||We stayed at this hotel for the duration of our 3 day visit to the Chilterns in March 2009.
There is plenty of parking space in the hotel grounds and the main entrance to reception is at the front of the building. The hotel's own web page
describes it as a "peaceful retreat" in "tranquil surroundings" which I think is a large slice of artistic licence as it is very close to the M1 Motorway.
We knew that before we went so it didn't come as a surprise but we were there in March and so were able to keep our bedroom window shut. The only
noise that came through was a low hiss but with the window open, we tested it, it was really quite noisy and we wouldn't like to stay there in warm
weather. Having said that there was a stand-alone air conditioning unit in the room but I don't know how noisy that might have been when it was in
The hotel is a modern building and the decor was in good order. Our bedroom wasn't particularly spacious although it did have room, just, for one
armchair. The bed was perfectly comfortable and, I think, was king size. There was a fitted dressing table unit which ran the full width of the wall
opposite the foot of the bed and include a television. The door to the room opened into a small lobby, off of which was the bathroom, which led into
the main bedroom area.
In the lobby there was hanging space for clothes, no enclosed wardrobe, tea/coffee making facilities and a trouser press. The bathroom was small but
perfectly formed and Amanda commented that the plumbing was very good with no loud gurgles or other noises and good water pressure. The only fault we
could find with our room was that some of the overhead spotlights, which were the only type of lighting, sometimes flickered and went out and then came
back on again. We didn't have much luggage as were staying only two nights and I think that a weeks luggage would have started to get in the way.
The staff were, without exception, very friendly and willing to help. The food was very good although the menu would be a little limiting if you were
staying for a week and I suspect that it isn't changed very often. There were some 'specials' in addition but only three and they were starters and desserts
and they didn't change during our stay.
This hotel's location is described as Hemel Hempstead but is actually on the outskirts of Redbourn between Hemel Hempstead and St. Albans.
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