What We Love
- A charming boutique hotel near historic Hitchin in Herts, with breakfast and welcome proseccoGetting a gang of friends and holing up in this rustic escape
- Being just a 30-minute train ride from central London
- Choosing from more than 30 varieties of gin at the stylish bar
What To Know
- Executive balcony bedrooms overlook the hotel gardens
- The Needham House Spa has a hammam and Swedish sauna
- Free WiFi
Having recently re-opened following a full refurbishment, this hip sleep in the picturesque Hertfordshire village of Little Wymondley is a cool pick. Not only will you have both the medieval market town of Hitchin and the ancient Roman settlement of Stevenage on your doorstep, but you’ll be an hour’s drive from central London – or just 30 minutes if you take the train.
But location aside, it’s the on-trend guest rooms that give the hotel its modish edge. There’s boutique-chic decor, floor-to-ceiling windows and super-comfortable beds swathed in designer bed linen. Days can be spent visiting the gorgeous gardens at nearby Knebworth House. Equally worthy of your attention is the sleek Brasserie SG4 with its show kitchens and booth-style seating, and the too-cool bar with its top-notch gin and champagne menus.
How to Get There
Six of us booked this recently at £19.95 a head. On arrival we were shown into a lovely room and the staff were pleasant enough but the tea was very disappointing. Only 3 finger sandwiches each one small scone each with a small pot of jam to share. The cakes were mediocre. The tea wasn’t replenished we had to ask and when we asked for more sandwiches we were told no. I’ve had so many afternoon teas and have always been full afterwards this is the first time I left hungry. For the money I’d say don’t bother. When I emailed the manager they didn’t even bother to respond.
The first challenge was to negotiate the pot holed car park, not a great first impression. The second was to find the entrance to reception which features no exterior sign. Once inside, the bar was fairly comfortable and the Sunday roast was good but not exceptional, but the biggest disappointment was our standard room. Quite small for a double, terribly styled with a dark burgundy paint job and an 80s dado rail and a damp smelling en suite - this later turned out to be due to a semi blocked and leaking sink, which seemed poor given the relatively new bathroom fit. No book about the hotel, a slightly imperfect room service delivery (no egg on the club sandwich) and a view over an apparently abandoned development project in the grounds led us to decide that, should we ever be in the area again, we would seek out the Premier Inn instead.
Really disappointed as the online photos of this hotel looked great. Downstairs area does look great, refurbished and modern stylish. However the staircase to the bedrooms was carpeted in old dirty red carpet. Got to the bedroom and it stank of damp. It was tiny and dark. Half the bed was under a sloping ceiling - luckily I was on my own as a second person in that bed could not have sat up without knocking themselves out on the sloping ceiling! The carpet was filthy - I had to keep my shoes on- and there was an iron shaped burn mark in the carpet (no iron board or iron in room though). Room painted a horrible lilac and dark green with marks all over walls. Tiles in bathroom horrible and 1/4 bathroom done in completely different tile. Light broken so room dark. Weird cheap kettle. Won't stay again. Maybe some rooms have not yet been refurbished but they should make this clear when booking as I expected one of the nice ones shown on website
Firstly the post code is wrong so it’s difficult to find.
Reception is difficult to locate .....
once found ..... it’s a desk and a bit disorganised..
The lobby and bar is quite nice ....
the stair carpet to the rooms is dirty ....
upstairs the corridors are wood floors and the decor is a bit odd ....
the rooms also have wood floors .... the beds are hard, old and uncomfortable....
The one thing that did impress me was the kitchen/ Dining room .... the chefs were professional and obliging .... staff were very pleasant and helpful .... the food wasn’t gourmet but fresh and enjoyable.
We went here today for a very enjoyable birthday celebration Sunday lunch. The food was excellent, particularly the roast beef/pork and the service was also extremely good. We used a Groupon voucher which was incredibly good value but even at the usual price this would be a value for money, high quality lunch in a lovely location.