Hotel in Detail:The West Lodge Park is a country mansion, though not strictly in the country, none the less the surrounding areas helps to create just such a feel. With its tree lined front drive and extensive landscaped grounds the hotel provides grandeur accommodation in its north London location. The extensive grounds contain an arboretum (open 14.00 till 17.00) with 100's of different shrubs' and trees (over 800) as well as a national collection of Hornbeam and Eleagnus. The hotel is also home to the Edward Beale collection of old master paintings and has an extensive collection of 17th century portraits.
Each of the guest rooms is decorated individually and comes with en-suite facilities (power shower, top brand toiletries). In-room amenities include flat screen television with freeview channels, complimentary wireless internet access, Trouser Press, Iron, tea/Coffee Maker, Safety Deposit Box, Radio, Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock, Telephone, heating, Work Desk, and Hairdryer.
Some bedrooms have four poster beds and many have views over the hotel gardens. A room service is available.
Executive and Four poster bedrooms have a walk-in shower in the majority of rooms. They also come with bathrobes and slippers, more toiletries and views over the grounds and Enfield Chase, Egyptian cotton linen sheets.
Luxury bedrooms come with Hypnos beds, air-conditioning and stocked mini-fridge. Four of the luxury rooms have a private patio area.
All guests in Chestnut Lodge (housing some of the luxury rooms) have exclusive access to their own private Jacuzzi and sauna area.
Evening turndown service on request.
Dining Options:The Mary Beale Restaurant: Contemporary setting with a feel of the hotels traditional origins with original Mary Beale paintings on the wall. Mary Beale was Britain's first professional woman painter. The restaurant offers a formal a la carte dining experience. Also serves breakfast, light menu and lunch. Most Fridays and weekends the hotel has a resident pianist providing background music.
Open: breakfast 07.00 till 09.30 (weekends 08.00 till 10.00), lunch 12.30 till 14.00, dinner 19.00 till 21.30 (Saturday 19.00 till 22.00, Sunday 19.00 till 21.00). Light menu served 10.00 till 10.45 (Saturday till 18.00, Sunday residents only).
The Terrace hotel bar serves light meals and snacks. The bar is also where English afternoon tea is served and on the open terrace weather permitting. Served 14.30 till 18.00 (Sunday 15.30 till 18.00).
7 meeting and function rooms cater for gatherings from small to large (up to 64).
Hotel guests have entrance passes to a nearby leisure club.
Reception remains open 24/7. The hotel has free WiFi internet access throughout.
No-smoking policy in public and private areas of the hotel including bedrooms.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Railway Station: Hadley Wood 0.8 miles (1.3 km), Tube Station: Cockfosters 1.4 miles (2.2 km), Motorway: M25 Junction 24 1.3 miles (2.1 km).
Between Cockfosters and Potters Bar and within 35 acres of its own open grounds is the West Lodge Park. In the northern part of Barnet which is a north London suburb with is a middle to upper class residential area. Just under 1 mile to the south is Trent Park Country Park which is 3.8 km² and joins onto Trent Park Golf Course. There is a golf course even nearer to the hotel, Hadley Wood Golf course which is 0.3 miles away. Its just over 2 miles to the west for the high street shopping in Barnet. The M25 motorway which encircles London is just over 1 mile to the north giving good links also to the the M11, M1 and M4 motorways. Just over 1 mile from the hotel is Cockfosters tube station which goes directly into central London (around 30 minutes) and out to Heathrow airport. Local attractions include Barnet Museum (2.2 miles), Potters Bar Museum (2.4 miles), Myddelton House Gardens (4.2 miles) (view unusual plants) and Capel Manor Gardens (4.4 miles) (series of themed gardens).
Parking: Available onsite
Bedroom Numbers: 59
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm) till 20.00 (8 pm)
Check-out: 11.00 am
This hotel has averaged a score of 4.45 out of 5 by 2008 past guests
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Parking:Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are not allowed.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 89% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 4 star hotels is 80%. Therefore this hotel is well above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole.
Milesfaster ranking: 188th from 865 London hotels, and 70th of 333 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Also close by and a similar hotel (3.0 miles, 4.8 km) would be the 3 star Ramada London South Mimms, whose lowest rates start at about £33 and which has a 74% guest satisfaction rating. The Ramada London South Mimms also offers: free WiFi.Howabout an alternative hotel that has scores higher in guest reviews? Then the 4 Star The Oaks Guest House ticks many of the right boxes, and some 3.1 miles (5.0 km) from this hotel. The Oaks Guest House has an extremely high guest rating of 98%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Local hotels analysed:The closest fifty hotels around this area (Cockfosters Road, EN4 postcode) that are listed on this website cover a 9.3 miles (15.0 km) radius. The star rating breakdown shows 16 four star hotels (average rating 81%), 31 three star hotels (average rating 79%), 2 two star hotels (average rating 62%) and 1 one star hotel (rated 90%). Top 4 star hotel is Bay Tree House B&B at 99%. Top rated of the local hotels is Kandara Guest House (3 star) at 100%.
Base Rates: Here we breakdown the starting rates (base rates) by overall average and by star rating. However base rates do not take account of special offers and one off deals so are just a guide. Looking at all the base rates of the 50 local hotels the average rate is £72 per night. Rates range from £34 at Travelodge Borehamwood (3 Star, 80%) and the Ibis Elstree Borehamwood (3 Star, 81%) and the highest rates top out at £161 at Marriott London Regents Park Hotel (4 Star, 84%). The following are the rate averages per star level: Four Star average: £81, Three Star average: £68, Two Star average: £49 and One Star average: £118.
We use a proprietary algorithm to rank hotels based on user reviews but adjusting for contributing factors. We rank West Lodge Park Hotel - Barnet 9th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 4th (joint) for the 16 four star hotels in the area. Our ranking for sheer lowest base rates is 38th of 50 (10th (joint) of 16 four star hotels.). To give an overall ranking compared to hotels nearby we combine the rating and base rate scores which gives this hotel a ranking of 13th of 34 for sheer bang for buck (Ibis Elstree Borehamwood was top).
History:Owned by the Beale family since 1945.
The West Lodge Park mansion has 100's of years history and has seen royal visitors in its past. In 1557 by Queen Elizabeth I, by James I and by Charles I.