Thanks to the lovely folk at New Look I found myself with a free spa day on my hands. This isn’t one of your blogger freebies folks, this little treat came courtesy of good old fashioned customer privilege and I couldn’t approve more.
Now when I say spa day I should pre-empt that with the fact my own expectations were pretty damn low. Said spa day came with no treatments and so I knew that this was basically a use of the facilities at a nice hotel kind of deal. Still, free is free!
The choices near me were all Marriott hotels and I went for the Metrocentre location, being as it is around 5 minutes drive from my house.
Modern, immaculate changing rooms. I’m a bit of a stickler for good changing facilities and these certainly weren’t a disappointment.
Small, yet superb sauna and steam room
Functional quiet gym area with a distinct lack of posers in the weights section (definitely a good thing)
Conditioner provided as standard in the showers. Finally a venue recognises straw like hair is not a good look.
Tiny shallow pool. Like really tiny. And so shallow that at 5ft 8 I found it nigh on impossible to actually swim a full length.
Swimming lessons running during my visit (I had been advised these would be finished by 12 but this was not the case). The Parents sat along side pool watching said lessons made for an interesting stroll across to the sauna in swimwear. Luckily I was having a rare confident day or this could have caused a mini breakdown…
All this said I enjoy any chance to get to an actual gym without paying for the privilege and the standard of facilities is very high, the size of the pool is just such a shame. Memberships were around £40 per month which although not outrageous, I do feel is a little overpriced for what is really a token nod towards a pool.
All in all it’s a three star experience. A decent freebie but a good sized pool and spa treatment are required to make this a truly special experience worth paying for. To me a spa day should be a treat and not just a functional experience, so I’d recommend they put a little more thought into how a customer could spend more than an hour or two here.
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