Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
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Ok but watch your personal effects don't get stolen
Rowhill Grange is a first class establishment where you really feel looked after. Every detail is considered from the moment you enter the door. The superior rooms are spacious and decadent, Truffels restaurant has an excellent menu and staff and the Spa and treatment portfolio are outstanding.
One caveat is the light fingered staff. I stayed there a few years ago and a cheque was stolen from my bag by the porter. Luckily the fool deposited £1300 (the price of second hand ford escort apparently) into his own account so the police were able to convict relatively easily. Unfortunately my most recent stay resulted in the loss of my mobile phone.
I went to Rowhill Grange with my mum on a one night spa escape. I had paid (by my standards) a lot of money for the break and am pleased to say that the hotel and spa did not disappoint.
Myself and 3 other girlfriends booked a spa weekend at Rowhill. On arrival we were informed our rooms had been cancelled the day before by ourselves which of course was not true. After 30 mins they found us rooms. In the evening we had booked a table for 4 at 8pm in the Truffles Restaurant - our main meal did not arrive till 10pm (a 2 hour wait) in the mean time we had all eaten a loaf of bread because we were all starving. The following day we ordered breakfast to which we had to wait an hour and the same wait was for lunch. I also had a 25 mins facial booked and the minute I was in the room I got the hard sell and I also didn't even get a face mask. Considering I paid £36 for a 25 mins facial I could have done it better myself!
Me and my girlfriend stayed here on a Friday for one night to celebrate being together for one year. We booked a room only package through Expedia which worked out considerably cheaper than booking direct with the hotel.
I had always wanted to go to a spa hotel, so my first anniversary with my other half sounded like a perfect opportunity! Rowhill Grange is equally as stunning in reality as in the photographs on the website.
I really wanted something special and relaxing for my husband's birthday, so I looked on the internet to see,what was available. My attention was drawn to this hotel,described as one of the 'top 50 hotels&spas in the world with an award winning restaurant'.
Good, but not great
Stayed as part of a spa package, the spa was not what we were lead to believe it would be from the promotion info and there was limited seating in the spa area. Treatments were great, the massage was particularly good.
We found that the aerobics classes were all fully booked and no-one mentioned we would need to prebook these on booking or on arrival otherwise we have done so.
The highlight was the food in the restaurant, which was excellent.
I have stayed at Rowhill Grange twice now and had various spa days at the hotel. It's a lovely hotel set in beautiful grounds. The standard rooms are just as luxurious as the suites. Everything is clean, bathrooms well equipped with nice toiletries and fluffy towels. The Spa is small but truly relaxing, the therapists professional. The Guinot facials come highly recommended.
Quiet and pleasant, but...
The reality of Rowhill Grange is not quite as posh as its web site suggests. While on a trip in November 2004 I was given a quiet, comfortable and distinctively decorated room at the back of the hotel after a long flight into Heathrow and a drive to Kent, but there were quirks in the room: a tendency to overheat that only opening the window could modify, and a dimly lit bathroom. A very small lounge, and small common rooms, don't encourage one to leave one's room, unless it's to leave the hotel entirely -- and the spa was thronged with local residents. But the highlight of the establishment is the restaurant, which is subdued, tasteful, very comfortable, inventive with its menu, and blessed with impeccable service.
The real thing is not as impressive as the pictures would suggest. My husband and I stayed for two nights mid week for an anniversary celebration and also to re-energise. We booked a "Luxury Room" via another site which equated to what Rowhill call a "Deluxe Room". On arrival we were shown to the Dover Suite - the room although dark was of a good standard, unfortunately it stank of smoke even though it was non-smoking. We were then given the option of the Leeds Suite, which was also well furnished but was overlooked at ground level and had no blinds/nets for privacy. Finally we were taken to the Rose Suite situated in the eaves of the old house. We immediately noticed the stale smell of food/ washing up from the kitchens which lingered up the stairs. The suite itself although of a decent size was very tired and not to a similar standard. The bathroom had pealing wall paper and poor tiling, mouldy rubber bath mat and missing towels and robes. The mattress sagged badly and the flowers in the room had died and were wilting. Our final room on the second day, the Crocus Suite, was of a better standard, but smaller. We noticed again a mouldy bath mat and only enough robes/ towels for one. The main bugbear of this room was the unmistakable hum both from the units in the grounds outside our room and the noise from the extractor fan which didn't switch off. By no stretch of the imagination was this a relaxing and quiet room.