Onto my next hotel visit – the Christmas gift stay.
A couple of Christmases ago, my in-laws gifted us one of those hotel stay gift vouchers which was very generous of them. I went on the website, validated the voucher code (or whatever it is you needed to do) and then didn’t do anything with it. With Husband constantly on last-minute work trips, it was difficult to book in advance as we didn’t know if he’d actually be around. In the end, the expiration date was fast approaching so we bit the bullet and booked. As it turned out, he ended up going to South Africa the day after our stay so it was lucky we didn’t have to cancel!
There were a lot of hotels to choose from but a lot of them were quite far away and as it was only one night, we didn’t want an epically long drive. We decided on the fairly local Brooklands Hotel which had great reviews on Trip Advisor, and a pretty interesting location opposite Mercedes Benz World.
We paid the extra £20 to upgrade to a track facing room which was well worth it – watching the cars speed around the track and skid around the skid pan was very entertaining. Admittedly, we could have just walked across the road to go in MB World, or even over to the Brooklands Museum which also looked fun, but we decided to do neither of those things. Husband instead spent the afternoon preparing for his work trip whilst I went to the spa. I think I got a better deal than he did.
Check-in was very smooth and we soon had our noses pressed up against the huge window looking at all the pretty Mercedes. The bathroom was smallish, but considering we were only there for one night, that didn’t bother me too much. They’ve made some good decisions with the furniture – a Pedrali table is always a good sign and there was a very cool fresnel lens lampshade. Everything was very stylish.
I managed to drag myself away from the action round the track and went up to the spa for my 50 minute Caudalie facial. I love Caudalie products and the facial absolutely met my expectations – they have beautiful, serene treatment rooms and a good selection of techniques in the facial – I was left feeling incredibly relaxed and I’ll definitely keep my eye out for more spas that use Caudalie. On the way out, I couldn’t resist a travel set of skincare which was only £12.50 and will come in handy for my next hotel stay.
Napping was necessary after all that relaxing, before we went down to dinner at 7 at the 1907 restaurant. I was a bit concerned that it was quite a big open space and the noise levels were high, but we were lucky to get a table in a very quiet corner. We also had breakfast there the next day – all in all, the food was delicious and we had such attentive service.
It was a shame we had to rush off in the morning to get Husband ready for his flight – they have a lovely late check-out time and I could easily have whiled away the hours in the room watching all that aggressive driving.
I have a little bit of a gap until my next hotel stay – I’ve got my trip to Miami in a couple of a weeks and I cannot wait!