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Old Dec 30, 18, 10:13 am
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Just wine and some nuts and crisps. But yes, complimentary wine.
Do you remember what kind?
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Old Dec 30, 18, 11:23 am
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Do you remember what kind?
They had a red (which I did not have) and a Chilean chardonnay which was quite passable. Did not look at the red, as I was more in the mood for a glass (or multiple thereof) of white. Only went one evening.
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They had a red (which I did not have) and a Chilean chardonnay which was quite passable. Did not look at the red, as I was more in the mood for a glass (or multiple thereof) of white. Only went one evening.
I always think these are missed opportunities. With England producing more and more award-winning wine it would be a great opportunity for a property to offer something local or, at least, regional. The same for other hotels in wine-growing areas.
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I always think these are missed opportunities. With England producing more and more award-winning wine it would be a great opportunity for a property to offer something local or, at least, regional. The same for other hotels in wine-growing areas.
Agree, but the English wines are probably too expensive for this kind of use. While I have had some interesting English wines, I'd say that apart from the novelty effect the price did not really stand to reason with performance. But as production develops, I am sure that will rectify.
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there were two elipticals, two treadmills, one recumbent and one spin bike and one non-motorized, self-generated, curved treadmill (AssaultFitness), no rowers.

I thought advertising "St Paul's view" room and assigning a "view" room (as they are marked "view" in their system) without it was one of their teething problems and I noticed they stopped selling "St Paul's View" shortly afterwards.

It was a surprise that a restaurant who markets itself as epicurean had no breakfast potatoes, no capers for salmon and no multigrain bread. Hash browns as well as omelets can be ordered for a reduced charge by Platinums. Call me picky but it's not a breakfast I would lose time for in the morning or pay extra. Evening wine hour (a la Andaz) had an Italian wine during out stay (Bianco Delle Venezie, Le Pianure, Friuli, 2017, Friulano they sell it for 13GBP a glass, 25 a bottle and is the cheapest white on their wine list).

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Evening wine hour (a la Andaz) had an Italian wine during out stay (Bianco Delle Venezie, Le Pianure, Friuli, 2017, Friulano they sell it for 13GBP a glass, 25 a bottle and is the cheapest white on their wine list).
And they're probably serving whatever was left open from the night before.
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And they're probably serving whatever was left open from the night before.
At least when I was there they brought out and opened the bottles, so they were not leftovers, unless it was something they wanted to clear from stock.
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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post
It was a surprise that a restaurant who markets itself as epicurean had no breakfast potatoes, no capers for salmon and no multigrain bread. Hash browns as well as omelets can be ordered for a reduced charge by Platinums. Call me picky but it's not a breakfast I would lose time for in the morning or pay extra.
This is why Marriott's Autograph Collection, Tribute Portfolio and even Luxury Collection brands can be so inconsistent.

There are some genuinely great properties. The Majestic, Autograph Collection in Kuala Lumpur is a good example. It's probably a better fit as a Luxury Collection property. The Mayflower, Autograph Collection in Washington is nice but it also a weird property, partly because it was previously a Renaissance. It's also a huge, full-service hotel, which isn't necessarily what you think of when you think Autograph Collection. Meanwhile, there are other properties that fall way short in service and even food-and-beverage.

When I think of independent, boutique hotels, my basic requirements and expectations beyond thoughtful design and style is a good bar and -- if there is food -- high quality food.

I would put the Morrison House, Autograph Collection; Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino, Autograph Collection; and The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection in the category of disappointing food-and-beverage options. (In the case of the Sortis, it's another weird property for Autograph.)

It sounds as if the Bankside, Autograph Collection may fall into the category of not having food-and-beverage to match the otherwise good visual and hard products.
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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post

It was a surprise that a restaurant who markets itself as epicurean had no breakfast potatoes, no capers for salmon and no multigrain bread. Hash browns as well as omelets can be ordered for a reduced charge by Platinums. Call me picky but it's not a breakfast I would lose time for in the morning or pay extra. Evening wine hour (a la Andaz) had an Italian wine during out stay (Bianco Delle Venezie, Le Pianure, Friuli, 2017, Friulano they sell it for 13GBP a glass, 25 a bottle and is the cheapest white on their wine list).
The selection of the buffet is indeed not wide, but I find the quality very good. Especially the bread was really good quality.

If I was on vacation and wanted a long and big breakfast before heading out, I might want more selection. But even then, for most days I would not fall short here.
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