Over the weekend I went away on a work trip to deliver some social media training with a colleague. It was a long old weekend, on Friday morning we drove up to Warrington (in total from Brighton to Warrington via Guildford it took about seven hours) and then when we arrived at our hotel we spent two hours running over our presentation. It was one of those evenings where I was so tired I felt sick and could barely keep my eyes open. We stayed at a Premier Inn, which was cheap and cheerful (the shower was amazing though!).
We delivered our first training session on Saturday morning in Warrington; and at lunchtime we then drove to south Birmingham for the afternoon’s training. When we finished at about 5pm we went on to our final hotel, the Abbey Hotel in Redditch. Set in the grounds of a golf course, it was a huge place. There were two restaurants on site, a bar and a health club with treatment rooms and a swimming pool (we tried to each have a beauty treatment following our long working weekend but it was closed by the time we got there, damn it!).
As we checked in at reception we were told that one of us had been given a room upgrade. I waited with baited breathe as she read out my name – YEESSSS! I had an executive suite and once I was given my keycard I practically ran all the way up to my room.
It was lovely: a big room with a kingsize bed and an ensuite bathroom containing a bath and separate shower cubicle. There was a small seating area with really comfortable armchairs, an array of magazines and sweets; while the tea making facilities included a coffee machine!
The bed was huge so I slept really well and the blackout blinds meant I almost slept through the night!
We had a really nice meal in one of the restaurants too. If I stayed in Redditch again I’d certainly go back to the Abbey Hotel.