All of my hotel stays until now have been leading up to this incredible stay at Macdonald Windsor Hotel. I was kindly invited to Windsor for the weekend to kick back, relax and soak up the surroundings. The best thing about this visit is the fact that the hotel is located quite literally opposite Windsor Castle. It really was a spectacular weekend and nothing could prepare me for when we finally got to our hotel room.
We quickly dropped our bags off at the concierge before heading out. One of the most memorable things was having a person collect our car from outside the Macdonald private car park and to take my car underground. This meant my car was kept safe overnight and I didn’t have to worry about parking fees! I loved this beautiful little set up when you walk into the hotel lobby. They demonstrate the style of Afternoon Tea they serve which we were also lucky to experience on the Sunday.
We spent the morning walking around Windsor Castle with our headsets on, being proper little tourists. It was nice to put my phone away for a bit and have a walk around. The tour lasted around 3 hours and it started to rain part way through. Luckily for us, we were able to dodge it by staying inside the castle walls. It was such a beautiful afternoon once the clouds and rain cleared. I would highly recommend taking a trip to Windsor if you haven’t done so before, you’d be amazing at how much history and culture there is to the Royal Family.
When I swiped the key card in, I was so excited because as you know, I’m a full on hotel blogger nerd. I was told upon arrival that we were given access to the Executive Suite for the night, and oh boy, was it gorgeous. Priced at around £231 per night, it was the size of the room which took us back. I didn’t expect the room to have that much glamour. As promised, the suite offers the ‘ultimate stay’, designed for pure relaxation and complete indulgence. The high ceilings combined with a spacious contemporary bathrooms with under floor heating was the cherry on top of a perfectly delicious cake. These pictures speak words that I can’t!
Our suite faced out towards the high street and had a views of the historic town of Royal Windsor. The luxurious king size bed with Egyptian linen and duvet completely won me over, but it was the separate ‘lounge’ area I couldn’t believe we had for the night. All rooms in the hotel have, comfy chairs, with a separate workspace next to the bed with climate control. Not only that, our room also had free WiFi, tea, coffee and mineral water, a bluetooth speaker, flat screen TV and fully stocked mini bar. You also had the option of having breakfast in bed which is something I’ve been craving but Josh didn’t allow us to do it as he prefers to experience the breakfast bar. Still, life of luxury, right?
Executive Suite Bathroom
My favourite part of any hotel stay is the bathroom. I spend at least 80% of my time in the baths so I always look forward to soaking in bubbles with a cup of tea (or champagne if available). The bathroom floor was spotlessly clean, provided us with fresh, fluffy towels and had underfloor heating. What’s more, I loved the fact that the bathroom had a speaker on the roof which allowed you to listen to the TV while you bathe. I couldn’t figure out how to turn it off though but it wasn’t an issue at the time. The only thing I thought it was missing was a roll top bath, but that’s the bath snob in me. Oh, there are also two sinks for ‘him & her’ and a shower to use if you don’t fancy lounging in the bath all afternoon. Spot on!
Meal for two – Scottish Steak Club
On the night we were lucky enough to be treated to a meal at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel Restaurant. Owing to the fact I have previously reviewed the Macdonald Burlington Hotel – Scottish Steak Club Club, I was promised a meal at this hotel to see how it differs to the one in Birmingham. The aim is to serve only the highest quality produce and finest Scottish cuisine in a contemporary setting and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals with a bottle of Malbec. Naturally we ate steak and pudding, my favourite also being the Smoked baby back ribs (£8.50) served with hickory smoked barbecue sauce and coleslaw for starters.
The mussels were cooked to perfection, with an ounce of hotness owing to the fresh chilli. You can’t fault the portion sizes but the prices you pay, I’d think not either! We chose to order from the steak and grills section. We ordered two Rump (chef’s favourite) at £17.50. The 220g rump steaks were marinated in chilli and garlic, garnished with grilled beef tomato and field mushroom, with a choice of skinny fries or chunky hand-cuts. For dessert, we enjoyed a delicious brownie to share for £6. Although the food was decent, I have to admit that I preferred the steak at the Birmingham Hotel more. But we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and are very grateful for fed by Macdonald Windsor.
The next morning, we rose early at 7am and headed down for breakfast. The hotel runs a continental breakfast with a selection of meats, croissants, ham, cheese, cereals and toast. We ordered off the hot breakfast menu which is something we usually do and I was very happy with my delicious kipper! Josh ordered a full English which I tried a bit of and it was very tasty and arrived hot.
Huge thanks to Macdonald Windsor for looking after us. I’m still yet to tell you about the Afternoon Tea we devoured but that will be in another blog post. If you’re looking for a great hotel in Windsor, this is definitely up there with the best!
Address: 23 High St, Windsor SL4 1LH
Please note: The hotel gave me and my partner and complimentary room, with dinner, breakfast and afternoon tea. All opinions are my own. I wrote this review in exchange for the items.