Celtic Manor Resort
Travel Blogs from Newport
We said goodbye to Falmouth and headed northwest to Wales. Lots of driving on a holiday weekend. The roads had heavy traffic. Luckily most of it was traveling in the opposite direction. There was nearly 60kms of traffic queued on the M5 all going in the opposite direction (how lucky were we). There must be people still trying to get to their …
Sunny but cool day. Good for a game of golf at a really tough course. Jan's feeling a bit confident and has stipulated a putting competition to liven up the proceedings. We took a walk around this amazing place beforehand. Apart from 3 championship golf courses it has indoor pool spa sauna steam room tennis put put ropes polo and more. Set on 1400 …
It has been over a month since I have last wrote in my travel pod. I have really been settling in nicely here, very happy. It is kind of crazy the life of living in a hotel. It reminds me a lot of living in Whistler. You work, live, and party with the same people all the time. Can be good and bad...mostly good though. You get to know everyone quite …
... and is a city with 7 major hills, so we went on the "Skyline" tour and then the "City" tour. This town, aside from being famous for its water (similar to Daylesford), is famous for its stone - bath stone - and In early days was mined underneath current buildings, so much so that some of the areas we travelled are having trouble with subsidence. In one specific ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Celtic Manor Resort Newport
What a wonderful Resort and a relaxing stay. We didn't even leave the Resort. My husband played golf, they paired him up with someone with a similar par and I went into the spa and had a Tailored Experience. The girls who gave me the treatments were so friendly and I feel asleep during my massage! We had dinner in their fine dining restaurant Owens and we were blown away, the food was beautifully presented and the wine list was superb - the prices were 1/3 less than London but was the same quality. The wine waiter was extremely knowledgeable and in general all the staff were friendly, I was quite taken aback with the number of people who greeted us as we walked through the Resort, it definately was a refreshing change to the big smoke of London.
Having stayed there a number of times on my own on business and with my family and also run a sizeable conference at the venue, I have to complete disagree with the previous review. I hve always found the staff extremely helpful and friendly. It is such a pleasure to visit a 5* hotel who don't frown upon children and seem genuinely pleased to see you.
I was one of those lucky conventioners that is this hotel's bread and butter business
The impression you get is that no expense has been spared on certain aspects of the facility, but its a project where the budget was not balanced, certain items have had way to much money spent on them and other items have been finished to a much lower standard. Hence marble bathrooms in all rooms, elaborate carpets and decorations in the hall ways but the furnishings in the bar and restaurant areas have a left over in the sale feel about them, possibly because such items need to be replaced more frequently.
The Celtic Manor was the site for the reception of a wedding we attended in August, 04. The actual reception was a dream, and very well co-ordinated. If this review was about their ability to host a function they'd be getting a higher score.
Pure luxury without being pretentious
Brilliant! Terrific facilities, luxurious surroundings with great service (especially concierge). I've stayed here 5 times - even got married here - and nothing competes with this in southern england. 3 excellent golf courses, two great pools, bikes to hire and so much more. For more cost effective breakfasting and lunching though - try the cafe in the health spa - bit cheaper than the restaurants.
Stayed there on business for three days. Staff useless, inexperienced and unhelpful. Had considered taking my family for the weekend but the staff at the leisure centre were unable to tell me how much the children's club would cost as they were "new" and didn't know. The restaurants are overpriced and the food is perfectly bland. Room service took over an hour to arrive and was cold. It could be an incredibly good place to rest but there is always a dread of how far you have to walk to get anywhere. The management apologised when I complained and offered me a free upgrade when I next vist. I won't be. There are plenty of other beautiful hotels to visit before this one.
We have stayed twice at the Celtic Manor hotel and both times we have absolutely loved it! The hotel is huge and the reception area is very impressive. The room has been large, modern and clean both times. The gym and swimming pool are fantastic and the hotel has everything you could possibly want for a relaxing break. The restaurants are quite pricey, but if you have your car with you there are numerous other places to eat nearby. We will definitely be staying here again!
Quality hotel - Easy access from M4 - FAB facilties
As a local, I thought I'd just offer my opinion. The Celtic Manor is an extraordinary hotel in its design and grandeur. Whilst I can understand the previous sentiments, there are very few hotels to rival the luxury and facilities in the area. The resident pianist plays in the bar all week and it's a serious destress to sit by the fire in the piano bar and while away a few hours with friends. The golfing facilities are world renowned with the Welsh open and the Ryder cup (2009 or 2010 - can't rem!) being hosted here. If you are here on business or travelling through, it is an excellent hotel - if however for a romantic w/e away, I would agree with the previous comments and maybe consider a more intimate surronding.
All the facilities but no character
The website for this hotel is very impressive and that's what encouraged us to visit. It certainly has a lot of facilities and plenty of grounds, but it really feels like a corporate hotel, rather than one for a weekend getaway for a couple. The main drawbacks are that it is less than half a mile from the motorway so you can hear it all the time, it lacks atmosphere especially in the restaurant and bar and it is a drive from the local town, so no easy escape!!
Nothing particular to complain about as the staff were very nice, the room was large and clean and the facilities were plentiful, it's just that we felt like we were on a work awayday rather than a romantic weekend!!