Location: Haunch Ln, Lea Marston, Sutton Coldfield B76 0BY
The Lea Marston Hotel situated in Sutton Coldfield, a 20-minute drive from Birmingham city centre itself, is an enjoyable 4* experience with a choice of spa and gym facilities included within the price of the room, what’s not to love. Whether you want a massage or to play a round of golf the hotel has plenty of offerings for you to indulge in. The hotel has recently undergone a variety of refurbishments which has revamped their on-site Hathaway’s pub and also a complete revamp of the reception area along with the Aurtrim bar and conference rooms. In a secluded with location surrounded by grounds which are great to explore, sit in within the summer months and of course play a round or two of golf.
On the day of our stay, Rob and I arrived and were able to easily park as there is a huge on-site car park, as we had both booked treatments, these were first up and I went straight in to enjoy my treatments which were a deep tissue back massage and an Elemis facial, I paid £70 for two treatments which were 55 minutes in total, the massage was amazing one of the best I’ve ever had and I enjoyed the facial too. The only thing I would suggest for the facial is to be advised what Elemis products are being used and what for, as I’ve had them in the past and been told what was used throughout, it would be interesting to learn more about the products for possible purchases in the future. Whilst I was in the treatment room, Rob went to explore the spa and see what it had to offer. After my treatments, I headed to the reception desk to ask if I could check in a little bit early and they were super lovely about it and gave me our room number and key. Also during this time I also set up a tab for all of my drinks and other things I may do whilst staying at the Lea Marston. Then it was time to find the room. The hotel is mostly on the lower floor with a few separate rooms upstairs which makes the hotel super accessible. Our room was the very last one at the far end of the hotel, which felt like it was forever away, however, when we made it, it was worth the walk.
For a deluxe room, the quality of the things within the room was amazing, including a flat-screen TV with Sky, an amazing shower, a heated towel rail, lots of lovely mirrors, gorgeous bathroom and some magazines on the table. Along with a variety of tea and coffee and an offering of biscuits and fresh milk can be provided if wanted. The room had plenty of plugs, as well as USB plugs on the wall to allow you to be able to charge a variety of things at once. After putting down my stuff, I saw Rob had phoned me and was trying to find me, I had texted him to tell him the room number but he never got this. We quickly realised that within the room we couldn’t get any phone signal or 3G/Wifi, which I did find quite annoying. I did plan on doing some story updates from the hotel and tweets but was unable to do so, plus neither of us could message our other halves. Even without the phone signal, the room was advised to have great wifi which didn’t connect for us at all.
Once we had unpacked we hopped into the car and headed to Pesto which was nearby and I was so happy to find one outside the Trafford Centre. We ate food there (a lot of it) and then headed back to the hotel to enjoy the spa. I did find the food to be a little pricey on-site, especially for the main meal which is why we looked elsewhere, however, all day I was tempted by room service. The hotel itself has some really cool decor and statement pieces which I enjoyed to look at.
I was super excited to head to the spa once our food had rested, however, as I ate so much for dinner we decided to do some walking around before heading off to the spa. There were so many lovely areas in the hotel to explore and we looked through the newly refurbished Hathaway’s bar, and I fell in love with the amazing umbrellas on the ceiling as they’re so quirky and brightened up the room. We also had a look around the Atrium bar and decided we’d head back later for a drink.
Finally, we had rested our food enough to enjoy the spa, the changing rooms within the spa are great, with lots of lockers which allow you to use them by entering a code set by you, so it’s great not to have to carry around a key or find a coin. The spa itself has one large pool which is the same depth at both ends which threw me a little. A spa pool which is essentially a Jacuzzi without the heat. There is a fully air conditioned gym which looks out on to the spa and then finally sits a steam room and a sauna. The health club is open quite late so I think we picked a great time to go. We hit up the steam room first which actually made me feel amazing, my skin still feels good now which is amazing. After washing off we went between the spa pool and the swimming pool for a while before heading back into the steam room. All of the facilities were kept well, spacious and you felt relaxed and able to enjoy your surroundings.
We dried off, went back to the room to drop our stuff off and then headed to the newly refurbished Atrium Bar, it is a super modern room with a great feel to it. Due to the day in which we went it was fairly chill but I enjoyed the atmosphere within. We both enjoyed soft drinks and popped them on my tab. After a couple of hours we headed back to the hotel room and watched some TV, it is great to have Sky as you are able to explore more channels. When it came to going to sleep we decided to switch the aircon on due to how hot we both get in our sleep, however, we had no idea how to do so as there weren’t any instructions. I decided to attempt to figure it out but after 10 minutes I gave up attempting to do so. The room was pretty stuffy that night as the duvets were super thick (comfy, but thick) and I felt like it could have been avoided with some instructions. The beds, on the other hand, were luxury, the linen felt amazing and the bed itself was like a dream. However due to the heat sadly, this meant I didn’t have the best sleep and when I woke up at 7am I decided to watch some TV. When Rob awoke we headed for breakfast and we were both super excited as we are huge breakfast fans.
We were quickly seated at breakfast and offered a variety of different tables to sit at. Then we were offered hot drinks, we both decided to get coffee and then I headed off to my favourite part of all buffet breakfasts the toaster. I grabbed two slices of white bread and popped them in the toaster. Nex,t to the toaster, they had tons of condiments which you can’t fault. Despite it only being about 45 minutes into breakfast time a lot of the food appeared to have gone before we arrived and wasn’t refilled. The pastry box had tons of choice but only appeared to have the scraps left which were disappointing as they tasted stale also, I wondered if this was due to it being during the week. Rob decided to get lots of fruit and some cereal and was made up of the choices on offer. Being a vegan Rob did find it hard with the hotter options for what he could have. I am a vegetarian, so I went for beans, toast, eggs and hash browns. The eggs were amazing, I could have eaten them for days. However, sadly the hash browns weren’t cooked properly. The hot choices on offer were sausage, fried egg, scrambled egg, bacon, beans, black pudding and mushroom so there is a wide choice of options to choose from.
Throughout breakfast, I had my fair share of juices and I also had an apple and a few pieces of cheese, yum! Once we had both finished we headed back to our room and packed to go home (via an Ikea detour). When it came to checking out, our bill seemed massively over what it was supposed to be, turns out they forgot to remove the treatment in which Rob had and paid for at the time, which was an extra £40. As we only had the drinks put on the tab alongside my treatment it was £79 in total which I was pretty happy with. We said our goodbyes and headed out of the door. I left feeling a lot more relaxed and happier than when I went in the previous day and would go back for another spa day for sure!
*I was kindly gifted bed and breakfast at Lea Marston Hotel for 2 in exchange for this review, however, all thoughts are my own and completely honest based on our experience*