Off Portsmouth Road
Looking for a luxury romantic hideaway in Surrey?
Set away among private gardens and nestled within Surrey woodland, why not try the idyllic romantic hideaway which is the Macdonald Frimley Hall.
Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly at reception, where there was a small sitting area with a roaring log fire, however taking center stage was the impressive open staircase leading onto the hotel rooms and suites.
A great start to our visit included a generous upgrade to the Bridal Suite - boy did this get me excited! As a romantic country house hotel I can see how this venue is favoured as an ideal backdrop for many special wedding days. Plus with our upgrade I had even more of an idea of what's its like to be a bride staying at the Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel and Spa.
Personally, when I get married I think I'll want to have the whole venue in a luxury country hotel, where you can combine the ceremony, reception and have all your close family and friends stay for the weekend too! A church would be lovely, however I think I'd prefer to have the whole day in one place.
Now onto the Bridal Suite at Frimley Hall Hotel..
The room itself was huge, complete with a combined bedroom living area and a separate hallway leading onto the stunning bathroom. The bathroom was the showstopper, with a domed ceiling adorned with Arabic script, a suspended chandelier, freestanding bathtub and Venetian style blinds unlocking the view to the snow-filled hotel grounds.
The room was a great size, ample space (ideal for a bridal suite - getting ready for your big day.. enough space for you and a group of bridesmaids) and featured an old disused fireplace with cosy sitting area. The main room, rich in original features and history showcasing a traditional decor with warm oak brown, orange and gold tones.
We winded down the day with a quick visit to the onsite gym followed by a refreshing swim at the pool, returning back to our room for a bottle of Prosecco and a snuggle in our dressing gowns.
When dining in the Linden Restaurant, it was a shame because the service really let the meal down, which I find hard to say! From focusing purely on the food, it was lovely, so compliments to the chef - the passion-fruit parfait and coconut ice cream combo was both refreshing and zesty!
But, the service was not the type I expect when dining with an A la Carte menu. These first impressions took shape when ordering drinks, I ordered a Mojito, only to wait an find out 40 minutes later there was actually no mint available.. so I went on to order a cosmopolitan, which then came quite promptly after, so all in all my drink took 45 minutes to arrive, which is not a great start!
The staff clearly could have done with an extra few hands, whereby I think these issues could have been resolved far quicker, or easily avoided in the first place. I do sympathize with the staff, having worked in various hospitality jobs myself over the years, however a little tact and acknowledgement would have gone along way.
The hotel is conveniently located, so there are plenty of other dining options available in the local area if you wish to dine elsewhere.
Despite the lack of dining service, I had a wonderful stay and enjoyed exploring another fine hotel in Surrey.
(*) My overnight stay and dinner at the McDonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. I can assure you all opinions expressed here are my own. (*)