,Catherine recently stayed at the Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa- here is her blog……
I recently enjoyed an overnight stay with my family at the Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa. Jane Clement, our Accor Account Manager, very kindly organised this for me over the recent holidays. The venue has 149 standard bedrooms and 11 apartments of a contemporary design located in the Hotel part of the property. There is the option to upgrade to one of the 37 superior rooms and suites in the beautiful 16th century Grade II listed Hall which also offers conference facilities.
This hotel has eluded me over the years and is somewhere I had been eager to see for a while.
My family & I had planned a day trip to Warwick Castle so what better opportunity to visit the hotel, with its great location only 15 minutes away, and take the chance to stay overnight so as not to have to travel back on the same day.
The location in Warwickshire is great being within easy reach of Oxford & Stratford Upon Avon and the M40 is only 10 minutes away. Walton Hall Hotel is situated within stunning grounds with over a mile long driveway through open fields so very rural.
We arrived early Friday evening and quickly realised that the hotel was extremely busy with wedding parties and large family gatherings. Despite this it didn’t seem to impact on the service we received.
Our bedroom was a great size, contemporary in style with one of the largest bathrooms I have seen in a hotel for a long time. It was located in one of the buildings off from the main reception area and had doors opening out onto lawn. They also have 37 luxury rooms in the Hall which are more traditional in style, and 11 apartments within the Courtyard which offer both 1 or 2 bedrooms with a lounge & small kitchen.
We ate in the bar that evening which was good value for money and catered well for the children. Although busy, the food arrived quickly and was tasty.
That evening as well as the following morning, I took a little wander around the hotel and grounds to see the facilities. The Grade II, 16th century Walton Hall was a hive of activity with the wedding parties solely occupying all the bedrooms as well as the public space.
The Courtyard Suite in Walton Hall is a great room for entertaining, self-contained with it’s own bar, lounge area and doors opening out onto the grounds. There are a number of smaller event & meeting facilities within the Hall but I didn’t get to view these unfortunately.
Located just outside from the Hall is a beautiful chapel, which unfortunately isn’t used by the hotel but they do hold services once a month. I did get to peak inside and it was very pretty with lovely stained glass windows.
In the main hotel there are number of smaller training/conference room spaces from 8 – 50 people. These are all located together over 2 floors and there is a foyer/lounge space on the 1st floor great for refreshment breaks and buffet lunches. The hotel has 22 meeting rooms in total so lots of flexibility for large corporate groups. The extensive grounds also work well for all kinds of team-building activities.
The breakfast Saturday morning in The Orangery Restaurant was really nice, food was kept well-stocked and the service was very efficient.
Before departing we did manage to use the leisure facilities and went swimming. Along with the pool they have a gym, sauna, steam room & a number of therapy rooms. There were quite a few spa guests arriving for their treatments and seemed very popular with private members too.