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
Having visited here in the past we came for lunch with high expectations. First impressions were not good. The car park is more like a rutted cart track. On arrival at the bar the barmaid did not want to be there. My partner ordered a pint of cider, to be told they had ran out due to an event the day before, and we should have left then and there. On to the sandwiches. My partner ordered mature cheddar on white, and I ordered tuna mayo on white both priced at £6.50 each. We sat outside as it was a very hot day. Not a sun parasol in sight, and the flower planter was full of dog ends. When the food was served we could not believe it. Thin processed bread. Grated cheese. A few leaves and a few crisps. How they can charge this for food of this standard is robbery. No cutlery or napkins were offered, and we ate it as we were so hungry. Moral. If you want a decent sandwich, do not go here to be ripped off. Buy one from Tesco and eat it in your car. We were going to look at this for our wedding. But not on the strength of this. Would never return.
As this property was where we first met at an event when it was Blakemore Hotel 25 years ago, we booked and paid extra for an executive double room for our wedding night on 23 June 2018. Started well with late check-in and our bed being decorated with paper rose petals and swan shaped towels, but then it all went downhill.
Included in the room price was supposed to be robes and slippers, robes were there but no slippers. As the paper petals on the floor annoyingly kept sticking to our bare feet we called reception requesting the missing slippers and was informed they would be bought up straight away…….half an hour later still not brought up so gave up and went to bed. We were then awoken abruptly at 06:30am by an incredibly loud smoke or fire alarm going off which eventually stopped but we didn’t know why or what we were supposed to do. We tried to make some tea but noticed everything was there except the kettle! We rang reception to request a kettle and the slippers that we didn’t get last night. Kettle couldn’t be provided as housekeeping wasn’t yet open so was supplied with a flask of hot water (and finally the slippers).
The room was thick with dust everywhere, even had to wipe the hairdryer (which was also missing the nozzle) before use. Bed and pillows were comfy but was constantly aware of the thick visible layer of accumulated dust on top of the headboard. The room was too small, dark, hot and stuffy despite leaving the window open. Bathroom was really small but the shower was nice although would have liked a shelf to put toiletries on instead of the floor. The pedal bin was located in an alcove under the sink and wouldn’t open properly so had to keep pulling it out to use then push it back as there was no room to keep it out all the time. At breakfast we had to wait for bread then after toasting it found there was no butter so had to wait again by which time the toast had gone cold. The cooked breakfast was all completely stone cold despite being fresh from the kitchen. We couldn’t finish eating it as it was making us both feel quite sick. Also the orange juice was not kept chilled so was warm and sickly. Even the carpets in the corridors and on the stairs were ill fitted and crumpled and looked cheap. They also badly needed hoovering.
All in all we wouldn’t class this room as ‘Executive’ at all and were bitterly disappointed with the whole experience which unfortunately spoilt our overnight wedding stay. It was very poor value for money and wouldn’t recommend it at all.
We should have stayed at the much better Premier Inn, as we usually do, for half the price, better facilities, cleaner and a hot breakfast!
Spa Service A* The two ladies that greeted and applied our treatments this weekend were fantastic! Very attentive and made you feel very comfortable. Very relaxing services performed and staff in the spa were excellent! Highly recommend to all! Very clean and very tranquil!!! Brunch was also supplied, food was delicious and came in good time and staff again were very attentive all in all a fantastic day!
Unfortunately our stay was not a good experience. We were part of a large number who booked for a one night stay after a wedding. On arriving at the hotel we were one of 5 couples who were told that there were no rooms for us. (even the bride and groom didn't get the room they had booked). After a long hour and much sorting out we were eventually given rooms. The room itself was clean and tidy but there was only one towel for 2 of us. The WiFi didn't work and after breakfast we had to return to reception having got all the way to our room as like many others the key card didn't work. Breakfast was OK but the layout was very chaotic. In the end we went from being offered a complimentary breakfast to not being charged but the way we were spoken to left us feeling that this was somehow all our fault. The hotel itself is nice and a quiet location but I would not chance going there again if I was in the area.
We stayed at the hotel because of attending a wedding.
On check- in, which was between the church service and the reception, we found the receptionist confused and unhelpful. She did not know whose room was whose and in this confusion a 38week pregnant lady was left with no room to rest in 38 degree heat
The room itself was stifling.
Great bathroom and comfortable bed but kept awake by other residents coming and going in the corridor on a wooden floor.