The day didn't start fabulously as I woke up with chest pain, hacking cough, headache, sore throat and joint pain. I really didn't want to leave my bed! But after a ridiculous amount of ventolin, cough syrup and Merocaine, ( the absolute BEST throat sweets EVER. they numb your throat so much, I burn my mouth drinking a cup of tea cos I couldn't feel how hot it was), I was feeling slightly more human. I'd already decided I was going to the wedding venue today anyway, even if Stuart had to roll my still warm corpse all the way there. ( We've canceled three times because of my health.)
The first time I stayed at the hotel was about 5 years ago. I absolutely fell in love with it. I stayed there twice and really loved it both times. The rooms were lovely, the foyer etc was really classy looking, the staff wonderfully helpful and super friendly. It had a really relaxing atmosphere. So the first place I thought for my wedding was this hotel. On booking our initial appointment, I was told they'd undergone a huge re-developmental improvement. So to say I was excited at the prospect of my favourite hotel being Even Better doesn't cover it!
So we arrive at the hotel in question...Well. 'Underwhelmed' is an understatement. One of my favourite things the hotel offered was a beautiful fountain at the entrance. That's gone, and is now replaced with a big, circular fluffy sofa. The room they showed us for the wedding breakfast was tiny. It looked cramped with only three tables in it, with about 8 chairs around each table. So with 24 people in the room, it would be claustraphobic. The wedding co-ordinator then says that they can get a maximum of 60 people in there! SIXTY! sixty anorexic small people possibly, but no way would 60 regular sized people get in there comfortably.
The absolute worst part for me...the colour. The room was a muddy brown/green colour. My theme is red and black. Who the hell gets married and their colour scheme matches muddy brown?!
I was seriously disappointed because I was so sure that this hotel was going to be 'THE ONE'.
The evening reception room was about as brilliant as the rest to be honest. It has a private bar, which is nice. The room itself is huge, with a stage, but very dingy, and nothing particularly exciting about it.
Another thing that struck me as odd. I asked where the disabled toilets were and they looked at each other and said 'oh i dont know!'
Brilliant. They weren't even sure if there was any. There was as it happens but I didnt look at them. What's the point? I think I'm going to be looking around for somewhere else. I know I wont be happy on the day if I have it at this hotel and this is the only wedding i'm ever planning on having so i want it to be good.
The thing is, I actually feel guilty. the ladies who were showing us around were really helpful and lovely, but i felt such disappointment and anticlimax at every new thing they showed us. I don't think its for me to be honest. I think its going to have to be Stuarts husbandly duty to tell them 'thanks but no thanks', because I'm too much of a wimp to do it myself!
I just hope the next hotel we find can give us what we're looking for, and the date we want.
*** i have purposely not named the hotel, so don't ask me what it is. I don't want to sway other people away from it, and if anyone has had their wedding there and had a lovely day, i'm not about to slate it***