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... sure I'll find a way to slip it into polite conversation.
What I've mainly got out of this trip has been more of a cultural experience. I think I've spent too long in Sweden to truly be culturally English (if such a thing exists, which I very much doubt considering what a motley lot we are) ever again. This I suppose is inevitable, as I've never done the ex-pat thing and all of my friends and acquaintances are Swedish. I've also ...
... around Meadowhall - again. After my fairly unsuccessful outing on Friday, I decide to give it another try. I hate shopping at the best of times, and late-night shopping until 11 pm a couple of weeks before Christmas is not my idea of fun. The only bright spot of the entire evening is a brass band (maybe a former colliery band?) playing Christmas carols. Don't even like Christmas but they still manage to bring a lump to my throat.
... but closed, the department itself having been relocated elsewhere. This will prove to be a recurring theme as we explore our old stomping grounds.
The next day (Sunday), we take the bus out to Sharrow Vale Road, where I lived in my second year. I remember it as quite a bohemian area, and it doesn't disappoint. Still seems pretty down to earth but with even more quirky shops and eateries. And my old terraced house looks ...
... was spent late-night shopping at Meadowhall - well, mostly in Primark if I'm honest. The place was packed, presumably because it's the run-up to Christmas and everything is open until 10 pm. Managed to find an Only Fools and Horses T-shirt in the men's department, which is a welcome addition to my wardrobe and almost guaranteed to be unique in Sweden. As for the weekend, I'll be catching up with an old friend from uni, so it's going to be nostalgia overload, I ...
... I went and said hello to her outside and I started crying and she started crying and she said it was the first time she had that day! We had so much fun at the reception. They played proud Mary and the Cha Cha slide. Their wedding song was New York and they played it at the end for the final song and then the do announced that the bride had a request and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hart's Hotel Nottingham
This is a great hotel. It is located in a very quiet area near to Nottingham castle which is just a short walk from the central area of the city. The hotel overlooks The Park which is a private estate and Nottingham's most well known and prestigious address.
It is true that the rooms are somewhat compact. However, the layout of the rooms has been thought through carefully to make use of all available space. The rooms are also very tastefully decorated. The bathroom is quite spacious with a large bath. I also liked the sliding door to the bathroom - which, again, is a very efficient use of space.
In the room there was fresh coffee and a cafetiere, and an excellent Bose radio/CD player.
If you want to have a workout the hotel has arranged for guests to use the facilities of David Lloyd leisure club.
Adjacent to the hotel is the highly acclaimed Harts restaurant and I strongly recommend eating dinner here. It will be one of the highlights of your trip to Nottingham.
I'd stay at this hotel at any time of the year, but there are more reasons to stay here than elsewhere in the summer. You'll enjoy the hotel garden in the evening and the fact that you can sleep with your bedroom window open with no noise from traffic or bars outside.
We'd be back in a heartbeat
So ok, the hotel is a little tricky to find at first but the discrete location provides this contemporary and stylish hotel with it's unique selling point. You're only 3 or 4 minutes walk from bars, restaurants and shops, but in your room it all seems a million miles away, high up on a hillside, overlooking the leafy avenues below.
Our room was, I guess, on the smaller side by international standards, but cosy and well designed. You definitely don't need any more space for a night or 2. The room (a standard king) had a gorgeous Bose CD system, a huge TV, a well priced mini-bar & a cafetiere with fresh milk. The bathroom was clean & ultra modern. Why earlier reviewers would mention that "the kettle wont fit under the taps" (...it would if you angled it!!), "the minibar wont close with the cupboard door open" (...so ring house-keeping to send someone to close the cupboard door for you!?!) and that "there is only a single chair to sit in to watch the television from" (go on, be naughty, watch telly in bed!!), I just don't know.
Nottingham was full of decent shopping (especially Clumber St / Bridlesmith Gate) and eateries, but in the evening we ate at Harts Restaurant. It's nicely located, just away from the hotel, so it feels slightly more exclusive than you average hotel place. The food was wonderful.
All in all, an enjoyable 24 hours in Nottingham, if we return to the city, we'll stay at Harts again.
A most excellent time...
My husband and I have stayed at Harts twice now and cannot recommend it highly enough. The first stay we had a suite with the most wonderfuk view over Nottingham. The rooms were brilliantly appointed with everything you could need with the most beautiful bathrooms with the largest bathtub I have ever had the pleasure of wallowing in!
The minibar stocked a great range of goodies and fresh milk (brilliant idea, as I hate those naff little UHT things you normally get in hotels). We did not sample the delights of the restaurant as we were there for another function in Nottingham, but the hotel could not better placed for getting into the heart of Nottingham on foot in only a couple of minutes. We found it easy to find with the direction from the General Manager.
Breakfast in the bar was great and the staff in the hotel were attentive and helpful and very friendly.
Our second stay was in a standard room which was great too and still had all the same attention to detail as the suite and still had that amazing bath!
We are going back very soon and will definitely try the restaurant as we have heard it is great... it is situated a couple of seconds away across the road and looks lovely... can't wait.
Have also stayed at Hambleton Hall, Rutland which is also owned by the same person.... fantastic country house hotel (which is why we went to Harts to try it out too).
The Sheriff would love this place
This is a great find, a small modern hotel with all the advantages of up to date technology, but with those oh so important old fashioned customer and service values.
The rooms are on the small side but beautifully equipped and furnished, superb bathrooms, great views over Nottingham.
