Brooklands Hotel Weybridge

Brooklands Hotel, perfect location for car, spa and plane fans

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One massive advantage that non-London hotels have over their capital city rivals is space, and our suite at Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey, was certainly one of the largest I’ve stayed in.

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The Brooklands hotel in Weybridge has 131 bedrooms and isn’t short on space
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The huge reception lobby of the hotel entrance, just opposite the Brooklands racetrack

The vast central lounge in our ‘super suite’ had a large, glass dining table, a huge sofa, a separate study area with a desk, a bank of fitted wardrobes surrounding another desk, a bathroom with a bath and walk-in shower, and a massive balcony running the length of the suite. Oh yes, and a double bedroom with yet more chairs and desks. It was extremely roomy.

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Many of the bedrooms at Brooklands Hotel have huge windows to make the most of the view
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Our suite, the Kay Petre, was vast, with a massive lounge, a study, a bathroom, bedroom and balcony overlooking the race-track

The Brooklands Hotel is a four-star, 131 bedroom art deco-style hotel built on the site of the original Brooklands racetrack. Opened in 1907, the Brooklands track was the scene of the earliest motor-racing in the UK during the 1920s and 1930s (remember those racing scenes in Downton Abbey? They were filmed at Brooklands). While the original track closed in 1939, guests at the hotel have a great view of cars zooming round the Mercedes-Benz track which is at the front of the hotel.

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The hotel overlooks the Mercedes-Benz test track, while the original Brooklands track can be seen behind the hotel

For those who are looking for a rather more relaxing break than driving on skid pans, there’s a hotel spa which has nice balcony with a hot tub so you can enjoy an al fresco jacuzzi to the distant roar of car engines.

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The outdoor hot tub – soon to be replaced by an even bigger one

There’s no pool but there is a sauna, steam room and relaxation room and a whole variety of pampering treatments on offer – I had a very nice 80 minute Jane Scrivner signature treatment which included body-brushing, firming serum, a facial and a hot stone massage.

Being in the same building meant we could pad back from the spa to our room in slippers and fluffy robes which felt very civilised.

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Our room was designed in a business-like style with various plane ornaments dotted around

Surprisingly for a hotel room named after a woman – Kay Petre, one of the first female stars of motor-racing – the room felt incredibly masculine, with dark colours and minimalist-style decoration (except for the occasional model plane) but it was slick and smart and clean.

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lobster somethingDinner downstairs at the 1907 restaurant downstairs was perfectly adequate if not especially memorable – the scallops were good as was the fillet steak, and there were flashes of invention such as the ‘lobster bagel benedict’ but the stark decor did make it feel like a business hotel. However things picked up at the bar for post-dinner cocktails which were excellently served by friendly staff.

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The bar continued the motoring and aviation theme, with plane propellers a central feature

Having an early morning coffee the next morning while relaxing in the sun on our private balcony was a great start to the day. Breakfast was a buffet and judging by the other guests, the hotel is very popular with business travellers, being a few miles from the M25. It also has an impressive array of conference rooms and thus manages to cater for the corporate guests during the week and the spa-and-racing crowd at the weekends.

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Concorde, now retired and living in Brooklands Museum
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A girl can dream…

Car fanatics will love racing around the track as well as visiting the three-storey Mercedes-Benz showroom, while a retired Concorde and other planes are just next door at the world-famous Brooklands Museum. Dozens of classic cars, buses and planes (including Concorde) can be seen at the Brooklands Museum opposite the hotel.

So whether you’re inspired by Top Gear, Top Gun or want to treat the petrolhead in your life with a spin around the track while you wave at them from your hot tub, the Brooklands Hotel is the ideal location.

Brooklands Hotel, Brookland Track, Weybridge, Surrey  KT13 0SL
01932 335700
info@brooklandshotelsurrey.com

Rooms from £139 a night

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Sarah Bridge

Sarah Bridge

Every review is personally researched and written by leisure expert Sarah Bridge who, when she is not writing about leisure for a national newspaper, spends her time seeking out the best leisure experiences, from city centre boutique hotels to country house estates, Michelin-starred dining to the newest openings.
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