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Ramada Encore (Milton Keynes)
Member Name: Emma1973
Ramada Encore (Milton Keynes)
Advantages: Not far from pubs and restaurants.
Disadvantages: Some rooms can be incredibly noisy.
Points to those who guess the author!
As part of a little sojourn to Milton Keynes we needed to stay in a hotel, as the rest of our friends were staying in the Ramada Encore it made absolute sense to stay there with the rest of them.
The Ramada group has hotels all over the country and they seem to be part of the new breed of hotels which offer decent rooms but at those Premier Inn type prices. Indeed the Premier Inn in Milton Keynes is more expensive and less conveniently placed then we wanted.
We didnt actually book through the hotel website but through booking.com and I must admit they had quite a range to choose from. Family rooms, doubles and twins, smoking, non-smoking and executive versions of the above. Rather sneakily on their own website they dont advertise they have smoking rooms, booking.com give it away but you do have to send it as a seperate request. You also have to request it again when you get to the hotel.
The hotel is a mere 5 minutes walk in a straight line from the train station, and I really do mean that it's 5minutes walk. It's situated in the The Hub complex next to the Jurys Hotel and several restaurants and pubs. The entrance is actually down the side of the building, theres no directions to this but thankfully I'd already read this on a review. Parking is outside the hotel on a first come, first served basis at a cost of £10 for the day, but theres only 4 spots! There is an NCP car park opposite the hotel and on the complex itself. It's free between 7pm and 7am, for those other 12 hours it's going to cost £12! So make sure you factor that in to the cost of your trip.
The foyer of the hotel is fairly small but bright and airy, theres a massive table advertising their Christmas deal but rather annoyingly no other seats. When theres a queue at booking out and in theres nothing worse then having to stand up for 10 minutes.
The staff were impeccable and extremely helpful, we were booked in swiftly and with our request, were up on the 7th floor which had nothing but smoking rooms. I'm glad to see a hotel which acknowledges that quite a few of its guests still partake of the evil weed and dont shove them down at the end of a corridor.
Quite often when you go towards the smoking rooms or get off in the lifts on those floors, 2 huge lifts by the way, excellent when you have lots of luggage. And even better for those hen parties who squeezed 10 people in along with huge inflatable penis's. But back to the subject I started with! You cant smell that you are in the smoking area at all, I can only presume that they have some great air freshners or some damned strong air conditioning!
The room itself was quite nice and large, it had a larger than double bed, laminate flooring, a red leather sofa that turns into a bed, desk and chair. They also provide towels, hairdryer, tv and tea and coffee tray. It's not an over-large bathroom this is probably due to the fact that half of the room is taken up with the shower (no bath) which easily fits 2 people in it! Theres no complementary toiletries but tubes of shower cream and hand cleanser stuck to the walls.
The room itself was clean as were the sheets and pillows, however I didnt really notice the dirty great long black hair on the shower wall until the Sunday morning! And it definitely wasnt one of my purple ones or partners blonde locks! Ordanarily I would have raised it with the hotel but with a few hours to go I couldnt be bothered!
I didnt have any problems with the laminate flooring but then I was on the top floor. I did hearfrom people on other floors that you could hear people walking about particularly if they were wearing heels.
There was a rather annoying event in the bathroom, it was pretty much a wet room with the shower cubicle having a slope towards the drain. Except it doesnt drain quite quickly enough and goes out onto the bathroom floor leaving you nowhere to dry your feet! With my damp feet I walked towards the tea tray intending to have a decaff coffee except I had to boil the kettle twice as it only boiled to warm the first time. Safety feature or just flipping annoying?
I loved the bed though, not too soft or hard but just right, giving me a perfect sleep. Well, when I could finally get to sleep. The hotel is right next to the Wetherspoons pub which doesnt close till gone 1 am, you then have people wandering around for a couple of hours being generally annoying and loud. Thankfully we were on the further side of the hotel so didnt get too disturbed too much. I did hear that it was horrendous for the people whos room faced onto the pub and also had the taxi queue right underneath their windows. So thats well worth considering if you are intending to stay here.
We didnt use the bar or restaurant but our friends did on the previous evening. Apparently the service was a little slow, well, they actually had to go and get someone from reception to come up and serve them. I'm assuming that they dont place much emphasis on their bar and restaurant with all the different places around them.
Checkout was like booking in, quick, painless and very polite.
All in all I was perfectly happy with the hotel but I think that was quite by chance. I dont think I would be quite as happy had I been on a lower floor facing the pub, and I have to say was I to stay here again I would request the same rooms I had been in this time. For me it was worth the £59 but it could easily have been worth much less.
So make sure you know exactly what you may be letting yourself in for should you book into this hotel!
Information about the place.
Check in 2pm, check out 12pm
* 159 bedrooms
* Direct dial telephones
* Tea and coffee making facilities
* Interactive colour TV with Sky, radio channels and pay movie channels,
* Internet access available
* Ensuite bathrooms
* Hairdryers are provided
* Same day laundry and dry cleaning service
* Irons and ironing boards can be borrowed from Reception.
Summary: Decently priced hotel in the heart of Milton Keynes entertainment centre.
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