Excellent food in Harts Restaurant next door.
Just a very special place
Booked a suite for the night in this new hotel. I love staying in new build hotels and generally am always impressed by the design of them... until now.
Hotel was very hard to find, instructions given by the reservationist were not easy to follow. This place really is in the middle of nowhere.
We checked in, reception staff friendly (only staff who were). Was a very quick check in and things seemed to be off to a good start.
Upon checking into the room we were very suprised at the size of the room, 'bijou' is the best way to refer to it. The room was so small, im suprised they are able to call it a suite. They obviously believe that having two shoe box bathrooms they are able to give it this title.
I am not just saying this for effect, but on the odd occassions I have only been able to book into a holiday inn or a travel lodge on business trips I have found their rooms have always been much larger than this. I was hugely dissapointed. I dread to think how small the rooms are below the suite.
The mini bar was full of fantastic items, including out of date milk, you would have thought they would have noticed this, it can't take them 5minutes to service a room of this size.
Having paid so much for the room it was a shame to feel as though I had to get out of the room to be able to stretch my legs. Walking around outside the hotel its amazing to find the restaurant is not connected to the hotel, lovely when its pouring it down with rain... very well thought of. Probably wouldn't be so bad, but when asking a member of staff for an umbrella I was just greated with a puzzled look. (Helpful).
In short a very unhappy experience. Not somewhere I shall book for a romantic night away, or even for business when you come to it. Ive stayed at much better hotels in the city (Holiday Inn for one), and shall be choosing to stay with those again.
No smoking hotel more or less! Lovely but poky, great grub.
It was only when we had checked into the room that I noticed a sign on the bedside table asking me not to smoke. This should perhaps be pointed out at reception. As I wasn't paying i couldn't comment on the cost of the room/food. Reviews were right about it being difficult to find, even with detailed directions we took a couple of goes to find it. Room was indeed small and i understand we had a superior room. Chic but badly designed/thought through. The kettle wont fit under the taps of the hand basin, the minibar wont close with the cupboard door open, there is a single dining chair (in a double room!) to sit in to watch the television as it is difficult to see it from the bed. Apart from those faults -the linen was top quality - the view was fab, the room was also very quiet - we had room 1 which had a table and chair outside on the patio. Great views of Nottingham and a different type of location to boot. Not your regular hotel. Fawning staff (which is how I like them!) for whom nothing was too much. LOVED the cafetiere of coffee and also the fresh milk in the fridge - nice touch! Could possibly return but might try others in the area out of curiosity.
Not good value for money, in our opinion
We paid £130 (room only) for a tiny room on a cold and wet winter's night. Apparently, this was £18 more than the standard rooms - to avoid a view of the car park, I think - but it was so pokey that we had to shuffle down the side of the bed and the bathroom even had a sliding door to save space. When we booked, nobody made mention of the fact that the restaurant is across the road - so we got soaked going for dinner and coming back. We checked out early and opted instead to stay nearer to the city centre, somewhere a bit more friendly.
Save your money
I stayed at the Harts Hotel Nottingham for 1 night on 30th November. Cost was £115 plus VAT plus £5 parking. If you have not stayed here before, invest in Satelite navigation as it is the pits to find. Once you are in Nottingham Centre, you just cannot find it. No-one except for a taxi driver knew where it was and I had to pay him just to follow him to the hotel. The hotel receptionist even had trouble directing me from 1/2 a mile away. The standard room, although clean and modern,was tiny. And I mean tiny. There was no plasma screen as advertised and the place was quite noisy. Doors seemed to be opening and closing all night. All in all, there was absolutely NO atmosphere and the place just seemed to give a very cold and unpersonal feel. I would not stay here again as apart from a stylish bathroom I could have got all I needed from a travel lodge and saved £70.
Friendly, Comfortable & Elegant Minimalism
I've just stayed at Harts for four nights. The hotel is perfectly located atop a hill overlooking the city, yet a five minute walk from the city center and an even shorter stroll to the castle grounds. Its decor is streamlined, earthy minimalism. The rooms are understated; elegance is found in the details: a firm bed with plush bedding, an excellent sound system, fresh coffee and milk, a great shower & big, soft bath towels, etc. Its most excellent staff is superb: very friendly and solicitous, but completely respectful of one's privacy. I cannot praise them enough. The food in both the bar and in the more exclusive restaurant is so very fine. Do make a reservation for the latter when you reserve your room, as it is a popular destination.
A Chic Hotel and Excellent Restaurant
The cold April weather was the only thing that spoilt my one-night stay at Hart's. The hotel is tucked away from the city centre noise and crowds and yet only a 5-minute walk away from Nottingham's night life and extensive shopping temptations! The decor is chic and unfussy but has everything you need from a hotel room. I thought the minibar and in-room nibbles were particularly generous. Go for a garden room and take advantage of the great views from the neatly kept garden just a step outside your room. It's so peaceful you forget you're in the city!
The hotel's bar and restaurant were buzzing with customers the night I was there and I can appreciate why. The meal I had was excellent - it was very difficult to pick from the menu as everything sounded so good.
The wine list was interesting too. It's a relaxed, stylish place with no pretensions. The only minor criticism from me is that the service in the bar in the evening and at breakfast could have been slicker and drinks presented with a little more care and finesse. However, this has not effected my overall impression of Hart's and I hope it's not too long before I return.