I stayed at the Hilton Nottingham Hotel for one night as a night away in Nottingham with my friend and it was our first time staying at a Hilton hotel. We booked this hotel because of the central location near all the bars, restaurants and shopping outlets, which is in walking distant and the hotel stated it had wheelchair friendly rooms, which is a must when staying away.
Getting to the hotel car park is bit difficult as it is situated on Milton Street, which is on a bus lane and can be a bit confusing even when using the Sat Nav (NG1 4AF) because the centre is very busy and has no detailed directions signposted. There is Trinity Square Car Park near the hotel, which you can park there for thirteen pounds a night. When we finally arrived at the hotel I was pleased with the entrance of the hotel with a ramp access up to the automatic doors and a lovely wide reception area leading to the front desk. Also they have lifts and the Bric Bar & Kitchen, the onsite hotel restaurant. The staff are friendly and very helpful helping with our luggage and talked through with us about the Refugee Fire Point about where to go, what to do and how many staff will we need to help us in an event of a fire.
When arriving at our room I noticed the hotel had put us next to the lift, which was useful as we didn’t have to go far. The entrance of the hotel room could fit a standard size manual chair through the door and turn but an electric chair would struggle. The room was a nice size, clean and tidy, the bed was low down so I could get in and out easier and I was able to move round in my chair independently and access the bathroom. Also the bathroom was big enough to use my chair in there and had handrails all-round the bathroom with two panic buttons, one near the floor by the toilet and one on the wall next to the bath which could be easily reached if you were sitting in the bath. The only problem I found with the bathroom is that it had a bath instead of a walk in shower. I could access the bath holding on to the handrails, but it was still hard work getting in and out of the bath. I was told by member of staff that there are two accessible rooms in the hotel out of 169 rooms. I would recommend the hotel provide more than two accessible rooms as it is not just the disabled that struggle with bathroom facilities in a hotel, it can be the elderly that struggles to walk or lift themselves into a bath and two is quite low for the number of rooms that are available.One of the accessible rooms has a roll in shower. A roll in shower would be more practical and defiantly if you can’t walk or move independently and need help getting in and out of a bath. Next time I would state further I would need the room with the walk in shower. But I have to say it’s one of the best bathrooms that I’ve seen in a hotel for a while for people with disabilities considering most have only got one rail to hold onto to get into the bath. Apart from the bath in the bathroom I found the room very pleasant to stay in and had everything you needed for a night away including tea and coffee facilities and room service if you wanted it.
The hotel had a spa, which is a bonus for me and my best friend as we love to relax and have a pamper. The spa was easy to approach via the lift, had a big entrance door into the spa reception and a family changing room that was wide enough for my manual chair to move in and out and had a walk in shower in there too with a sturdy shower seat, which I wished was in our hotel room. I was able to sit in my chair and move around the pool area, so I didn’t have to worry about walking to far too each spa facility. I could roll my chair up to the pool, the sauna and the steam room. The pool had four steps down to it with a big handrail going all the way down and the help from my friend too, it was fine to access. As well the staff in the spa was always offering to help and very friendly. The only problem was the pool wasn’t warm and was joined by the Jacuzzi that wasn’t heated, but the Jacuzzi had seating all the way round it. The sauna and steam room both only had a little lip of a step to enter and was flat and easy to walk in once you were in the rooms. Also the spa offered a range of beauty treatments too.
The hotel bar and restaurant was on the ground level inside the hotel but had a step entry from the outside the hotel. It was laid out perfectly as I could move round it and sit at many of the tables and stylish décor. We had our breakfast in there in the morning, which was a buffet breakfast and had a wide range of choice and fresh coffee, tea and juices were available. It was very clean and tidy and I highly recommend you pay the extra five pound for breakfast. Also at night, the drinks in the restaurant was good prices and had happy hour from 5 till 7 on the cocktails. The main menu serves traditional British dishes at affordable prices.
Location and Nearby Attractions
The hotel location is central to all the shops, bars and restaurants and all in walking distance. Nottingham Train Station is a 15 minute walk and 25 minutes from Junction 24 M1. The nearby attractions are the Intu Victoria Centre, which has a host of shopping outlets, Capital FM Arena, Nottingham Castle, Lace Market, National Water Sports Centre and if you’re feeling more adventurous go to the Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve. Nottingham is great if you love going to cocktail bars and restaurants. I highly recommend you to the Boiler Room and Piano and Pitcher, which the venue is a church turned into a bar!
If I was to visit Nottingham again I would stay at the Hilton Nottingham Hotel as there is everything you could possibly need and want for a night or weekend away!
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