Menzies Strathmore Bedfordshire Hotel

, Luton, United Kingdom
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Menzies Strathmore Bedfordshire Hotel

, Luton

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Arndale Centre - Luton - England - LU1 2TR - United Kingdom | 44 08703339138
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Great Luton hotel

from marmin
Had a great 2 night stay here.
Nice decor, very clean and comfortable room and friendly staff. Had dinner and breakfast and both were excellent. The bar and restaurant area is also a pleasant place to spend time in so no need to leave the hotel. Didn't use spa or pool so can't comment on these but did travel with others who said both were good. Really can't understand the negative comments on some reviews (unless they were prior to the refurb? in which case I cannot comment)
Only downside - the surrounding area isn't great - unless of course you like shopping in which case it's very well located. For a short stay or airport hotel I would definitely recommend it.


from tinterwebtim
I was a little apprehensive about staying at The Strathmore after reading some of of the reviews here, but we had left hotel accommodation for a wedding until the last minute, so needs must.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got there, the reception was clean and pleasant and the staff were friendly and helpful.

The room was comfortable and functional, if a little small. The bathroom fittings were nice, even if the bathroom itself was very small and required a bit of maneuvering to get in and out past the door. As someone else mentioned the shower filled the bath faster than the bath could drain and so I was wading around toward the end.

Breakfast was a bit of a shambles. While the fare that was advertised available was diverse, it was not replenished particularly often and so we were left with a poor selection, especially on the second morning when we had left coming down for breakfast until pretty late. (Morning after a wedding reception... I'm sure you understand. ;->) Also the staff seemed more intent on milling around looking mithered than they were in clearing the tables.

Also the pool and sauna were a pleasant bonus that you don't normally get in a hotel of this price range.

All in all, it was not a bad stay. Not the Ritz by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly not Fawlty Towers either. I have stayed in a lot worse.

One night was enough!

Stayed here for one night in June and was glad that was it!

To be fair to the hotel it is now 1000 times better than it was when it was a Thistle Hotel but it still needs to improve.

Reception does look nicely refurbished but unfortunately the quality of the staff does not match! I queued for over 20 minutes to check in, only to be told that my booking did not exist. Actually it transpired that my booking did exist but the reservations staff had not "got around" to putting it into the system. They then made me wait another 15 minutes whilst they did this.

I was told that I had a refurbished room. This was true and the room was very contemporary and it was nice (if a bit small). They had not finished the refurb though as there was no flat screen TV, just wires and a hole on the wall where it was supposed to be!

The bathroom was very small and required skilfull manouvering and the shower was one of those annoying ones where the bath filled up quicker than it drained and by the end of the shower I was standing in a foot of water!

There were problems with the keycard as it would not work meaning an extra 3 or 4 trips to reception to sort it out. They told me there was an ongoing problem.

Breakfast was shambolic. On arrival all of the tables were dirty so I had to get one cleaned. Then pretty much all of the food was needing to be replenished (It was only 8.30am). I asked the staff if they would get new hot food whilst I ate an awful fruit salad. 30 minutes later they had still not put out new hot breakfast! So I just left.

Luton is a horrible place and I really felt unsafe walking into the town at night. If I have to stay here again I will book the Days Inn or the Holiday Inn Express at the airport.

Not bad, pity about the town it is in

from Oranman
I booked on and got a twin for £50. The twin was a double bed and a camp bed on the floor in a pretty tiny room, but I have to say that the camp bed was really comfortable, so I have no real complaint, given the reasonable cost, and if you were booking a double only, it would have been perfectly adequate.

The reception is pretty nicely done up and the receptionist was very pleasant and efficient.

That was inside the hotel, but outside the hotel is a different story - perhaps I am doing the place a gross insult, but as far as I can see, Luton has nothing to recommend it. The entrance to the hotel is also the entrance to a pretty crumby multi story carpark, and the whole area feels pretty dodgy.

Overall, if you have to stay in Luton, I would not put you off the hotel, it is fine inside, but don't expect an architectural gem


from BallymacLass
Hotel was ok, reception very nice, lift worked a treat, hall was very warm, bedroom was nice, beds comfortable, en-suite was average - old fashioned, I wouldn't use the bath and luckily we only stayed one night. The swimming pool was out of order. We used the sauna, was talking to some local lads and they told us the pool has been out of use for a while, so that’s not so good.
Luton is a nice enough spot, good pub grub near shopping centre. According to local guys there’s a hotel across the road cheaper and nicer... can't remember name, sorry!
Staff - ok.

Dont be impressed by the Reception!

from JustKeepMoving
Absolutely AWFUL! The staff were very nice but the room was terrible, old furniture, soiled chair, peeling bath .. it worked out to £75 per night! Better off staying in the Easy Hotel across the road where everthing is brand new!

Pleasantly surprised

from Akaj
I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The room was clean and the staff were friendly. the breakfast was good and although situated in a city centre the noise levels were bearable.

Wow, what a difference the facelift has made

from shaunvl
New owners and they didn't disappoint with the refurbishment.

Lobby and bar very modern and had a great atmosphere.

Restaurant fully re-fitted and looks great. Good dinner menu with views over the town centre. Didn't have time for breakfast as early flight, but I'm sure it would have been good too.

Stayed in a newly refurbished bedroom. Very modern facilities and loved the bathroom - so clean.

Not to my taste

from thechiefy
Poor hotel. Decor in need of refurb which I'm told is now happening, parking unsafe!! I had my car broke into in the early hours although staff were very helpful not sure this should have happened. The main problem I had was the pool and gym area, as you've read in other reviews Luton is not the nicest of places and as one of the highest crime rates in the UK the hotel charge very low gym membership meaning you get a number of un desirables in the gym and pool who like to emphasise the fact that it's their pool. Choose this hotel as a last resort!!!

Not bad stay

from catninja
I found this hotel comfortable and clean with all the amenities that you would wish for. It was also exceptionally close to the University of Bedfordshire, which was my main reason for visiting Luton, which was great, and close to town, without being too noisy.

I would have given an above average review, but found the check in staff a bit slow, otherwise not a bad experience.

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Other names for Menzies Strathmore Bedfordshire Hotel

  • strathmore hotel luton
  • menzies strathmore luton
  • best western luton
  • Address: Arndale Centre - Luton - England - LU1 2TR - United Kingdom
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