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... me a pitying glance and showed me directly to my room. This morning, I made my way to the city centre and I have to admit, it was all a blank. I haven't actually recognised anything here yet apart from the Arts Tower, which even I can't forget (guess the trauma of the paternoster lift runs deep). Even the station has changed completely. I'm now wondering how much of Sheffield I actually saw when I was here for three years. Not much apart from the inside of a wide ...
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Good Enough But Not Spectacular
Can't say that the location of this hotel is great, being neither city or country, but the hotel itself is fine. The staff are pleasant and helpful, the food and facitlities are good. The rooms are fine but beware any minibar users - there isn't one.
Now the downside. This is a new build hotel less than a year old. That being so I would have thought that modern building methods could have done a LOT better on the soundproofing. Not only did I hear next doors alarm call but I heard him answer it too! They haven't lasndscaped the grounds. I suspect they intend to let time sort out the grounds. It that is so it is going to be a VERY long time before there is going to be anything that can be decribed as a garden.
This is a non smoking hotel. The only place that smoking is allowed is in the courtyard which has seats and patio heaters but no cover, I could see, should it rain.
Get the suite!!
i booked this hotel as a treat for my boyfriends birthday, directly with the hotel itself. i booked the 'romantic' package, which was £199 for bed and breakfast in the suite. which was GORGEOUS!! included was also a bottle of champagne, roses, and chocolates. now my fella wouldn't really have appreciated the roses, so i contacted the manager directly and got them swopped for a bottle of house wine.
the bathroom has an lcd tv in it!! so does the bedroom and the living room.
the fridge wasnt' fully stocked, as i thought it would be, and there weren't loads of extra posh toilitires, both which it says there are on the hotel website, also the setee in the living room is really uncomfy. however the gorgeous comfy bed, pillows, duvet and general luxurious feeling of staying in a suite made up for it!
it was definately worth the money. we got breakfast in bed included, which sounds amazing, its actually included though if you book a normal bed and breakfast package, but you have to pay £5 extra to have full english, but coz we'd already booked the romance package we didn't have to pay any extra
also, we got a late check out at 3pm, which was lovely, also you get full use of the gym and spa facilities etc.
the only thing i can really say that is negative is that it is very like a 'conference' type hotel - dosn't look very romantic/cosy from the outside or inside, but our suite was fab.
oh yes - and the 'box of chocolates' was actually a taster box of 4 - i had been thinking of a big box of thorntons continental after the gorgeous champagne and wine that they gave us!!
we had afternoon tea, it cost £9 for both of us, and you've never seen so much food in your life, we didn't want any tea afterwards!! (although we still had some!)
eat in the oaks brasserie - the food is much more reasonable, and you can see sample menus on the website.
you must try it - book the suite as a lovely suprise for your significant other!!
Myself and my fiance stayed here on a two night complimentary weekend break on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis.
The hotel itself is located about 4 miles from Nottingham Centre and very near the Nottingham Ikea.
The hotel is decorated to an extremely high standard with lovely contemporary furnishings. We stayed in a standard room which was absolutely huge! The only downsides to the room was the bed was very uncomfortable and there was no air conditioning so even in September the rooms were really hot and so we didn't sleep very well. Also you can only open the windows about two inches or so. I would have thought air conditioning was put in four star hotels as a matter of course these days but obviously not. Other than that the room was lovely and a lot better than we were expecting with a huge bathroom (separate shower) and lovely big fluffy towels.
We dined in the Lawrence restaurant the first night (although this has a no jeans policy we were told that smart jeans were acceptable). The food in the Lawrence was to a reasonable standard but slightly overpriced in my opinion.
The second night we dined in the Oaks Brasserie. I thought the food was really bland in here. For instance we ordered Lamb kofta for a starter and it came on it's own with salad (no yoghurt mint dip). It was rather like eating a cream cracker without butter. I ordered a homemade beefburger for main course and it was very dry. I really wouldn't recommend the food in here, it was much better in The Lawrence.
If it wasn't for the fact we'd won a competition and the evening meals were free then we would probably have gone into Nottingham town centre and dined there rather than the hotel.
The hotel itself all in all was very good though but would have definitely benefited from air conditioning.
