I’d heard various things about Brooklands Hotel before: people had always given it excellent reviews on the events front, and it had been featured at several events and venues exhibitions I had visited in the past. Their branded photo holder is sitting on my desk as I type. Sadly, it’s quite out of the way for me, without a car, located between West Byfleet and Weybridge, opposite Mercedes Benz World (which I’m also told has fantastic events facilities), so I hadn’t had the opportunity to visit it yet.
Luckily, that was remedied.
I believe I actually said “Wow” out loud when I stepped into the foyer. The three-floor-high ceiling gives the space a very modern and open feel, and the grey, brown and red décor added colour to the room without being dated. Situated on the site of the Brooklands race track popular in the 20s and 30s, the artwork consisted of modern interpretations of winding races and sleek cars.
Unfortunately, the event I was there planning was a networking event, which would fit in best in one of their open areas – the 1907 bar-restaurant, the hotel side-lobby, or the Meeting and Events bar. For this reason, I didn’t get to see any of the conference suites, nor did I visit any of the bedrooms – all of which look stunning on the hotel’s website.
However, there are, to be honest, a huge number of beautiful hotels in Surrey. What stood out for me was their above-and-beyond customer service. From the free wifi (free from both cost and irritating log-on data capture pages) to the barman bringing over honey and lemon when he noticed me having a small coughing fit, the visit was completely stress-free, and in fact stress-relieving.
As soon as I get a car, Brooklands Hotel will be the first place I book for a full venue visit. To all those planning events in Surrey who don’t mind travelling a little out of the town centre, I already feel confident recommending the Brooklands Hotel, based just on this short encounter.
All photos from the Brooklands Hotel website gallery.
Note: this blog post originally featured on www.socialquirk.co.uk.