Hilton St Anne's Manor, Bracknell
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It's D-day and it's snowed! Typical welsh weather, although it was just a dusting it was snow! Which makes this adventure so much better to be heading to the sun :) We stop at a 'road chef' for breakfast; full English, it had to be! Last bite of British grub before we go. 'We' consists of dad, mum & Hef (boyfriend & travelling companion!). I have been sneezing all morning which is making me feel tired and not ...
... to each other. The guards' bayonets' (gun with knife attached) knives are now made of plastic as the sharp edge of the original knives kept slicing the guards' head gear which are made from bear skin and some of these hats are over 100 years old. After walking back up the Mall we then made our way to London's Tower Bridge and walked across it. Tower Bridge is mistaken by many tourists as London Bridge, but London Bridge was the first bridge built in London and is quite a ...
... the "massage parlors" with the happy endings were. Being that London has so many people from so many places the police have to deal with so many people protesting so many different things that do not affect the average citizen. There was an ongoing Falun Gong protest in Chinatown. They are protesting their persecution in China by the government and the Chinese in Chinatown give them a lot of problems which in turn causes the Met (London's police ...
... next stop and force our way off of the train. Hailey cut her ankle and has a pretty bruise from this battle. We were flustered since we missed the exit we were supposed to take, so we hauled our 50+ pound luggage of a flight of stairs, a nice man stopped to help Hailey, to figure out where we needed to go. My hands were instantly blistered from the single flight, and throbbing red. I read the signs of where we needed to catch our next train and laughed. ...
... WWI in an attempt to be reunited with him. The story is told with the use of life-size horse puppets-slash-props that take on real life and personality.
Lunch on Thursday gave us the chance to catch up with Aussie friends, Deb and Doug, at a British Pub called Atlas at West Brompton. We went back to the apartment early to roast a rack of lamb for dinner with our wonderful host, giving us a chance to plan our final day in London. We ventured into Waterloo on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton St Anne's Manor, Bracknell Wokingham
Nice Hotel, Food expensive
Hotel was lovely, ex-Stakis. Rooms were decent size and quiet. Staff attentive, good Pool and gym facilities.
Food was over-proced - I would recommend a taxi into Wokingham - plenty of bars and restaurants here!
Not 4* by any stretch of the imagination..
This hotel is not so bad, if you ignore the fact that it is supposed to be a 4* Hilton. It is worth the £100 a night corporate rate, but not the £230 a night advertised standard room rate. Breakfast is priced at a ludicrous £17.50, so bring your own!
The rooms are unmodernised but tidy and clean (except for a stain on the bedcover which I didn't investigate in much detail), showers provide plenty of hot water but are also unmodernised and a bit difficult to direct.
The airconditioning is no longer maintained, so make sure you get a room with a plug-in heater otherwise you'll freeze in the winter months!
Overall, this is not a bad choice if you are staying in the area (Wokingham, Bracknell, Reading) for business, just don't expect 4* quality or service.
I'm cursed with having to spend a lot of time in hotels and so can speak from recent and frequent experience. The St Anns Hilton is situated in beautiful grounds, but the pleasantry just about stops there. The accomodation is run-down and tatty. The standard of cleaniness of the rooms is, how can I put this politely... filthy. (Take a clean tissue from the dispenser in the bathroom and run it around the edges of the floor, sink, tub etc. Yuk! Instead of using duvets that allow the covers to be changed after every guest, they use blankets. Mine looked like it had been recovered after being used for about 100 picnics. Yuk again! The room I had last week had broken air conditioning (and it was a rare hot week in the UK). "Sorry sir, we don't maintain the air conditioning any more and it's only luck of the draw whether you get a room with working AC." And a tiny poxy little window that barely opened. "We can bring you another fan, sir."! With few exceptions, the food is utter trash. Don't even think about the burger, what a disaster. I did have a very nice chicken breast with mashed potatoes, veg and a nice mushroom gravy. However, I was flabbergasted to find that this meal, along with a glass of lowish quality wine cost £27.40 (that's nearly $50 folks!)! Hilton had the nerve to also impose a £2.50 'tray charge' for room service and the poor servers (I feel sorry for them) still expect a tip -- they're being completely stitched-up by the greedy Hilton management policies. Breakfast is supposed to start at 6.30, but the hot/cold buffets were often not ready until 7.00. And expect to find and pour your own coffee because the staff seems to struggle to get into work on time. I'm an Honors member (well, not after this) but Express checkout is a joke because every week for 4 weeks running, the bill was wrong and I had to spend double the time at the desk to sort it out. There are a few jewels among the staff, but overall, they're a surly and unhelpful bunch. You can have all of this for an advertised room rate of £230 (over 400 bucks). You may as well stay in a Holiday Inn Express or a Travel Lodge. Cheaper and cleaner. However, to balance this flame a little, hotels are a real problem in the Thames Valley. Lots of businesses, demand is high and when there's something on at Ascot, Henley, or Farnborough, forget about getting a room. The hotels know this and that's why they can get away with charging stupid prices, with silly surcharges and offering rubbish food, dirty accomodation and haphazard surly service in return.
