“ Address: Lakeview Drive / Sherwood Business Park / Annesley / Nottingham / NG15 0DA / England „
This hotel is just off the M1 at junction 27 and it's about 12 miles from Nottingham. It's in Sherwood Business Park, which has various new office buildings scattered around it. The hotel itself is very modern looking, a black tower structure probably around 10 storeys high (don't quote me on that it might be much shorter or taller).
The initial impression is that's it's very new, clean, comfortable and well designed. This impression continues when you enter the reception. There is a really modern "trendy" feel about the place, expensive looking sofas and a modern open fire. To the right of reception is the bar and restaurant.
The staff on reception are well presented, efficient and polite.
Everything about this place conveys a professional and well designed feeling. They have obviously put a lot of effort into making the hotel a step above the competition priced at around the same level.
Usually I find that as you progress though a hotel its appearance goes down hill, the reception is the plushes part, then the lifts and corridors start to do look a bit scruffier and finally the room looks like it is from a different hotel than the reception you've just walked though. However I was delighted to see the Dakota was different, the lifts and corridors are sparkling clean and the rooms are great.
While the room I stayed in was not massive it was by far the best at this price range that I've ever been in, at home or abroad. The bed was very comfortable the sheets looked brand new, the carpet was thick and clean, I had a big desk, comfortable chairs and a 30" flat screen TV, even the air conditioning worked well and quietly (I always seem to get rooms with broken air con. or heating, until the Dakota that was). The one tiny criticism I would level at my room and the hotel in general was that it was a tiny bit too dark. Most of the fixtures are dark wood and there is subtle lighting everywhere. While this generally looks great, I was staying for 2 weeks so by the end of that time I wanted some magnolia!
By the way if you do ever stay here and can't find where to hang your stuff, instead of a wardrobe you get hanging space hidden behind the bed (that should save you 10 minutes looking).
The bathroom was great as well. Mine was fully tiled from floor to ceiling in black and white tiles making a checkered effect. It was spotless and unlike most hotel bathrooms it had better fittings than most homes, posh looking taps, toilet and basin. Even the built in mirrors were heated so they didn't steam up. The towels were like something you would buy from John Lewis, thick and fluffy. The toiletries were very nice too.
The final important parts of any hotel for me are the restaurant, menu, bar and breakfast. While the bar and food is relatively expensive compared to other hotels offering the same room rate the quality is much better. The variety of food was good and the standard of cooking and presentation could not be faulted. I particularly remember the fish options and steak to be very good. The breakfasts are cooked to order too, so no cold eggs and bacon swimming around in a greasy hotplate. The smoked salmon and scrambled eggs were a favorite of mine while there.
I've mentioned the value in comparison to similar priced hotels but not said the room rates yet. When I stayed the rooms were available from £89 a night, which is cheaper than I've paid for some truly awful places, and this is the weekday business rate (Hotels seem to stick the price up if they know the company are paying) At weekends I'm sure you can get a better price.
I know by the way that I've been banging on about this place it sounds like I own shares in it! That is not the case, it's that it's such a delight to find a hotel this much better than the usual competition, I can't but help tell you all about it.