Today’s article is based on my friend Michael’s stay at The Langley. Thanks to Michael for all the great photos and videos. If you love Vegas or are planning a trip there, make sure you check out his website TravelZork.
Booking and rates
The Langley is by no means cheap if you pay cash. A summer weekend night will set you back around £450 and an off-peak midweek room around £360. The bargain with this hotel is definitely with a points stay. The hotel is only Category 6 in Marriott Bonvoy. When Michael stayed in the winter, just before Christmas, he paid 35,000 points. Pricing is now dynamic and the base price has risen to 40,000 which still very good value. The points price goes up to 60,000 points in the summer on a weekend. Although there were certain weekends already showing as having no points bookings available.
Michael received a free upgrade to the Brewhouse garden terrace room, as a Marriott Bonvoy Gold. Originally, Michael had agreed the upgrade for his wife’s birthday at a daily charge of £75.00. The hotel even sent some flowers for her birthday too.
The Langley hotel is located in Iver, Buckinghamshire, not far from Heathrow but in a rural area. If you wanted to go exploring, it’s also very close to Windsor and Eton which have plenty of attractions such as Go Ape, Legoland Windsor Theme Park, Cliveden House National Trust and Pinewood Studios
The hotel can arrange a variety of activities from falconry on an English estate, to horse riding in Great Windsor Park and learning how to play polo.
The hotel is situated in the former manor home of the third Duke of Marlborough on 150 acres of formal gardens and parklands originally designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Despite the grandeur, the hotel is pretty small with only 41 rooms spread across the main buildings and a separate building called the Brewhouse. This makes a huge difference as it means no area is ever very crowded. It’s almost like having your own country estate!
Here are some photos of the reception area and lobby:
Michael stayed in a Brewhouse garden room. If you like outdoor space, these are one of the best with sliding doors leading to a private garden terrace complete with a retractable awning and outdoor heater.
The room was well equipped with an Illy coffee machine,
And even a Japanese style toilet
The bathrooms are modern and elegant in grey marble with a deep soaking bathtub.
Dining and bars
Since the hotel has a small number of guests it only has a limited choice of restaurants, but there is enough to give a little variety.
Breakfast was a particular highlight of Michael’s stay both in the restaurant and on room service.
Dinner was also very good here and in a fine dining style with fresh seasonal produce being a focus.
Michael loved the Churchill bar and particularly the cigar bar area. The Churchill serves light meals as well as drinks and a rare choice of cigars stored in a custom humidor. The cocktails were delicious and beautifully presented.
The burgers were also particularly good in The Churchill.
You can also get healthy snacks and drinks in the spa lounge.
Spa and gym
The spa is definitely one of the highlights of the hotel. Although it may not have as many facilities as one of my other favourites The Pennyhill Park, it is much more intimate as well as more elegant.
The spa has the usual facilities with a few extra touches. There is a hammam, an amethyst crystal steam room and a Himalayan salt sauna. You can then cool off with the ice fountain or one of the experience showers. The spa is free to use but there are family-friendly specific times for swimming.
If you fancy a dip, then you can cool off in the indoor infinity-edge swimming pool or the vitality pool (hydrotherapy type pool). Most importantly, if you want to feel like you are on holiday, there is an outdoor pool to hopefully sun yourself next to and pretend you are somewhere more exotic!
The modern gym is well equipped with fitness programs designed by Matt Roberts and even has a Prama area you can use with video instructions. Training sessions and classes are available for an extra fee.