A thoroughly enjoyable stay
Stayed here Saturday and Sunday night of the August Bank holiday weekend. We booked from the late availibility options on Marston Hotels own website and paid £65 per room ( two of us in the room) per night. For two nights bed and breakfast for two total paid was £130 which was an absolute bargain.
The hotel was beautiful, very modern, bright and airy. The leisure facilities were good, we can thoroughly recommend the pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi.
The breakfast was well presented and nicely cooked and worked on a help yourself basis. There was both hot and cold choices and the selection offered on both mornings was vast.
We ate in the brasserie both nights and enjoyed both meals. At around £50 for two starters, two mains, a dessert and a bottle of wine we certainly didn't feel cheated.
Our room was great, comfy bed, spacious (it was on a corner) and contemporary, and like a previous reviewer we enjoyed lying on the bed watching the plasma tv on the wall in front of us. The bathroom was quite large and spotless with fluffy big white bath towels
A previous review for 15th June refers to this hotel as an overpriced motel. No way, with the Nottingham Belfry you get what it says on the packet, 4 star all the way.
We had a lovely weekend in a lovely hotel and would go back without hesitation, well done Marston Hotels.
Good Weekend Value
Stayed for 2 nights over the bank holiday weekend to visit relatives in Nottingham.
Useful location ,impressive decor, good room size with plenty of lighting to read by which is unusual in hotels.
Everything clean and in good condition.
Breakfast choice very good.
Poor ventilation - window opening restricted for security.
Expensive food and drink.
At the laterooms weekend rates of £55 per room inc breakfast excellent value ( if you dont eat in)
Good business hotel
Stayed over a weekend for a meeting. Good businsess hotel with everything you need including friendly efficient staff. Only downside was the rooms were too hot with no air conditioning. The small window only opens a little so there was very little scope for ventilation which did not help.
An overpriced motel
Thought this was pretty awful. The hotel has absolutely no soul or character, was very overpriced and the food was fairly poor - especially for the price. I wouldn't go back again if you paid me!
The staff are pleasant though.
New hotel, will stay again
Very new modern design hotel next to a new business park. Food and breakfast was good. Gym and swimming pool were also very nice and well equiped. It's closer to motorway than nottingham. The only fault was the bed, it is a bit too hard for me. I will stay there again and happy to recommend.
The best 4* hotel in Nottingham!
After constantly being dissapointed with drab 4* hotels in Nottingham city centre, i decided to try the Marston Belfry, located just on othe outskirts of town, near J26 of the M1.
In summary, the hotel is excellent. Built in Feb this year, the place is spotless and features all the mod cons and space a business (or pleasure) traveller would want.
Below is a list of +ve's and -ve's (rather than the usual lengthy essay)
- Good size standard double bedrooms
- Large bathrooms with walk in showers
- 32" LCD TVs in all rooms
- Comfortable beds
- Very modern gym and leisure facilities (excellent whirpool!)
- General cleanliness
- Attentive staff (who enjoyed talking to customers!)
- Felt like you were the only people there (not very busy that night?)
- Ultra quiet rooms
- Service is a little slow (1hr for room service & over 30 mins in the Brasserie)
- No jeans in the main restaurant (also a positive, but is a pain when you just want to relax after a long day in the office!)
- Not the largest room service menu (order from the Brasserie instead, its the same menu but twice the size)
All in all, very good and look forward to staying there over the next few months.
Lovely new hotel
My family and I stayed at the Nottingham Belfry last weekend. It had only been open a month, so everything was brand new. I found the staff to be friendly, helpful and polite. The decor was contemporary and to a high standard. The pool was lovely, and big enough to swim properly in, and the jacuzzi was absolutely fabulous, as were the steam room and sauna!!
I had looked at pictures on the hotel chain website (Marsden hotels) so I knew what to expect. The only downside was that the rooms weren't as big as I had expected - the plasma screen TV on the wall opposite the bed made up for that though!!
We dined in the less expensive restaurant, who catered for a table of 8 with no complaints (although this meant moving furniture) However, they did tend to bring large drinks / portions, without giving you an option, this meant the bill was quite high.
All in all it was a lovely break though and I would definately recommend it to others!