10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham is a lovely ho...
"Eastwood Hall, Nottingham is a lovely hotel set in wonderful grounds.
Upon arrival there was a mix up with the booking, but that aside once checked in the room was lovely and spacious.
The facilities within the hotel were second to none. There was free access to the leisure club which was complete with gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and an aerobics studio.
Breakfast and lunch at the hotel were on a buffet basis, with a wide choice of foods available.
Dinner was in the form of a set menu, with typically three choices for starter and main course. Service in the restaurant was a little slow (waited over 1 hour on the first night), but when the food did arrive, it was delicious and well presented.
Would definitely go again and recommend to others."
- Travel date: Thu 6th of December 2007
Fantastic conference centre (and an agreeable limited service hotel too)
"I've been here several times for training courses and conferences, most recently last week, and have enjoyed every stay enormously.
The newly refurbished rooms are great, with plentry of space to work and many of the in-room facilities you'd expect from a high quality hotel although the bathrooms feel a little basic.
There are plenty of breakout areas and the overall level of presentation, maintenance and cleanliness is high. It is good to see such a wide range of leisure features as well.
The food at the hotel is of a pretty good standard for a venue which handles so many guests at the same time.
The level of service is friendly and, for the most part, efficient. The bar was closed when we arrived and we were given directions to a choice of nearby pubs according to our taste - beware though, Eastwood is a very small town, so the choices are limited.
All I can say to previous reviewers who were disappointed is that the place is a conference centre first and a hotel second. This is quite clear on the centre's own website and, in fact, the word "hotel" does not appear at all except in the drop-down box for selecting this conference centre or others for booking. That said, if there are no conference delegates and no special events then the services and facilities can be restricted. You'd just need to ask, I guess, like the website says.
If it was my own money I'd still seriously consider staying here if I needed to be in the Nottingham area overnight, just because the ambience is so much more relaxing than the Travel Inn on the other side of the M1!"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of August 2007
Excellent for cheap weekend break
"Very surprised, well presented beautiful country hotel, about 15 minutes from Nottingham City Centre. Staff were very friendly and bedrooms were excellent, just been refurbished, very modern with plasma TV's. Restaurant not open but bar snacks available or there are some restaurants / pubs within walking distance. Leisure facilties are brilliant, pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym, and all free to use. Definitily would return but looking at their other hotels to use next as they are part of a group called Hayley Conference Centres."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of July 2007
"I used this place at work to book conference and decided to stay here for my birthday weekend last week. It is a conference centre rather than a hotel but I really liked it. The staff were friendly, the room lovely, quiet, great facilities (pool, gym, sauna, steam room). Restaurant wasn't open but the bar was serving 'bar snacks', we had fish and chips Â£8 but was a huge portion and really nice. I'd definately stay again."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of June 2007
Horrible - Not a Hotel
"We have just returned having stayed on a Saturday night. This Hotel is being mis-represented as the staff advise only when you arrive that it is a conference centre and not a hotel. No restaurant facility at weekends. No bar open. We booked a Superior double room - bed too small and very uncomfortable, therefore didn't get a good nights sleep. Night porter musn't have a good memory as rang our room in the middle of the night by mistake.
Only good point about this "HOTEL" is the leisure centre.
Definately would not recommend and certainly won't be visiting again."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of October 2006
Loved this place!!
"Stayed here 2nd weekend of April '06. B&B basis and full use of leisure facilities. Booking in was quick although it seems I've had a sex change....Classed as Mr and not Mrs! Hotel was clean and warm, bed was comfy and food was good! Staff were friendly and helpful. Buffet breakfast with good choices to be had.
All in all, had a great time....would recommend to anyone. Out of town and peaceful."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of April 2006
"Spent a Thorntons Chocoholic weekend there in February and had a fabulous time. The Staff were very attentive and made us feel very welcomed. Our room was very comfortable with all the necessary facilities. The pool & fitness room helped to make us feel a little less guilty about the nature of the weekend. The whole place with its own grounds has a very spacious feel to it. All in all, a great place and would definitely consider to use as a straight forward weekend retreat."
- Travel date: Thu 16th of March 2006
A conference centre with bedroons
"I want to like this place.
We've tried it more than once.
It's in well presented grounds.
It's well kept.
It has a smart feel to it.
But it's not a hotel.
It's a residential conference centre that sells bedrooms to Joe Public when it cant sell them to conferences/ weddings/ functions.
This means :
- if they havent got many Joe Public staying, they wont bother to serve breakfast in the restaurant. They only tell you when you get there.
- if they do serve breakfast in the restaurant, the tables you sit at are big, round ones laid up for 8/10 people. It feels odd !
- if it's not busy, the place is cavernous and empty/ soulless. And, being a big conference centre, it is smart & functional before charming and characterful at the best of times.
- the double beds we have always been allocated arent really a double bed. Well, they're not a single, but not as big as our "normal" (ie non king or queen size) bed at home. I guess most of their business is business people staying on their own attending courses and the like, and the centre uses the rooms for double occupancy at the weekend. Bottom line for us , no matter how spic and span the room looks, we just cant sleep thru the night. This was what made us give up in the end with Eastwood Hall. We'd forgive all the rest, but knowing we werent going to get a good night's sleep makes it a bad choice for us.
It's not dirty, nor tired or full of bad tempered staff...but it isnt a hotel....and do watch the beds !!"
- Travel date: Tue 24th of May 2005
"I found a little gem nestled in the Nottinghamshire Countryside. Orignally went for a work residential and found the place so chilled out and the standard of customer care and service was great. The vestibule areas were stacked to the ceiling it felt with tea, coffee, chocolate of all varieties, crisps and yummy ginger biscuits. The rooms were clean but just your average. Leisure club was very very nice. Thoroughly recommend if you are looking for somewhere for a work residential or training course. The previous writer is correct in riush hour its at least 30 mins from Nottingham City Centre, but who wants to go to the City Centre anyway!"
- Travel date: Sat 5th of March 2005
Lovely hotel, great facilities
"I originally stayed at Eastwood Hall on a 5 day training course and was pleasently surprised by the hotel. The staff are friendly, the place is immaculately clean and the food and evening entertainment is excellent. I have since visited twice more for Â£50 B&B through last minute- a much more pleasant experience than somewhere such as a travel lodge!"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of February 2005