Newly refurbished Hatfield hotel provides a welcoming stay
PUBLISHED: 11:25 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 23 July 2018
If you are looking for a friendly and affordable hotel in Hertfordshire near London, then the newly refurbished Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel is a good place to stay.
The welcoming hotel in Roehyde Way is five minutes drive from Junction 23 of the M25, situated just off the A1(M) between Junctions 2 and 3.
Suitable for business trips and family weekends away, nearby attractions include The Galleria shopping centre with its cinema and over 80 outlet stores, Hertfordshire stately home Hatfield House, and the historic city of St Albans with its cathedral and museums.
One of the best hotels in Hatfield for both quality and value, it boasts complimentary WiFi, free parking with CCTV, and an on-site restaurant, bar and lounge area.
General manager Katherine Webster-Brown said: “The hotel has recently undergone a £1.5million refurbishment and all of the 85 bedrooms have been designed to a modern, contemporary standard.”
The 85 fully-equipped en-suite bedrooms all include flatscreen TV with Freeview channels. There are five family rooms available.
All rooms have a hairdryer, direct dial telephone and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
If you upgrade to one of the hotel’s new Privilege Rooms, you can enjoy the same facilities as a standard room, plus larger work desk with modem business phone, relaxing lounge area with bed settee, and large screen TV. Upgraded suites also include a Nespresso coffee machine.
It’s not just the clean bedrooms that have undergone a makeover, with the hotel’s restaurant having a new head chef, Tom Brown, who is keen on delivering well-prepared food.
In the mornings, the Mercure Hatfield Oak serves an English buffet-style breakfast, so you can help yourself and choose your favourite items, along with fresh coffee and a range of speciality teas.
Later in the day you can enjoy dinner in The Gallery Restaurant and select from a delicious seasonal menu.
With its helpful staff and friendly service, the hotel also has a fully licensed bar serving hot and cold meals throughout the day in the lounge and conservatory area.
Manager Katherine Webster-Brown said: “The Gallery Restaurant and lobby have now been transformed to provide a fully open plan flexible area where guests can relax and enjoy either just a drink or snack from the bar, or sample some of the great food prepared by our head chef, Tom Brown, and his team.”
Tom has been a chef for 11 years now, starting at 16 and gaining a firm interest in seasonal food, which is the basis for all of the menus he creates.
Using his experience in rosette kitchens, he is able to deliver fresh, homemade food from savoury to desserts, from classics to more extravagant dishes.
If you would prefer to dine in the comfort of your room, the hotel provides full room service.
With five flexible conference rooms, catering for meetings up to 130 people, the hotel is a good choice for guests staying in Hatfield during the week on business.
The hotel’s largest suite is ideal for banqueting functions, making the Mercure Hatfield Oak perfect for local residents hosting family celebrations.
There are a number of wedding packages available for couples looking for a venue to host their civil ceremony, evening reception or wedding breakfast.
The Mercure Hatfield Oak’s location alongside the A1(M) is excellent for those wishing to explore Herts on day trips, or alternatively venture into the capital to enjoy what’s on in London.
King’s Cross is about 22 minutes away, direct from Hatfield train station.
The hotel is conveniently positioned for families visiting relatives studying at Hatfield’s University of Hertfordshire or attending the annual graduation ceremonies at St Albans Cathedral.
Music lovers will find the hotel’s relaxing accommodation comfy for an overnight stay after attending a late-night weekend gig at The Forum Hertfordshire, which is just a short walk away on the nearby university campus.
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Central to Hertfordshire’s top tourist attractions – and within easy reach of London via both road and rail – the Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel is a great stopover point for families wanting a weekend away in the county at a reasonable price.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Hertfordshire, with St Albans, Watford and the county town of Hertford all close by.
Historic Hatfield House – the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I – with its beautiful gardens and Hatfield Park Farm is a short taxi ride across town.
This makes the Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel an excellent choice for guests who want a bed for the night after spending a day visiting one of Hatfield House’s annual weekend events, such as this month’s Living Crafts show, the Battle Proms classical picnic concert and music festival Folk by the Oak in July, and this year’s new Classic Ibiza concert in September.
The Roman city of St Albans, with its magnificent cathedral and new £7.75million museum and gallery, is just down the A414 from the hotel.
For family-friendly fun, youngsters will love the nearby Willows Activity Farm at London Colney with its Peter Rabbit-themed adventure playground, while Knebworth House is just up the A1(M) from the Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel.
Famous for its rock concerts, Knebworth Park hosts children’s festival Geronimo, open air cinema film screenings, The Great British Food Festival, and new Britpop music festival Cool Britannia this summer.
The award-winning Paradise Wildlife Park and its newly opened World of Dinosaurs is another place to visit with the kids, being just 10 miles away in Broxbourne.
Harry Potter fans will have a magical time at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter at nearby Leavesden.
Woburn Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoo in neighbouring Bedfordshire are also within easy reach.
• For more on the Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel or to book a room, visit www.hotels-hatfield.com or call 01707 275701.