Sunday, 28 September 2014

My stay at the Village Hotel, Farnborough

As some of you will know, I am a journalist for my local newspaper. As with most jobs it can often be quite stressful, but it does have some perks too! I recently wrote an article on the Village Hotel in Farnborough, which is in my patch area, for our business section and, as a thank you, they very kindly offered my boyfriend and I a free night's stay!

(Picture from Village Hotels website)
The Village Hotel is part of the Village Urban Resorts chain, which is part of the De Vere group. The hotel is only a ten-minute drive away for me so it was nice we still had the feeling of a weekend away without having to travel too far.

We stayed in one of the "Upperdeck" rooms which had a few added extras like a mattress topper, iPhone speaker dock, Sky Movies, Starbucks hot drinks package and access to some brand partner offers and discounts. The room was wonderful and if anyone has the chance to stay there I would recommend upgrading! We were so busy we didn't have time to take advantage of the Sky Movies or watch any TV the bed was so snuggly and comfortable and we had plenty of space in the room.

The room also had a large desk area with a lamp. As the hotel is named the Village there was a "V" theme going on throughout. The shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the bathroom were labelled as v. soft, v. shiny and v. zingy which I thought was a nice touch.

The bathroom was bright and airy and all the essentials were provided too. Once we'd checked in we made use of the gym, pool and spa facilities. The gym at the hotel is huge and really spaced out and airy which is always a plus. There was more than enough equipment and it was fairly quiet when we went in so we made full use of it. Unlike the gym, which was really bright, the pool was more of a chill out area and had mood lighting so it was perfect for relaxing in after a gym session. There is also loungers by the side of the pool for anyone that just wants to have a lie down! The pool is quite small but for a quick hour swim it did the job perfectly! We also had full access to the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room - heaven!

I'd recently picked out this Seafolly tankini from Coco Bay which arrived just in time for me to wear at the pool!
After showering off after the gym it was time for dinner in the hotel's Chop House restaurant. It wasn't too busy when we went in and the service was faultless - even with a huge function going on at the same time! I went for ham hock terrine to start, lemon & thyme chicken breast as my main course and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The food came really quickly and tasted great, there were no problems at all over dinner and I was extremely full after!
(Picture from Village Hotels website)

We had a wonderful stay and I am extremely grateful to all the staff at the hotel for their wonderful service. 

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