The Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton, Derbyshire

Posted By Hazel Winstanley / 7th March 2016 / Hotels / 0 Comments

Hi my doggie friends,

At the weekend Hum took me to the Derbyshire Hotel just off Junction 28 of the M1. She brought me to this hotel ‘cos she wanted to assess a different hotel group that could be listed on our website. We already got Britannia Hotel Group but PH Group @PH_Hotels is not budget class and so she decided to check it out as another option for you lovely dog pals and your Humans.

Well my friends – we had a good start! By booking in advance Hum got Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for less than the Bed & Breakfast rate at the Britannia Nottingham! And we got a Superior Room!! AND they provide stuff for us four-legs 🙂

The Derbyshire Hotel is really, really handy for the big motorway road lots of people travel on so a good stop-off if you are travelling up or down the M1 with your Humans.

We got a super warm welcome from Kyle, Daniel and the hotel General Manager Anna who gave Hum her business card and said to just let her know if we needed anything. Excellent service!

Our room was lovely – Hum most impressed – stylish but SO very practical she announced. She got her face flannel, REALLY fluffy robe, slippers, proper bar of soap and lots of other stuff. I got a big bowl of fresh water in the bathroom and a BIG bed and a welcome letter AND a little bag of dog biscuits!! Cool – very COOL!

Hum unpacked and noted other stuff that was good – dressing table with mirror for doing her make-up; power points for hair drier and charging phones; free WiFi and in the bathroom (which was nice and clean and modern) there were appropriate towel rails, hook behind the door for her fluffy robe etc.

Back in the room, the wardrobe doors formed full length mirrors and Hum was pleased with the amount of tea, coffee and milk provided – she even got biscuits too!! Happy Hum = Happy me!!!!

Hum wanted a drink so we headed off to reception and Hum to the bar. Now only downside of the Derbyshire Hotel is I is not allowed in the bar OR restaurant and you all know how I is with my separation anxiety thing – well Kyle felt sorry for me so he and his colleagues kept me company while Hum got her drink and then all was good ‘cos there was seating in the lobby where we could be together. Phew!

The lobby is really quite nice with a big fire and comfy seats but it is the main thoroughfare of the hotel so you are a bit exposed sitting there with everyone coming and going to different events and such like.

Kyle did offer to look after me while Hum had dinner in the restaurant but there wasn’t a table available till really late so Hum decided we would stick with the lobby and the staff kindly set up a table for us to dine there together.

Hum is sure that they could make a little bit of the large bar area available to eat in with your dog so will no doubt suggest that to Anna in due course.

After a little walk in the grounds and Hum freshening up with what has become her habitual bubbly bath, we went down for dinner.

The staff had set it all up really nicely for us and Daniel put Hum’s order through so she didn’t have to leave me.

The Derbyshire Hotel hosts a lot of events, dinners, conferences etc. and there were lots of people in the lobby who all fell in love with me. SO I really didn’t mind sitting out there ‘cos I got so many hugs and lots of fussing over and Hum was told over and over again how pretty I am and how well-behaved I am and how lucky she is to have me. Take note Hum – take note!

Hum ordered well and we enjoyed Duck Terrine followed by Braised Beef Cheeks with a small amount of cheese for afters. REALLY nice. Can recommend beef cheeks to my dog pals – very tasty!

Back in the room and after a bit of TV for Hum and another trip outside for me, we made ourselves comfortable for the night. AND I forgot to tell you before – Hum was in pillow heaven – she got SIX pillows all for herself!!! Six big fluffy pillows!! Wow!! Not had that before anywhere!! SO she slept real well and so did I.

In the morning after a quick walk for me; a shower; coffee and catch up on the news in big fluffy robe for Hum we went to explore outside. Although the Derbyshire Hotel is just off the motorway, it is actually very quiet in the rooms and there are grassy areas all around the hotel which are safe for us dogs to be off lead. Hum played ball with me before heading inside for breakfast.

Again we had a table set up in the lobby and people fussed over me while Hum went to get our breakfast. Hum showed me what she had selected and ensured I claimed the scrambled eggs as mine. There was also a rather tasty sausage and Hum enjoyed a slice of bacon, tomato and mushrooms. There was lots of coffee for Hum so again happy days.

Sadly after that it was time to say our goodbyes. Kyle wasn’t on duty which was a shame as he was SO very lovely to me. BUT here is a BIG thank you to him.

SO what is the verdict? I defo think that we need to get the PH Group of hotels listed on our website. Good standard of accommodation; excellent value for money; extremely friendly and helpful staff.

One paw print taken off for nowhere but the lobby to sit together but apart from that I can’t fault the place. SO if you and your Humans are travelling up the big motorway called the M1 and need a break do stop off at the Derbyshire 🙂


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