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Good Value Stay
Cranage Hall (Cheshire)
Member Name: dkm1981
Cranage Hall (Cheshire)
Date: 16/04/13, updated on 19/04/13 (35 review reads)
Advantages: Good deals, comfortable rooms, nice facilities
Disadvantages: Drinks are extortionate!
We stayed at Cranage Hall as part of a Travelzoo deal last week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Cranage Hall is part of the Principal Hayley chain and has lots of facilities that make it a great place to stay. It also has a heavy focus on offering conference facilities and a place for weddings.
The hotel is in a converted mansion in Cranage, near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. It is very easily accessible as it is just a few minutes drive from the M6 motorway. There is plenty of free parking on site so arriving by car is probably the best way. The hotel is a convenient place to stay if you are visiting Jodrell Bank (5 minutes drive away), Tatton Park (20 minutes drive away) and Chester Zoo (35 minutes drive away).
The drive up to the hotel impresses upon you what a lovely building it is and I would imagine it makes for some lovely wedding day photographs. There is a new build extension to the right of the hotel which is where the accommodations are all located. This building is attached to the old building so that you can walk all the way through without going outside, but most of the main facilities are located in the old part.
The staff are very friendly, especially the ones at the front desk. They are knowledgeable and are happy to help you with bookings and questions about both the hotel and the surrounding area. We found that all of the staff were excellent, including those in the restaurant and the leisure centre.
The rooms are very nice. we stayed in a standard room that had a double bed. It was comfortable and had everything we needed during our stay. The bed was nice and comfortable. i have read other reviews that said the beds were too hard, but we didn't find this to be the case at all. The bathrooms are well maintained and clean and there are lots of little toiletry bottles in there in case you have forgotten anything. One of my bugbears about hotel rooms is when they don't have a plug socket by the bed, but I am pleased to report that this wasn't a problem here as there was a socket at either side of the bed!
The restaurant offers a selection of meals including burgers and more traditional dishes and is very enjoyable. The prices aren't too bad either with starters and desserts costing around five pounds each and main courses between twelve and twenty pounds. There was a set menu in the restaurant when we arrived and the waitress told us it was because there was a big group of people in and they tend to use this instead, but we were offered the option of the normal menu when we asked. It would have been nice to have been offered the full menu without having to ask, since we weren't part of the big group.
Breakfast was excellent and included a wide selection of the usual things you would expect to see - hot buffet, fresh fruit, pastries, juices and coffee. The hot stuff was hot and the cold stuff was cold. i'd have been happy to pay for the breakfast if it hadn't have been included.
There is a full leisure club there which you can become a member of separately and full use of which is included in the price of your stay. We used the swimming pool, hot tub and sauna whilst we were there, all of which were well maintained and in good working order. The swimming pool isn't very big. You can do lengths comfortably, but if there is any more that five people in there, it becomes a bit claustrophobic. There is no life guard on duty.
There are lots of little areas for sitting and enjoying a drink during your stay, with big open fires surrounded by comfy arm chairs. There is also a bar area. The drinks aren't cheap, but no more expensive than you would expect in a hotel.
As i said, we got it as part of a deal which included dinner, bed and breakfast as well as a bottle of wine and tickets to Tatton Park for £99 for two of us for one night. We thought this was exceptional value for money and were very pleased with our stay. we actually upgraded our Tatton Park tickets to chester Zoo ones for £5 each. The extras alone are worth more than the price of the stay. If you can't get the Travelzoo deal, they have lots of deals available directly that can include dinner, bed and breakfast and / or tickets to a local attraction for about £20 more. still good value.
Summary: Nice for a relaxing stay
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