It was our 8th Wedding Anniversary last weekend and we booked a one night stay at The Goodwood Hotel in West Sussex.
Since becoming parents our requirements have changed a little for our anniversary breaks – we used to like self catering in a town or village where we could explore a bit and then wander along to a local pub in the evening. Now we prefer to arrive somewhere, put down our bags and move as little from that spot as possible! We chose The Goodwood Hotel as it’s not far from where we live, it has a pool and a good wine list. These are all our priorities now – food, wine, pool, sleep and total lack of movement!
The Goodwood Hotel is based near Chichester in West Sussex and it is a great location to explore the local area. It has a selection of rooms varying from suites, to garden rooms with a terrace to signature double rooms – all rooms have ensuite bathrooms, modern furniture, cosy throws and a selection of books to read.
We stayed in a Garden Room and were impressed with the amount of space – the rooms have high ceilings, lots of light and are furnished beautifully. We had tea and coffee making facilities with delicious morning brew from Tea Pigs, lovely bathroom products from Elemis as well as a safe, hairdryer, ironing board and iron.
I’d recommend the rooms with a garden terrace – although it was cold when we were there it was great to be able to sit outside with a book and a cuppa.
We went for a swim in the pool and were also able to use the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room at the health club as part of our stay. You can also book in at the in house spa which is called The Waterbeach which has treatments for men and women from manicures to massages and all at very reasonable prices. I didn’t use the spa on this occasion but if we have the opportunity to go back I’ll be sampling from their treatment menu for sure.
The hotel offers a range of restaurants – The Richmond Arms, The Kennels and the Bar and Grill and as staying guests we were offered the chance to eat at all of them. We chose the Bar and Grill as we wanted something slightly more casual and we were delighted with our choice. The restaurant is open plan, warm and friendly with a good selection on main, light bites and dessert menus.
Our food arrived quickly and was delicious – I opted for the chicken burger (a rare treat for me as I’m trying to steer clear of bread) and my husband had steak. Both were cooked to perfection and the accompanying sides were very tasty as well. Add in a nice dessert, a few glasses of prosecco and a cup of tea to finish and we were very happy customers ready to slope off to bed for 12 hours sleep in a comfy bed.
The food is great, the rooms are nice and the hotel is lovely but the thing that makes The Goodwood Hotel exceptional is the staff. From the moment we were checked in by the helpful and professional front of house staff to the friendly and approachable manner of the team at the restaurant you are made to feel like they all really care about your stay. The small touches of some chocolates in our room to wish us happy anniversary, the knock at our door in the afternoon to check our room was ok and to give us a weather report the following day right the way through to the bigger efforts like a special dessert to help us celebrate our anniversary all added up to an astonishing level of service I’ve only come across a handful of times before.
The Goodwood Hotel is a wonderful place and at £205 for bed, breakfast and dinner for the both of us it also gives great value for money.
If you are looking for a getaway I’d highly recommend it and would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the hotel for making our weekend so wonderful.
5/5 – great value, great service and a lovely location.
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