“ Centre Park / Warrington / Cheshire / WA1 1QA. „
I visited this hotel for a spa break with my bridesmaid, shortly before I got married. I wasn't planning on having an official hen do, but instead had some nice days out with select groups of friends. We booked this via spabreaks.com, and we got a package which included dinner, bed and breakfast, along with spa access and two treatments for around £100 each.
The hotel itself was easy to find, although it is a little out of the way from Warrington town centre, so anyone planning to venture out at night would need to think about taxis or find somewhere closer to the centre. This is actually located on a business park, but the advantage of this is that it's easy to find and there is plenty of free parking.
Checking in took a little while, as there was a queue at reception and not enough staff. Reception was very busy and there seemed to be lots of people hanging around. We couldn't actually check into our room until the afternoon, so they offered to store our bags for us so we could use the spa.
The spa wasn't the most relaxing of experiences. The pool area seemed full of noisy children, and there weren't enough loungers for us to be able to sit by the pool. This was a shame as we couldn't get in the pool because it was too crowded to swim. There were steam rooms and a Jacuzzi which we used, but eventually we decided it wasn't very relaxing due to the number of people, and we headed upstairs to the pub area instead.
We weren't provided with bathrobes or slippers, which we were supposed to have, because they had "run out". Later on, when we were waiting for our treatments, we heard a couple of girls complaining and getting a free gift set, which made us annoyed because we'd just got without! Although it's not a massive deal, it's annoying when things aren't as they should be when you've paid for a package and not everything is included.
When we returned later to have our treatments, I was slightly disappointed. The staff seemed stressed and were openly bickering in front of us. This meant I couldn't quite relax during my treatments (a manicure and hot stone massage). The manicure was in a room which people could walk through, which didn't bother me but the way the tables were set up meant that my friend and I were sat behind each other like we were on a bus. Then when it came to the massage, I could hear the staff making lots of noise outside the room where I was supposed to be trying to relax!
The pub area was nice, it didn't really feel like a hotel bar but a proper pub and was quite traditional in style with a lovely fireplace and some private booths. We had a baked potato for lunch, and a little glass of wine with soda, and enjoyed some chill out time before our treatments. We returned to the pub later in the evening after our meal, and although the drinks weren't cheap, it was a great night because it felt like we were having a night out without having to leave the hotel.
Included in our package was a three course meal at the restaurant, chosen from a set menu. This was really nice, the restaurant had a nice atmosphere although the service left a lot to be desired. We had several different members of staff coming to check on us throughout the meal, yet we had to ask about four times for some water to be brought over.
The food itself was good, I had a mushroom starter, burger and chips for my main, and a cheesecake for dessert. Burger and chips sounds a bit like pub food but it was really nice and was served on a wooden chopping board type thing, with big chunky chips. The food was good, well above pub standards.
The breakfast was served in the same room the following morning, and it was a help yourself cooked breakfast or continental if you preferred. We weren't sure what was happening the following morning to be honest, as we were slightly hungover and nobody told us it was a buffet breakfast. We were seated out of view of the buffet, so we had to go hunting for it!
The room was very modern, with bright colours. There were two single beds in the room, along with the usual tea/coffee facilities, desk space, wardrobes and bedside tables. The TV was a decent size and we watched this when we were in the room getting ready to go downstairs for our meal. There was plenty of space for the two of us getting ready for our "night out", without getting in each other's way. The bathroom was clean and modern, with a good powerful shower and anti-mist mirrors which was useful.
My friend and I had a great time at this hotel, but this is only because we are the kind of people who see the best in everything. If we were the kind of people to complain, we would have made a fuss about a few things which I thought were quite poor to be honest. We had fun, but I wouldn't recommend this hotel unless it was a very cheap rate.
(This review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
The village hotel & leisure club in warrington is part of the Village hotels chain. The Warrington hotel is one of the "Prem" hotels within the brand and has jsut undergone a massive 5 million pound refurbishment to all areas.
Brand new bedrooms with plasma TVs, iPod docking stations and other quirky little accessories are part of this refurbishment aswell as a brand new conference academy with new meeting rooms and a large cafe for the exclusive use of conference delegates.
There is a large leisure club which is open to both the public and hotel residents which has a pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and fitness suites typical of those you would expect in a stand alone health club. The leisure club even has a cafe located just by it serving a selection of panninis, salads and hot/cold drinks.
The hotels bar "Victory Pub & Kitchen" often gets very busy particularly when there are football matches or boxing fights shown.
The "Verve Grill" is the hotel's restaurant and it serves a wide variety of different menu options to suit every taste, I think that the italian style flatbreads make a lovely starter to share and their hot rock grill selection which includes Steak, Salmon, Tuna and Ostrich is a quirky idea for a main course. Served on a volcanic rock that is heated to around 400 degrees the staff are keen to tell you of it's dangers but trust me the meat cooked on the rock tastes so much better than it would if you were to have the same meal with the meat grilled. All in all the experience we had in the restaurant was brilliant with a great range of home cooked food made from fresh ingredients served in a modern environment.
Most weekends there are tribute nights on in the hotel's "Inspiration Suite". These are brilliant and range from the likes of ABBA to Amy Winehouse, so there really is something for every taste. Your ticket to the tribute night includes a 3 course meal which is served to the table by friendly staff, a disco after the tribute act and a late bar until 1am... an absolute steal for £26.50 each!!!
The hotel also has a lovely health and beauty spa which provides a great range of different treatments to suit everybody from waxing to manicures and massages to spray tans.
All in all this hotel seems to be very busy and provides a lot of different services for both residents and the general public! A definate recommendation.
The Village Hotel & Leisure Club Warrington is situated just off the M56, making it the perfect location to visit 3 major shopping centres, Delamere Forest or North Wales and it's coastline.