“ Address: Ellice Way / Wrexham / LL13 7YH / Tel: 01978 291 400 „
~Ramada Plaza Hotel, Wrexham~
A few months ago I spent a weekend at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Wrexham. I had stayed at a Ramada Hotel before, but that one was miles away from here, situated just outside of London. I had really enjoyed my stay at the one by London and had no complaints whatsoever about it, so I had high expectations before my stay at this one.
~Appearance & Cleanliness~
The Ramada Plaza Hotel in Wrexham opened in January in 2006, so it is fairly new. You can tell it is new from the modern decor and even the bricks outside look spotless and as if they haven't been there very long at all. The hotel looks really good in my opinion, and it is clean, and it is also very clean inside which I think is of high importance. Also the garden at the back looks good and well kept, the grass is cut short and there are table and chairs that look inviting.
At the front of the hotel, in the car park, there was a fountain which I thought added some sophistication to the hotel. The bricks that made up the ground of the car park also looked like thought had gone into the layout and design of them.
There is enough space in the car park for limousines and buses to turn around. There is also more than enough space for cars to park.
The hotel boasts 85 air conditioned beautifully appointed bedrooms including Executive and King Executive rooms which have exclusive use of the Executive Lounge. I stayed in one of the standard rooms, which has everything I would have liked it to have, plus more:
High Speed Internet Access
On Demand In Room Movies
Tea and coffee making facilities
24 hour room service
Two-Line Direct dial phones with voicemail
In room safe
Iron and ironing board
Non smoking rooms
I thought that the bed in my room was remarkably comfortable, which is unusual for a hotel. I really didn't want to get out of bed in the morning because it was so comfy to sleep in! The bedding was spotlessly clean, as you would expect it to be, and the bed was already made when I got in the room so I could just fall into it straight away. Although the bedding wasn't a design I would have personally chosen I won't complain as it did the job fine.
The en suite bathroom was also perfect, and there were fresh clean towels in there ready for me, and shampoo and shower gel - I wouldn't personally buy them myself to use all the time but for one weekend they did the job just fine.I haven't personally stayed in one of the executive rooms or King executive rooms, but I have heard that they are very posh, and here are what you will find inside them (as well as everything you will also find in the standard rooms):
Complimentary Wireless Internet throughout the hotel
Access to Executive Lounge
CD Player in room
Complimentary Internet Access
In Room Jacuzzi
Super King bed
Access to Executive Lounge
CD Player in room
The address for the hotel is:
Ramada Plaza Wrexham
~Getting to the Town Centre~
The hotel is situated about two miles, or maybe a bit less, from Wrexham town centre. You can walk there, although you will have to go along the bypass and the route is quite confusing if you don't know the area well, so I would recommend calling for a taxi or taking the bus (if you are not driving - if you are the route is well sign posted and will only take two minutes. There are two main car parks in Wrexham, both are Pay& Display and on average parking will cost you around £1 per hour). There is a bus stop just outside and to the left of the hotel and the bus will take you directly into Wrexham town centre. There are always lots of taxis driving around this area as well and if you wait in the bus stop and see one going past, if you signal they will stop for you, it is usually less than a fiver to get a taxi from here and into the town centre.
~Getting to the Maelor Hospital~
A main reason people stay at the hotel is for the hospital just down the road. The Maelor Hospital is only a matter of yards away from the hotel. In fact there are buildings associated with the hospital facing directly opposite. It is a quick walk to the hospital which would take about ten minutes at the most. Turn right from outside the hotel and keep walking straight on and you will get there in no time. Alternatively you could call for a taxi from the hotel.
I wouldn't recommend holidaying in Wrexham compared to many of the other places in the UK that you could visit alternatively, but if you are going to visit Wrexham for a holiday then a few places you might be interested in visiting are:
Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre - which is found in Wrexham town centre with its (slightly expensive) own car park. It has high street shops including River Island, Topshop, Debenhams and Next. It also has restaurants including Pizza Express and Frankies and Bennys. And there is a Ten Pin Bowling centre with arcade attractions and an Odeon cinema (see online for listings).
Erddig Hall - I think it is probably Wrexham's most popular attraction, it is basically an old mansion that has lots of gardens, it is perfect for walking or you can go around the house which is made like a museum, you do have to pay for this though whereas walking around the beautiful gardens is free.
The Racecourse - (no actual horse racing here!) you could come to watch Wrexham's pathetic football team lose, again, or if you are lucky they won't be playing and the rugby might be on instead.
And that is about it.
The hotel itself was absolutely brilliant and I have no complaints about it. It was spotlessly clean everywhere both indoors and outdoors, the beds were comfortable and the place looked lovely, the service was excellent and the staff were friendly, there was no noise from people shouting, there was no loud music or partying to be heard from downstairs even though they do host events there. Everything was just really, really great and I would definitely recommend the hotel.