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Mercure Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa (Bolton)
Member Name: Andy.mack
Mercure Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa (Bolton)
Advantages: A nice hotel with plenty of amenities and a reasonable rate per night
Disadvantages: The meals, no matter how nice, were over prced.
With my new role working in the Leisure industry it has seen me moving from a regional job into a more National role. It's this reason that has recently taken me up to Lancashire to visit a site in Haslingden. Being a caring employer my new boss has decided its better that we stay over rather than drive up and back on the day. It's for this very reason that I recently found myself staying at the Last Drop Village in Bolton. The hotel was all paid for by the company, but we had to book it and claim it back on expenses.
A couple of days before our trip we booked it on the internet and managed to get an incredible deal of £59 per double room for the night. This was of course a special rate and like my recent stay at the Novotel in Reading it involved the money being paid up front and should we need to cancel for any reason we wouldn't get a refund. This price didn't include for breakfast, which cost an additional £15 once we actually got there. The rate for our rooms would normally have set us back £120 but they were doing a couple of special offers including our rate of £59.
The hotel is located off Hospital Road in the Toppings area of Bolton. It was quite easy to find, despite our Sat Nav taking us down a dead end and had we actually followed the signs rather than out tom tom, we'd probably have found it 10 minutes earlier. It is signposted from the A666 as you arrive into Bolton and the signs take you all the way to Hospital Road, providing you ignore your Sat Nav should you be using one. There is plenty of parking to the front of the hotel and a lot more around the back as well, which is all included within the cost of the room.
One of the first things that struck me about the hotel had to be its appearance. The Last Drop Village is located within an 18th Century farmhouse and comprises of 128 rooms, a couple of restaurants, a couple of bars, a Gym, Swimming pool, Spa and a craft Village. All of which is quite easy to find once your into the hotel itself. The reception process is quite easy, having filled in the registration card and handed across a card to cover any costs we were heading for the rooms within a couple of minutes.
The rooms were split into 2 different areas, a number of the rooms were located in the extension to the main building. My room however was actually out in the courtyard in one of the old farm buildings, which gave the hotel a bit of character. Once I'd found my room it was pretty much what I expected, it comes complete with a double bed, TV with a small selection of Sky channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities and an en-suite bathroom. Unlike a lot of hotels I've stayed in recently there was certainly something a little different about this hotel. It had some character and wasn't just a standard box hotel room.
One of the notable things missing from the room though was a mini bar; it seemed that Mercure weren't quite as keen as the likes of Novotel to make extra money from you once you're through the door. They did however offer room service, which seemed to be quite expensive. After getting settled into my room I headed to the bar to watch the England game and while the menu, containing such delicacies as Salmon and Yorkshire ale steak pie all of which, like room service was quite pricey. That said as it was on the company I didn't particularly mind the £11 it cost me for dinner, however had it been my own money I may have thought twice about it.
The same applied to the breakfast in the morning, as despite how nice it actually was I didn't think it was worth the £15 it cost. So for that reason I made sure I had as much of the buffet as possible before heading out for our site meeting and then subsequent trip back to Basingstoke. While I do like good food, I think there are something's that are overpriced and meals at the Last Drop Village really do fall into that category. Like the check in procedure it was quite easy to check back out again, having settled up the bill for both meals and handed back the room keys.
Overall while the Last Drop Village does seem to be quite pricey once you're in there, I did think it was quite a nice hotel. The price of the meals and drinks are a little high but the price of the room was actually quite reasonable, when you consider that it included use of the Gym and Health Spa, which unfortunately we arrived too late to really use. If you are looking for a hotel to stay in for a few days while you explore the area, I think this would be perfect and while I think the other guy I go up to Haslingden with has decided to try somewhere else next time, I'd definitely be tempted to stay at The Last Drop Village again should I be back up that way on my own.
Summary: A very nice Hotel on the North side of Bolton
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