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Historical Traveler Reviews the runnymede-on-thames Egham
Very good indeed
I have stayed at the Runnymede Hotel and Spa twice. First impressions can be a little misleading becuase the lacklustre carpark and hotel exterior betrays a welcoming and well-appointed lobby and interior.
On the first occasion I had a standard room, the second, an executive room - both had views of the river.
The standard room was very satisfactory, if a little on the small side. The decor was modern and tasteful, with generic amenities. The bathroom was compact but prevailing, the key feature being a wonderfully powerful shower.
The executive room was worth the small extra cost...based purely on the extra space. This room shared its generic amenities with the standard room, but provided a wall mounted, flat screen television. Again, the décor was smart yet relaxing, the bed was also larger and more comfortable and the bathroom much more spacious.
The air-con in both rooms, when turned up to its most powerful setting, was a little intrusive. With the windows wide open, aircraft noise could be heard but it was not an issue and became background noise when I was not listening out for it.
All facilities were in excellent working order, clean and current.
The service at the Runnymede Hotel and Spa is very good. All of the staff that I encountered in reception, the bar and room service, were knowledgeable, efficient and accommodating.
I ordered room service during both of my visits, which arrived in a well presented and timely manner. The quality of the food (and cocktails!) was very good.
All in all, a very good value for money accommodation, which works hard for its four star rating.
Not so relaxing....
We stayed at the Runnymede to celebrate my birthday over the weekend of April 8 and looked forward to total relaxation, in reality, it was far from relaxing. The (small) hotel rooms need rennovating badly; vile bathroom, broken taps and stuck in a time warp, however, the view was nice looking over the Thames. Afternoon tea in the conservatory is recomended (get a window table) and the service/food is good (once you get over the language barrier, endemic throughout the hotel). The spa experience was another matter; crowded, towels littering the floors and tables, children running around creating noise with the staff seemingly oblivious of the chaos endured by their poor customers, no treatments available (taken over by a group!) Dinner in the main restaurant very tasty with warm, efficient service but karaoke style singing depressing. Good breakfast experiences on both occasions but avoid peak times.
If you have kids and want noise, noise, noise; this is the place for you as it seems completly lawless for kids - their heaven (and my hell), for those of us without kids, perhaps continue up the M4 and head to Cliveden.......
Modern & efficient
Stayed for weekend mix of business/pleasure. All staff, reception, restaurant very friendly, efficient. The Leftbank restaurant food nice, not great, Friday is jazz night which was fine for us. The room, river view, little on the small side for what is described as an executive room, but was very clean. The bed was wonderful, proper king size with lovely crisp cotton sheets and so comfortable. The main lobby area and conservatory very nice and airy, service from bar very good. I imagine that in the summer when they can open the doors onto the terrace, next to the Thames, would be lovely. One quibble - on the saturday a lot of small children appeared and were allowed to use the conservatory as a playground, with one girl actually roller skating. OK for the kids and parents but for guests who wanted a quiet drink not so good.
Nice place but not worth the money
Stayed in a double room for £155/night which was too much for what was offered.
The location is quite nice, the lounge is comfy and the breakfast was outstanding. Anyway, the room we stayed in could do with a renovation and in my opinion it was nothing which justified the rate for the room.
The Spa itself was great.
stayed for a break after ill health of my husband
complete relaxation spa treatments first class
food and service first rate
Excellent amenities, comfortable rooms, good service
This was a very pleasant, clean and well set out hotel. The hotel and spa staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were very comfortable and the bathrooms were great (modern bathrooms with powerful showers, heated towel rails, etc.).
I came here with friends for a weekend to relax and we found it perfect. We had drinks on the terrace, a nice dinner and made good use of the spa and gym.
We treated ourselves to massages which were fantastic, very relaxing and excellent value. The pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna were all excellent and the changing area was spacious and very well equipped.
My friends and I all joined in with the yoga class, initially just for fun, but found it was actually a really good class with a first-rate instructor.
The gym was far better equipped than most hotels I have stayed in; there was enough space, it was well-maintained and there was plenty of equipment (about 5 decent running machines, plenty of bikes, free weights and resistance machines).
We paid 150 pounds for double/twin rooms on the special weekend rate at the time and this price is about right for this hotel. I would definitely come here again.
I am a regular visitor to this hotel. The staff are friendly and make you feel very welcome. Try and stay in a room on the riverside as the view of the Thames, particularly during the Summertime, is quite lovely when the boats cruise back and forth.
I have always been lucky enough when I get there, to be upgraded to an executive room which is very cosy. The air con could do with being a tad quieter though.
The food is good and room service ( when reqd ) very prompt.
I would highly recommend a weekend break at this hotel as the ambience is very warm and cheerful.
You must try of the spa area whilst you are there.
An ardent fan
Great location by the Thames with easy access to Windsor, Eton and Runnymede. (Airforce memorial 1m away also great for the views). Good spa, pleasant rooms. Unlike previous reviewers found the Leftbank and Charlie's restaurants very good indeed. Efficient service and good quality (if unexciting) food. Good value 3 course set menu in Leftbank.
The best bit though is the Bar/Lounge which has comfy seating, v good waiter service for cocktails and light snacks, seating outside overlooking the weir. It does get busy, not surprisingly so reserve if you're not a resident. Only downsides were the usual pathetic air con (even on a relatively cool day you need it in the rooms) esp as opening the windows lets in the noise of the nearby M25 and planes landing at Heathrow. Not the most peaceful spot but if you get a good deal on the rate (don't pay rack, it isn't worth £200+ per night) worth a visit. (You don't need a riverside room particularly as the public areas have great access).
Relaxing weekend break at this hotel in August 2004
Back from a nice weekend break at this hotel. The location was cool, next to the Thames, with pleasant views and walks along the river. Food was varied and well presented - but a bit overpriced in the Leftbank restaurant, and service was rather slow.
The room was large, clean and well stocked with tea/coffee maker and bathroom toiletries. I'd recommend a room with the river view.
The spa was also good: my relaxing massage was reasonably priced, and the gym and pool areas were clean and well stocked with towels/water etc.
I'd return to this hotel.
Great spa facilities
Runnymede is a modern hotel with excellent spa and fitness facilities.
Went on my own on a late deal to 'get away from it all' and to relax and got exactly what I needed. Spent most of the afternoon enjoying the pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and reading in the quiet lounger area. Then did an aerobics class in the dance studio. In the evening I ate in the less formal of the 2 restaurants where there was a great range of tasty, reasonably priced dishes. Breakfast in the riverside restaurant was also excellent. I couldn't fault my room (I was given a free upgrade to an executive single which really was lovely) or any of the surrounding communal areas. Get a riverside view if you can. The other side looks out onto the car park and dual carriageway/roundabout!
Runnymede is quite expensive but well worth it for a treat.
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