Gloucester spa break

As it was half term, I wanted to go away last minute. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anywhere cheap to go but instead I decided to go on a spa break with a friend. After looking around for deals, we managed to book a night away the day before leaving. Yes, that is pretty last minute.

Waking up early, we drove up to Gloucester via Bristol. We wanted to explore some shops and knew that Bristol would have everything we needed plus we could catch up with another friend for lunch, who lived there.

When we arrived at the hotel and spa complex, we were warmly welcomed at reception, where we received our keys to our room. After enjoying a cuppa with a chocolatey, crunch biscuit in our twin-bed room, we decided to leave for Gloucester quays. Following Google maps can be confusing, resulting in turning backwards and forward to find the car park. Even though we originally wanted to eat in an Italian restaurant, we settled for Mexican. After I had a mushroom quesadilla, which was so tasty (it was the first time I had tried one of these), we decided to go to the cinema.

Relaxing back in our hotel room, we got ready for bed when it turned into a funny episode. My friend investigated under the bed sheets, pretending to be a hotel clean inspector, discovering hairs on top of the mattress protector. Then I freaked out a little so I had to look under mine. We thought it would be amusing to ring reception to complain, where they sent a made with new bed sheets (which just showed us that they don’t change the mattress protector). I felt sorry for this house keeper as reception had sent her to do their dirty work. After some initial thought, we moved to the room opposite, taking all the hotel luxuries from the previous room. Just to check, my friend looked under the cover but to our dismay, there were hairs under there. You would have thought they would check before sending us there, especially as we had just complained about it. As it was late, we thought there was not point mentioning it again that night as we could discover the same in a different room. (However, I didn’t look under my covers as I didn’t want to know what I was sleeping on until the morning, where I found that it was hair free. PHEW!).

In the morning, we strolled into the restaurant to have breakfast (which was included in the price). I was extremely disappointed in the quality and service. First of all, we were place on a table where there were already customer sitting there ( the funniest thing was when we sat down after getting our food, another couple had be seated in exact same place – must have been the waitress favourite table), there wasn’t a massive selection compared to the list in the menu and if the pan with food in got low, instead of replacing it, the fresh food got shoved on top.

Anyway, we checked out, where we mentioned to the manager about our room but he was very defensive about it. I also thought he didn’t believe us so he went to check the hairs on our beds. He did sort of apologise but kept repeating ‘Well we don’t change the mattress protection and there’s alway going to be wear and tear.’ Yes I completely agree but if they are changing the covers ( which they are doing), you would notice if there were large blacks hairs that need to be cleared. In the end, he wanted to offer us lunch but after the terrible breakfast, we had to refuse so he eventually gave us half price off the whole package. Win win.

Then we went to enjoy a lovely, relaxing massage, which was what I needed. To continue the relaxation, we indulged ourselves in the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, which were pretty standard (but looked a lot shabbier than the picture online – must have been take when it first opened).

Overall it was lovely to get away from normal surrounds, spend time with one of the bestie and relax at the end of a half term before starting school again.

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