For our mini break to the East Midlands we made a reservation at the Hilton St George’s Park otherwise known as the National Football Centre which is where the England football team call home and we made it our mini base during our stay. This article is our review of the Hilton St Georges Park hotel.
As you turn into the drive into hotel and you see the Hilton St Georges park sign you just know that you are in for a special stay. The winding drive takes you past the immaculate playing surfaces of the football fields either side of the road until you reach the impressive Hilton hotel. Car parking was complimentary and there were lots of space available.
You walk past the water fountains and enter into the huge lobby of the hotel we were met and greeted by a friendly staff member on reception who gave us an introduction to the hotel. The added extra of it being the home of England football added a touch of glamour and excitement compared to most other Hilton hotels.
We booked two interconnecting rooms so we had plenty of space during our stay and the girls loved having their own room and bathroom, which they quickly made their home with their soft toys.
When we arrived in the room the girls found an activity pack and jars of jelly bean and hot chocolate on their beds which was a nice gesture.
The rooms here are a good size with a nice big comfy bed and are modern, and spotlessly clean. There was a king size bed in one room and twin beds in the other for the girls with big screen tv’s, fluffy towels, robes and slippers .
The bathrooms were a good size and modern, comprising a bath and separate shower plus upgraded Peter Thomas Roth toiletries which are always a favourite of mine.
Our rooms looked onto a pleasant central courtyard, the rooms the other side of the corridor I have been told have great views of the countryside. This was the view from our rooms.
There is also a good-sized desk with plenty of power points if you bring your own computer and high speed complimentary wifi.
The rooms are decorated with lots of football related artwork.
Another feature of the Hilton St Georges park that we enjoy is the lobby area which showcases lots of football memorabilia which was both interesting & thought provoking. My football fan husband thought this was brilliant.
The breakfast at the Hilton St Georges Park is one of the best we have ever had, it was really delicious. Because of it’s strong football connections there was an impressive healthy spread of breakfast options together with lots of cereals, pastries and cold cut options and hot cooked breakfast options like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, cooked tomatoes and hash browns.
There were plenty of staff on hand and they provided efficient service.
The restaurant where you have breakfast has some fantastic views over the countryside through the huge windows. It was a lovely setting for an excellent breakfast.
We were given our rooms on the executive level floor which also gave us access to the executive lounge. This is only open for two hours each day, between 6pm and 8pm.
There was a good choice of complimentary alcoholic drinks and soft drinks on offer along with crackers and cheeses and hot snacks such as Tempura prawns , chicken wings and curry bites.
The staff here were excellent, continually topping up drinks and keeping up the supply of canapés. This really is a good club lounge and worth paying the little bit extra to enjoy.
The only strange thing about the executive lounge at the hotel was it was located on the mezzanine level rather than a dedicated room.
There is a luxurious health club and spa at the hotel and the children loved the swimming pool. It was very modern with a bubble pool and thermal foot spas you have to experience. The girls are good swimmers but please be aware there is no children’s pool at the hotel, but the pool is not too deep at 120 cm
There was also a very cool drench shower with the choice of birds singing being played at the heated setting and a thunderstorm during the cold setting. Other facilities in the leisure club were ice fountains, sauna and steam room.
The pool was quiet on both occasions we used it and the gym was of a high standard with some great quality fitness equipment. Many hotel gyms are very small but not at this Hilton, it’s one of the most impressive I have seen. Children were allowed in the pool between 9am and 7pm at weekends and between 9-12 and 2-7 during the week.
There is a relaxation area as you leave the leisure club offering complimentary drinks and magazines and was always a stop off for the girls to have their little cups of tea.
There were lots of sports teams staying at the hotel during our visit, we saw the England rugby league team and lots of premier league referees.
As the hotel is slightly off the beaten track in the middle of the countryside we decided to eat in the hotel. The children eat free with a paying adult in the lounge bar which was a more relaxed environment especially with children. Again for football and sport fans it was a great place to relax as there was always sport on the large screen television and the walls were adorned with sport related pictures.
There was a good range of items to choose from: burgers, club sandwiches, fish and chips, curry, pizza, steak sandwich etc.
The children’s meals were of a high standard and had the usual items found on a children’s menu such as fish and chips, pasta, chicken nuggets, burger etc.
What was great about this hotel was because if it’s size there was plenty of space for the children to run and explore.
We have stayed in many Hilton hotels across the world and this is one of the very best. We had such a wonderful stay and would happily stay here at the Hilton St Georges park again and definitely in an executive room as the lounge access made this hotel great value.
It’s a great hotel for families and its in a great location for lots of family attractions such as Drayton Manor, Twycross Zoo and Alton Towers.
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