Hotels that seem like they’re floating, hotels that are so high they dissappear into the heavens, hotels that appear to have more gold than cement. I’ve seen it all. You can show me the finest, the slickest cars and the most exquisite food, however if it lacks good customer service, how about we just call it a wrap!
Myself and my partner in crime entered the grounds thanking God we arrived by taxi. For what Google maps said was a 20 mins walk, turned out to be a 20 minutes of drive! We arrived all the same, but it was clear you need to drive to the hotel or take a taxi from the station.
Upon arrival we were extremely tired and also slightly late! My experience with other hotels has usually been staff telling me all the things I’ve missed out on due to time. So to enter the hotel with a wide-eyed, smile beaming receptionist slightly threw me off guard. The staff were more than accommodating and let us know they had moved our reservation forward and once settled took us to our seats.
We would dine at The Waterfront Resturant where we would enjoy a 3 course meal from the A la Carte menu.
For starters we were served Chargrilled black tiger prawn, sticky barbecue pork belly, sweetcorn puree and sweetcorn salsa. Nothing short of divine with flavours and textures complimenting each other, left, right and centre. Food fireworks if ever there were! Next up were mains. I had slow cooked shoulder of lamb, fondant potatoes, butternut squash purée and aubergine sambal. The lamb was so soft and tender, seasoned right to the bone.
Lastly was desert – which completely sealed the deal! Toffee apple mille-feuille and caramel ice cream – yes I know you’re drooling. Exquisite!
From the hospitality of the staff to the chef making sure our food came nothing short of perfect. The kitchen meet our specific needs (well, wants) which was truly bellywarming! The Waterfront Hotel was a 5* experience all round.
So it was off to sleep! The rooms were modern and complete with a fresh bowl of fruit and water for guests. The beds were ever so soft I woke up thinking I was still asleep.
Behold a new day and breakfast was just as enticing as dinner the previous night. Our plates were compact and full of all your favourite breakfast trimmings. From oats to cereals or the full shabang!
Breakfast reaffirmed just how incredibly friendly and accommodating the staff were in making sure guests had a great experience all round.
The food reminded me of sweet memories of a time I thought I could cook breakfast. A dream maybe. Maybe the dream I had about breakfast that night on their coma inducing beds. Ok I digress.
After breakfast we explored the hotels grounds, full of lakes and scenic greenery. The old fashioned decor laced with clean designs gave the hotel a warm and open feel. A combination of modern and old. There were such a mixed demographic at the hotel, from ladies on hen weekends to couples taking time out to retreat. It seemed like a hotel for all.
Our nack for entering the party quite late did not work however with the spa. It was in demand. Fully booked. We were however given a tour. Boy did we regret it.
Our jaws dropped. Tears filled our eyes. The tour finishing with us leaving at least satisfied we were able to see the facilities (they even had a slipper bay – a car park but for slippers – genius!)
I left the spa with a Schwarzenegger- type demeanour about me. Everything within me wanting to scream at the spa doors as they closed on us. I thought “I’ll be back”.
We left feeling strangely satisfied. The lovely staff bidding us farewell. Though the spa remained in ours minds, the service was at the forefront. I think they were quite possibly, the nicest staff I’ve encountered.
Wyboston Lakes Hotel, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL