Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons by Orient-Express
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So it's really back down to earth now. In the literal sense coming down beneath the cloud layer into Heathrow. And now sitting in the grey underpass that is Terminal Five’s bus station. I’ve been looking at a bin and the back end of a bus for the past ten minutes. The bus has just pulled off with a roar and a chug. Now it’s me, the bin, and my reflection in the window.
The trip has started. All baggage is checked in and heading for the gate. Lots of discussion about trail riding and gear. And its def sounding good; at least from the airport ! However, we could be streamlining some of the gear e.g. 5 different pairs of bike shorts we have bought between us. Also we have both ...
... in fact the very same plane but just with a different crew. Basically they just wanted us to walk around in a big circle just so they could sweep the floor That flight was much quicker and uneventful until awe were approaching landing and found out that Hostess That Didn't Smile had given us the wrong get-off-London cards so that was a bit funny. We were picked up at the airport by Lily, a lovely friend of David and Jo who fed us the biggest Devonshire Tea ...
... journey. Even though I would see them the next day, I am not good at goodbyes! We had a long wait ....... We were not leaving for eight and a half hours! We were in an airport that does not encourage lingering. With very few benches, one Starbucks and a Farmacia we found a seat and in front of us, there it was, the Info Board; there was an earlier flight at 8:00, could we possibly get on it? That would mean waiting until only 6:00 to check ...
... the flight, but definitely underestimated the 12 hour stop in LHR. I don't sleep in planes so I landed quite sleep deprived and with a dead leg. Got herded from one end of the airport to the other, an it was at this point I realise that if I want sleep, I need a transit hotel. The Flight Attendant on the Qantas leg suggested a place called Yotel...T4 in LHR I believe. Check it out- a couple of them were raving about it, it looked cheap ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons by Orient-Express Great Milton
Diasapponting food but lovely room
We recently stayed for one night at the Manoir and were delighted with the superior room we stayed in but found the food a little disappointing. The room was well up to our expectations and the bathroom was especially lovely.
Dinner in the evening was uninspiring and breakfast the following morning was poor. We expected excellent croissant, pain-au-chocolat and pain-au-raisin in a hotel with such provenance. The English breakfast was rather dull.
Having just returned from a one night break at Le Manoir, my opinion is that it is the best hotel and restaurant I have ever experienced. The service was impeccable. From the moment of arrival at Le Manoir guests are made to feel very special: greeted and welcomed by name on entry into the public areas, a private tour of the building given before being shown to your room, bags collected from cars etc.
We recently stayed in the Opium suite which is one of the superior suites at Le Manoir - it was a wonderful oriental themed suite that started with the entrance hall which led onto a very impressive sitting room (with a real fire) then onto the dressing room, bedroom (you could hardly see the bed for all the cushions) and then the massive marble bathroom. There was also a walled garden complete with our own pond and budda. The hotel gardens were very impressive too.
A wonderful treat - well worth the (huge!) expense
On any scale of 1 - 5, this merits at least a 7. Le Manoir quite lives up to its stunning reputation - fantastic service creating a suprisingly relaxed atmosphere. A beautiful room (we had the stunning Dovecot suite), gorgeous grounds. Oh, and the food, of course: literally as good as it comes. Sheer perfection - a real lesson in the craft of managing a world-class hotel.
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking how can any hotel be worth the rates they charge. I would have agreed with you, before I stayed there last night. The rates are very high and most people could not even begin to think about going there. Obscenely expensive hotels really annoy me.
I was treated to a stay at Le Manoir by my children as a special birthday present and I have to say that we have never stayed in such a wonderful hotel before. From the moment we arrived all the staff seemed to know who we were and that we were celebrating my birthday.
There was champagne waiting for us in our beautiful room with its own private gardens. I'm a keen gardenere and loved strolling the lovely gardens, a mix of Provence and the Cotswolds!
Dinner was a very special and very indulgent - but a very special night for us both. Highly recommend it!
We spent a week this past April at Le Manoir and I can't say we were disappointed, but know we could have done as good for much less money.
I have just returned from a one-night mid-week stay at Le Manoir and cannot praise this hotel highly enough! My husband and I expected nothing short of excellence with regard to the food and accommodation and this was certainly delivered! Our room was traditional in decor and immensely comfortable and the long hot soak in the roll top bath while sipping a glass of fine Madeira was just sublime! For dinner we opted for the 7 course menu gormand which was truly wonderful. There's an extensive wine list that offers many half bottle options - helpful if there's just 2 of you and you fancy a white and then a red with your meal. What really blew me away about this hotel was the exceptional level of customer service that is sadly lacking in so many British hotels and restaurants. Every member of staff that we came into contact with was extremely helpful and attentive without being overbearing. A stay at Le Manoir is not cheap but I left feeling totally pampered - I'm already saving up for the next time!
This place is absolutely wonderful! My wife and I have just returned after spending the weekend here for our friends wedding. From the minute you arrive, you were warmly welcomed; the service was excellent without being overpowering, intrusive or intimidating. I found that the staff could not do enough for you and you never had to find anyone if you needed them, they were always readily available. The rooms were lovely; my wife could not get enough of the wonderful bath or the Molton Brown toiletries. When we were shown to our room, there was a card personally welcoming us, wonderful music playing on the personnel Denon music centre, all of these and much more were great touches which added to the magical weekend. The following morning after a great breakfast, (the food is out of this world) we walked round all the gardens, which are kept as fine as the hotel itself. Probably one of the best places we have stayed. We will be returning!