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Most enjoyable long weekend.
De Vere Whites Hotel (Bolton)
Member Name: Ljg1006
De Vere Whites Hotel (Bolton)
Advantages: Price, facilities, location
Just come back from a long weekend here with husband and our one year old. This is predominately used for conferences and as such tends to have special offers on a weekend.
Just off the M61, ample parking, automatic doors lifts to all areas and wide corridors.
Paid £25 a night including breakfast (which we didn't realise until we checked out, we thought we'd have to pay the £7.50 each per day!)
Room wasn't huge but big enough for a double bed, travel cot, single chair and small circular table. The only downside in my opinion was the mattress was very firm and made my back ache. The bathroom was an adequate size, bath with overhead shower, toilet and sink. Plenty of wardrobe space, kettle, complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and 2 small bottles of water replaced daily. Each room also has an iron and hairdryer. We never heard a peep from our neighbours whilst we were there, however due to the hot weather the room was very warm so we had to keep our window open which resulted in a little road noise, nothing major and nothing that kept us awake. Internet access was available in rooms but at £15 a day I thought it was steep but then it's a conference hotel so I guess it's to be expected.
All areas were kept very clean
Every member of staff we encountered were lovely, friendly and helpful - especially with our little boy. They suggested child friendly places for us to eat, supplied us with milk for him when ours went sour and you just felt nothing was a bother.
We used the pool - which is quite small but adequate for us and Jacuzzi, there is also a sauna and sun shower. They have male and female changing areas plus a separate family change room and a disabled change room. When you sign in you are supplied with towels and a key to a locker (free of charge).
I believe this normally costs £7.50, which is the usual price for this sort of breakfast in most hotels. There was a good choice of hot food, cereal, fruit, toast and pastries which you could help yourself to.
We didn't eat in the restaurant in the evenings nor use the bar but both areas looked clean and spacious.
Within walking distance is a 24 hour Tesco (had breakfast here one day - a good cheap option if breakfast isn't included in your room rate) and Asda, cinema, bowling, and shops including M&S, Next, Boots, Game and the Works. Food/beverage wise there is Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC, McD's, a Harvester and a bar which I think was called Scotty's. If you want to travel further afield less than a 5 minute walk is Horwich Parkway train station - Manchester return was £3.20 and takes about 30 minutes. We also took our little one to Blackpool zoo which was only about 40 minutes in the car (you can also take the train to Blackpool from here).
All in all we had a very enjoyable stay which for £25 a night was an absolute steal. We'd definitely return if we could get the same or similar rate.
Summary: Wish it were an hour nearer to home cause I want to go again!
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