Alexander House And Utopia Spa
What We Love
- 120 acres of graceful grounds; hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are all on offer
- Stellar seven-course tasting menu served in AG’s formal dining room
- The outdoor hot tub, set in a tranquil English garden
What To Know
- Be prepared for an ultra-laid-back vibe; some guests have breakfast in robes and slippers
- Free WiFi
- It's just over an hour's drive from central London
- Gatwick airport is eight miles away
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on 120 acres, Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa is an 18th-century manor house hotel in leafy West Sussex, an hour’s drive from London. Behind an imposing red brick façade, the lobby is suitably opulent, furnished with elegant wood paneling, chandeliers and oil paintings of tropical birds. There are original features aplenty in the drawing room: cream plaster cornices, bay windows with garden views, and a cream and honey-colored marble fireplace. The high-ceilinged entrance to the spa has some quirky features, including an oversize vintage birdcage containing three zebra finches.
Bed and Bath
Georgian sash windows let plenty of light flood into the large, airy guestrooms. Heavy silk drapes, period furniture and gold-tinged textured wallpaper all nod to the house’s rich history, while Sony stereo systems and iPod docks are welcome modern additions. Bathrooms are equally roomy, fitted out in cream and toffee marble, with large oval baths, walk-in rain showers and Temple Spa products.
The hotel’s bistro, Reflections, focuses on such hearty British fare as Dover sole, pot-roasted chicken and sirloin steak sandwiches on homemade onion bread. Meals are served alfresco in the summer months. AG’s, the candlelit formal dining room, is a much grander affair, and the seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings is exceptional. The real deal-sealer, however, is the hotel’s Utopia Spa, a subterranean dream of therapy pools, mosaic hot tubs, Grecian-style pillars, and a list of more than 40 tempting treatments. Be sure to leave time to soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi, set in an idyllic Georgian garden.
In the Area
The gorgeous Sussex countryside surrounding Alexander House is a treasure trove of historic monuments. Hever Castle was the childhood home of Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn, while nearby Chartwell House was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill for more than 40 years. Wakehurst Gardens, a country estate affiliated with world-renowned Kew Gardens in London, is a bona fide British gem. And opera lovers flock to Glyndebourne, a cultural institution since the 1930s.
How to Get There
Myself and my mum had the 4 hours spa facilities with a treatment and two course meal. The spa facilities are incredible, so relaxing and luxurious feeling. The facial I had was fantastic, so relaxing and felt worth the money. The only fault I had was that you can hear everyone walking past the treatment room, the room isn't well sound proofed. Potentially if guests weren't able to walk past these rooms during treatments that would be better! Food was top notch, and the service was amazing from all departments. Overall a really lovely thing to do!
We stayed here for 1 night only. We booked on Booking.com for the "cosy attic" room which looked lovely enough. `We had mentioned on our booking that this was a stay after our wedding, so on arrival we were informed at the desk that we had been given a free upgrade to a suit, what an amazing thing to do! The hotel is certainly 5* in our book, as attention to detail is superb. We had lunch in the champagne bar when we arrived, grilled lemon chicken sandwich, very tasty and well presented. We were shown to our room by a member of staff who explained all of the facilities available and how everything worked in the suit, air con, mood lighting etc.
We went to the spa straight away, having payed the £20 each in advance. all very nice with all the usual facilities you would expect from a hotel of this standard, we highly recommend using the outdoor jacuzzi, its wonderfully invigorating on a cold day.
We didn't have dinner in the hotel, but breakfast was excellent, lots of choice, service from the staff is very attentive. I believe that to buy the traditional breakfast was £19.95, expensive you might think compared to your greasy spoon, but this is all quality food in a quality establishment. In all, we were very happy and believe it to be value for money, even if we hadn't had the upgrade, its a lovely building with very friendly staff and lovey food.
Stayed here after looking for a 5* hotel to stay in the area. We stayed on a Saturday evening. Check in was a little slow and crowded but no major complaints. Rooms were as you'd expect. Spa was lovely but busy. The food including breakfast I thought was great. Staff could definitely have been more attentive (drawing room table was left uncleaned from previous customers for about 3 hours). Also the emergency light in our garden suite bedroom was quite annoying as it did not turn off - luckily we sleep well however for light sleepers this may be a problem. That aside - good stay.