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The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby raesewell » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:28 pm

Melanie and I have been aware of Wetherspoons hotels for quite some time now, but never used one.
I stayed in my first back in July when I went to Bridgend to pick up the FJR.
The hotels have a different entrance to the pub, so you don't have to walk through the pub to check in.
This weekend we went to Kings Lynn and Shrewsbury and stayed at the Wetherspoons Hotel in both places and I have nothing but praise for both the standard and quality of the rooms and the friendly helpfulness of the staff. The staff at all of the establishments were genuinely friendly, not the normal McDonalds "have a nice day" friendly.
The prices were reasonable we paid £64 for Saturday and £39 for Sunday.

So if you are looking for somewhere to stay, include Wetherspoons in your search, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:05 pm

Thanks Rae!
I don't think we have Weatherspoon's Hotels in Scotland yet but that is good to know!
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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby raesewell » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:05 pm

Take a look Ced apparently you have seven
https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs?type=hotels

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The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:47 pm

Hey - you're right!

They have their own hotel names when I was expecting to see something like the Weatherspoon Hilton!

I note the Cross Keys in Peebles which is probably my nearest - might look in sometime soon!
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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby raesewell » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:52 pm

I'm sure if you ask the reception staff they will let you take a peek at one of the rooms.

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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:58 pm

Yes - might do!

We have a Weatherspoon pub in Dumfries 'The Robert the Bruce' which has a good reputation for food at good prices but no hotel as yet.
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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby raesewell » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:55 am

I'm not sure they have plans to turn all Wetherspoons into hotels. You could give Tim Martin a buzz and ask him :razz:

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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:58 am

I'm not sure they have plans to turn all Wetherspoons into hotels. You could give Tim Martin a buzz and ask him :razz:
He says..............

Some of the pubs are not suitable to be turned into hotels or did/would not get planning permission to do so.
A lot of the pubs/hotels are Listed Buildings.

Wetherspoon's owns a chain of hotels (known until 17 September 2009 as "Wetherspoon Lodges" or "WetherLodges" and since then as "Wetherspoon Hotels") in the UK. As of 2015, there are now 34 hotels in total in England, Wales and Scotland.
In September 2015 Wetherspoons bought the Grade II* Listed Art Deco State Cinema in Grays, Essex which had been under threat of damage by vandalism and water ingress for a number of years.

The J D Wetherspoon name comes from one of his teachers in New Zealand who could not control his class.
Contrary to popular belief, the Wetherspoon name did not come from the teacher telling him that he would never succeed in business. The name came from when he was running his first pub in Muswell Hill. He decided to call it Wetherspoon's after the former teacher - not because the teacher in question at his primary school in New Zealand had said he would never make it, as some people think, but because he was too nice a fellow to be running our particular class and he couldn't control it. So he thought: I can't control the pub, he couldn't control the class, so I'll name it after him.

A very nice chap.

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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby raesewell » Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:11 pm

See Ced I told you he would let you know =D> :razz:

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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby mw3230 » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:39 am

I've had a look at some of the hotels in the north and the Borders and they don't seem to offer suitable parking for bikes. Most refer to public parking nearby - perhaps not surprising given that they tend to be town centre buildings - but I prefer to have my bike a bit more secure
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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby raesewell » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:41 am

I had no trouble in either place with parking. The one in Kings Lynn turned into a nightclub in the evening and the bike was parked outside and nobody took a blind bit of notice of the bike. Which has been my experience anywhere I have parked. Including some major European cities.
Other people are not as interested in your bike as you are.

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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:16 am

That is my experience too -

I left my bike on the pavement for 3 days in the centre of Barcelona by a nightclub next to the hotel and nobody touched it.
For some reason the hotel would not let me put it in their underground garage so I parked it right outside the hotel entrance.
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Re: The Wetherspoons Experience

Postby raesewell » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:37 am

Yes Ced as already said, Melanie and I have done some extensive travelling in the UK and Europe and nobody gives as much as a sideways glance at the bike.
On the odd occasion if I am standing by the bike someone may say in passing "nice bike". This year at our first comfort break in Germany a little German man came up to us as we were getting on the bike and he was interested in where we had been and where we were going, no interest in the bike at all.
I do believe that many bike owners limit there options because they have this morbid fear of someone touching their bike. My experience tells me otherwise.
Having said that I do make sure the bike has its disk lock on so as not to invite trouble.


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