everything at the hotel!
The lift was out of use when we checked in, but we were offered help with our bags as our room was on the 2nd floor.
We stayed in an executive room (room 201) in the older part of the house, it was on a corner, so we had no noise from adjoining rooms. We had a bit of character to our room (sloping ceilings and a split level floor) rather than being in one of the newer rooms which I believe are a bit boxy (someone was complaining about this type of room as we left on Sunday).
It looked like the room had recently been done out (room and bathroom) and was modern but classic in it's style. The only negatives were the wadrobe being very narrow due to the trouser press and ironing board compartments in it, and the shower had to be on maximum temp to get 'just hot enough' water.
The hot breakfast on Saturday was cooked to order and a wide range of cereals, friut, pastries etc were available, Sunday was a hot buffet, but just as nice. Dinner (inc in our package) on Saturday night was fab, lots of lovely food and my creme brulee was to die for! The service was a bit slow towards the end of the night, but the two functions elsewhere in the hotel may have contributed to this. The waiting staff were friendly and helpful at all times.
The spa facilities were excellent and all looked brand new (I think they've only just been finished. The steam room was out of action, but everything else was up and running - the changing facilities, pool and jacuzzi being especially nice (gym looked good too, but we didn't use it). As it's off season, we had the pool and jacuzzi to ourselves most of the time we were there on Saturday afternoon.
Overall this was a lovely hotel in a really good spot for some long walks and a trip to Windsor, staff were friendly and helpful, delicious food and wonderful pool area. We'd definitley stay again, but agreed that the hotel is probably not worth paying full price for as it lacks some of the extra comforts/facilities that you might want for that price band.
Incompetent staff, unable to do their jobs, managed by people who are quite rude and can't deal with complaints (of which there were many by myself and other guests). We sat down at 7pm for a 2 course meal and left at 10. During this time period we were not asked if we would like any drinks and had to find our own cutlery as the staff could not lay the table.
This has the makings of a good hotel, but until there is a major overhaul of the staff and their abilities, this will remain a disappointing hotel.
My partner and I were looking for a spa weekend near Windsor - she's a swimmer I'm a gymer.
The hotel was pretty busy (especially at breakfast) but the staff always made the time to give prompt help and often smiled.
The room was an executive double - looked new and plenty of space, but no more than expected for the price. It was in the new wing - very convenient for the spa - more so than rooms in the old building.
The spa looked very new and has an excellent jacuzzi, gym and pool. We both had an excellent massage (thanks Sarah).
Bar snacks were excellent - we didn't try the restaurant for a full dinner (the wide breakfast choice took a toll!).
Lift to 2nd floor out of action (we were offered help) and steam room out of service (think may have been a few weeks - suggest check ahead).
However minor gripes in a very enjoyable experience.
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London Marathan 2009
We will be staying in London on Sat 26 April, the day of the Flora Marathon and much as we will love soaking up the atmosphere are thinking where to go to get away from the crowds. We are staying in Covent Garden and usually end up walking down to Tower Bridge etc during the afternoon, but should we avoid this area on that day? Will there still be crowds later in the evening on the Southbank? Just trying to plan the day as far as eating, pubs etc.
Re: London Marathan 2009
Just to clarify, the race is run on SUN 26 April, you may still be on last years calender. As such, most of the event is completed by mid-afternoon with only the stragglers taking over 5 hours. Southwark is not on the route.
Re: London Marathan 2009
Thanks for your reply - I did mean Sunday 26th/Mon 27th!