When QHotels offered me the chance to stay in one of their family friendly hotels, I jumped at the chance. We were invited to spend the night at the 4 star Chesford Grange in Warwickshire for a family friendly relaxing break over Bank Holiday Monday. Warwickshire is only about an hours drive from home so it was perfect for a short break away with two of my favourite people.
The outside of the hotel looked grand with a mix of old and new exterior. The entrance to the hotel is welcoming and at Reception we were greeted by helpful and friendly staff. As we had arrived a little earlier than expected, our room wasn’t ready. We took advantage of the lounge bar where hubby sat watching the football whilst treating ourselves to our first bank holiday drink. In the lounge were a couple of families having something to eat and a couple of guests in bathrobes who were enjoying the hotels spa facilities, this made me feel quite comfortable knowing that we could walk around the hotel in quite laid back attire in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
We were allocated a room on the third floor and we were pleasantly surprised when we opened the door. I always love to look at photographs and reviews of hotels that we stay in and none of the photos I had seen really did the hotel justice. Our room was spacious with an enormous bed. Little Mr loved having all that space to starfish on. We had requested a travel cot and this had been put up for us ahead of our stay. We had all the amenities that we needed including a fridge for Little Mr’s bottles, a kettle with a healthy supply of coffee and tea making facilities (oh, and dunkable biscuits), a safe, hairdryer and trouser press. The bathroom was clean with a huge bath and heated towel rail.
Food and Drink
We were treated to a 3 course evening meal in the River Room restaurant. We were seated towards the rear of the room and I personally felt like we were seated away from other hotel guests without children. I’m not sure if this was deliberate or not as the restaurant was quite quiet but we were seated with other families with children. Perhaps this is hotel policy, I’m not so sure.
The menu was varied and catered for most tastes. I chose a starter I wouldn’t normally of had due to the selection on the menu but hubby chose soup of the day which was quite nice. For mains, I felt the menu was lacking a ‘posh’ chicken dish; the chicken meal on the menu was a chicken, bacon and leek pie with chips. Personally I felt this was more Gastro Pub rather than 4 star hotel. Hubby chose the duck and noodles dish which he really enjoyed. For dessert, we both chose the cookies and cream sundae which again was more pub like than hotel restaurant. Overall, it was a decent meal but we would of liked a better choice on the menu.
Children appear to be well catered for within the hotel. We were offered a high chair and a menu for Little Mr which we declined due to his age. Their Quackers menu featured foods ideal for youngsters and children are given a plastic beaker which allows them unlimited squash throughout their stay. Little Mr was obviously too young for this but it looked good as far as we could see.
Breakfast at Chesford Grange was brilliant. It was buffet style so you could help yourself to as much or as little as you liked. There was a lovely selection of breads and pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurts as well as a full selection of cooked breakfast items. Tea and coffee was plentiful as well as a good variety of juices.
Having looked at the website before our visit, we found out that our hotel had a swimming pool, spa and leisure facilities. We had wanted to take Little Mr swimming for the first time so made sure we packed our swimming gear. We found the pool quite cool in temperature and so we could only use it with Little Mr for about 20 minutes but there were quite a few other families enjoying the pool. Having only used the swimming pool, we cannot comment on the spa facilities however the heated seats as featured in the spa pictures on the website are quite deceiving being surrounded by plastic loungers and in full view of others (including children) using the pool.
We didn’t use the changing rooms by the pool, we walked down from our room in our swimming gear and robes and no-one batted an eyelid. If you’re using the hotel as a guest, you probably want to enjoy your own shower in your room rather than waiting for a shower cubicle to become free in the changing room. As long as you are dry, you’re free to roam the hotel. We took Little Mr back up to the room and dunked him in a warm bubble bath.
Throughout our stay we found the staff pleasant and helpful. We had run out of tea and coffee supplies late in the evening so we phoned down to request more and within a few minutes, we had a huge tray of supplies to use.
We really enjoyed our stay at Chesford Grange and would definitely look at QHotels in the future for an ideal place to stay on a short break or family holiday. The bed was very comfy (we all slept well) the shower/bath was lovely and hot and we were able to enjoy some precious firsts with Little Mr. Thank you QHotels, our first hotel stay as a family was enjoyable and we look forward to many, many more.
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at Chesford Grange for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own.