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Hotel De Vere Daresbury Park (Warrington)

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Address: Daresbury / Warrington / Cheshire WA4 4BB / Tel: 0844 980 2360

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      08.08.2011 13:58
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      Daresbury Park On a recent 2 day visit to Knowsley Safari Park and Camelot, we decided to stay in this hotel for the night. The hotel offered us a good deal and being a De Vere hotel, I thought it would be child friendly; this was important as we were travelling with Little Miss and grandson. The hotel is easy to find and on a main road but because of the layout is set well back from the road. It is centrally located near the Manchester, Liverpool and Chester and major transport links including Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester International Airports. FIRST IMPRESSIONS... The sat nav got us straight to the hotel and the drive to the reception area of the hotel is quite a long one; guests have to pass a large leisure centre and meander through the extensive car park which apparently has spaces for 400 cars. The hotel itself has a very contemporary look with lots of glass and a kind of curved structure. It has been extensively refurbished and it did look very new modern and clean. We parked close to the hotel and went to check in. The entrance lobby is light and airy with small tables, chairs and comfy sofas dotted around the place. In keeping with the general look of the hotel, the reception desk itself was all sleek and modern and we were quickly checked in by the friendly and helpful receptionist. We were staying in a room on the 3rd floor, and to get to the lifts had to walk through what I can describe only as a glass tunnel. The gardens are on either side of the tunnel, with tables and chairs, all very pleasant for a summer evening. There are two lifts and we were quickly taken to our floor, where the rooms were clearly sign posted. THE BEDROOM... There are 134 twin and double bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms. Our bedroom was what I call the typical hotel bedroom; desk, table and chair wardrobe (with hangers, ironing board and iron), bedside cabinets, and storage space. It was quite blandly decorated but clean and functional. We had the two children with us so two blow up beds had been placed by the side of the double bed. I did think that because extra beds had been added, some of the additional and unnecessary furniture could have been taken away. It was all a bit of a squash, with the table and chair being pushed into the corner. The room was incredibly hot, and the window just opened a tiny bit. Because of this, and without us asking, a large fan had also been added to the general jumble of furniture in the room. Maybe time to think about air conditioning! Other features of the room included:Satellite TV, direct dial telephone hairdryer tea / coffee making facility, complimentary broadband access, satellite channels, pay TV movies and radio. There was also a complimentary activity pack and fruit shoot for the children which was a nice touch. BATHROOM... Although quite small, the bathroom was clean and bright with the usual toilet, bath with over bath shower, thankfully a shower door and not curtain, and sink. The towels were fluffy and white but rather sparse- there were four of us and only three towels, and I had rather thought we would have got one each. Also in the bathroom were some toiletries, but again, I think we could have been given an extra shower gel given that we were four! RESTAURANT... The restaurant is situated on the second floor and is accessed by wandering through the bar area, although there is a café type serving area in the entrance lobby serving snacks, and drinks. The restaurant itself is large and airy and is sectioned into smaller areas. The tables and chairs are all light wood, with the tables at the sides of the room being upholstered bench type seating. A bonus for us was that there were plenty of clean high chairs so no waiting around until a dining little one had finished. We had bought a package for the hotel which included an evening meal and breakfast. Until we sat down, we didn't realise that the evening meal would be a kind of platter to share. This was fine in principal but they hadn't asked about dietary needs and since there was a vegetarian in our ranks, food was sparse. That said, the food on the platter was delicious for the meat eaters. There were plenty of chicken wings, barbecued chicken, salmon, prawns, potato wedges and chips with salad and vegetables. All nicely cooked and presented, although we did have to order another meal which featured fewer cuts of meat! The breakfast was plentiful with fresh fruit salad, toast, fresh fruit juices, cooked breakfast, cereals, and croissants. This was self service style and left us full and ready for the day ahead. OTHER HOTEL FEATURES... Although we didn't use any of the extras, the hotel also has: * Meeting & Syndicate Rooms: * Indoor pool * gym with over 20 fitness stations * beauty salon * spa bath and sauna, squash court * internet cafe CONTACT... Address: Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4BB Telephone: 0844 980 2360 Fax: 0844 980 2481 E mail: daresbury@devere-hotels.com VERDICT... We were at the hotel for only one night and bar a few problems, it was fine for us, given that we were using it only as a base. The staff are friendly and efficient, all areas of the hotel are clean and the food we had was tasty and plenty of it (unless vegetarian.) One plus point is that it is very child friendly although given the size of the place and the extensive grounds it would have been nice to have had an outdoor play area. There was however a room designated as an indoor play area where parents could take children and where there were colouring sheets, pencils and a wii. In summary, it' a chain hotel, nothing spectacular but good as a base Thanks for reading Daniela xx

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