where do i start,well my husband and i arrived for my best mates wedding reception,on arrival we thought NICE. oh how wrong where we, our room which was on special due to the number of quests the wedding party would provided, was appalling no air con,dirty sheets, the whole room was dirty looking and as for a hot bath or shower, well you need hot water for that ours was luke warm. so i boiled the kettle, YES the kettle in 4* hotel.... we then thought lets get some drinks in the mini bar, the door kept locking each time you closed,so off i went to reception to complain, no applogies just huffing and puffing... ohhh i was so cross. 2 hours later after 3 trips to get my fridge open the wedding party had finished their 3 course dinner, but that was awful, over cooked boil in the bag rubbish. ill say it again this is a 4*hiltn hotel. ive had better in a seaside B+B. any way back to our room. on the door was hanging our request for breakfast in bed, lovely, PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS HANGING OUTSIDE BEFORE 2AM. me being organised had it all ready by 5.30pm hours before they needed it. they never came and got it. so we went down to hotel restautant. cold coffee, cold staff. but i havent finished yet. On our departure the bride and groom where camped at reception, the hotel had over charged all their quests, still the staff just huffed and puffed, and to top it off not even the bride and groom had their wedding breakfast in bed. AWFUL. this company made thousands out of my friends wedding and i feel dissapointed for them.
We have just returned from St. Annes Manor and I can truly say we had a great time. We were using the hotel as a base to go to Lego Land ( Which I have to say is excellent for younger children) its not very far away and quite easy to find which was great when you have two easily bored children.
Stayed there for 1 night a year ago while stranded at Heathrow and will never, ever return. I'll stick it out in the terminal next time. Here's the reasons:
Loved it will never stay anywhere els
I was pleasantly surprised by the surroundings and grounds of the beautifull property.
My check in was frendly and the lady behind the desk made me feel so welcome.
I found the welcome drink very refreshing after a long day traveling.
My room was clean and comfortable and had all the special touches a country hotel could offer.
Food was to die for and the service offered by the friendly and helpfull staff was second to none.
an not wait for my next vist
Down at heel Hilton
This is a rather down-at-heel hotel that relies on uncritical conference parties to fill the rooms. The standard of food is woeful.
Rooms are no more than OK.
Never Fails to Disappoint
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!Stayed here for the weekend with the wife. Room okay but at least 500 yds away from reception and restaurant (whatever happened to porters)Our grimmest experience must have been the restaurant, school dinners or what. No you can't reserve a specific table (customers having what they want-whatever next!) As for breakfast - well, get in the queue. Waiting staff all seem to be 18 year old foreign students with minimal training. Swimming pool full of bloody kids. Was everything okay said the girl at reception when we checked out, in her best I couldn't give a **** if it wasn't voice. Overall they put far too much in the name at this place, its as if they're doing you a favour letting you stay there, never again.
Old2 england my england
Hilton St Annes looks like your average english mid to high end hotel , set in beautiful, picturesque grounds. On closer inspection it's mediocrity becomes more apparent.
1)Rooms are pretty basic. shabby enough in places and really need to be renovated. I find English hotels over-priced for the standard on offer. These rooms merely reaffirmed this notion.
2)Friendliness of staff-or lack of perhaps. Downright rude and snobbish for the majority of my stay. Extremely dissapointing. (one exception was the delightful waitress who brought room service to me one night...unforgetable:o)
3)Location-a good three hour jog to civilsation of any kind. What can I say , you will need a car.