Thistle Hotel - St Albans

Watford Road, St Albans, United Kingdom, AL2 3DS  show map
 4 stars
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Thistle Hotel - St Albans

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Free parking
 24-Hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Swimming Pool

Indoor swimming pool

 Fitness/Gym

Fitness center

 Spa and relaxation

Spa & wellness center

Solarium

Steam bath

Jacuzzi

 Breakfast

In-room breakfast

Continental breakfast

Overview

The four-star Thistle St Albans hotel is a traditional Victorian hotel, located near Hertfordshire and is accessible via the Thameslink train from London.

Property has been tastefully transformed into a country-house-style hotel offering modern facilities.

Hotel offers 110 well-equipped guestrooms with air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet, complimentary toiletries, flat screen LCD TV and work desk.

Restaurant and bar at Thistle St Albans are perfectly placed for a light meal during the day, drinks after work or a relaxing dinner after a day’s shopping, sightseeing, or walking in the Chiltern Hills.

The Otium Health & Leisure Club is available to all guests and includes a fitness room, an aerobics studio, a hot tub, a sauna and a steam room. The large indoor swimming pool also has a spa pool. A beauty salon is also available at an additional cost.

Hotel have five further rooms suitable for board and team meetings, training sessions, presentations, interviews and private dining. All meeting rooms come fully equipped with air-conditioning, LCD projector and screen and wireless internet access.

Year renovated   2008.  Number of rooms   111.

Rooms

This quiet, unpretentious property offers a choice of 110 refurbished rooms, including 54 deluxe rooms and suites, all of them featuring the amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

Room types: standard double, standard twin, standard family (sleeps 3), deluxe double, deluxe twin and suite king.

All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.

All children under two years stay free of charge for cots.

All older children or adults stay free of charge for extra beds.

Maximum capacity of extra beds/baby cots in a room is one.

Dining options

Restaurant and bar at Thistle St Albans are perfectly placed for a light meal during the day, drinks after work or a relaxing dinner after a day’s shopping, sightseeing, or walking in the Chiltern Hills.

Dine in comfort in hotel recently refurbished contemporary styled Noke Restaurant.

Set in the heart of the hotel the restaurant retains many original features and offers guests great food and friendly service.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Indoor parking
  • Free parking
  • Handicap parking
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Children are welcome
  • Safe deposit box
  • No pets allowed
  • Lobby
  • Currency exchange
  • Beauty salon
  • Luggage storage
  • No wheelchair access

Guest Parking

  • Free public hotel parking is possible on site.

Services

  • Valet parking
  • 24-hour room service
  • Limousine service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Wedding services
  • Newspaper service
  • Wake up service

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • In-room breakfast
  • Restaurant with air conditioning
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Private dining services
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Conference room
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • High chairs
  • Children's menu

Leisure facilities

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Health club
  • Spa & wellness center
  • Steam bath
  • Solarium
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Garden area
  • Leisure/TV room

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Individual heating
  • VIP room facilities
  • Mini-Bar
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Connecting rooms
  • Dressing area
  • Terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Rollaway/Extra bed
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Steam shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Radio
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-In

  • from  2 pm

Check-Out

  • until  10 am

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 12 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • All children under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • Older children/adults may stay at the price of GBP 10 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

hotel Thistle Hotel - St Albans St Albans location
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Hotel Address:

Watford Road, St Albans, United Kingdom, AL2 3DS

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City Center
  • St Albans
    2.5 mi
Airports
Train Stations
  • Harrow \x26 Wealdstone
    9.1 mi
Underground stations
  • Watford Junction
    4.3 mi
  • Watford High Street
    5.0 mi
Bus stop
  • 700 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-In:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-Out:
    until  10 am
  • Year renovated:
    2008
  • Number of rooms:
    111

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Rooms and availability

This quiet, unpretentious property offers a choice of 110 refurbished rooms, including 54 deluxe rooms and suites, all of them featuring the amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

Room types: standard double, standard twin, standard family (sleeps 3), deluxe double, deluxe twin and suite king.

All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.

All children under two years stay free of charge for cots.

All older children or adults stay free of charge for extra beds.

Maximum capacity of extra beds/baby cots in a room is one.

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Standard Twin Room
Bed type: 2 Single beds or Double Bed or Twin beds
Size: 130 sq. feet
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  • Air conditioning
  • Shower
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    Superior Double Room
    Bed type: Double Bed or Twin beds or 2 Single beds
    Size: 130 sq. feet
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      How to reach hotel

      hotel Thistle Hotel - St Albans St Albans location
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      Hotel Address:

      Watford Road, St Albans, United Kingdom, AL2 3DS

      Get directions
      City Center
      • St Albans
        2.5 mi
      Airports
      Train Stations
      • Harrow \x26 Wealdstone
        9.1 mi
      Underground stations
      • Watford Junction
        4.3 mi
      • Watford High Street
        5.0 mi
      Bus stop
      • 700 ft
      Hotel information
      • Check-In:
        from  2 pm
      • Check-Out:
        until  10 am
      • Year renovated:
        2008
      • Number of rooms:
        111

      Hotel Awards

      UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedSt AlbansThistle

      According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
      Best 4 Star Hotels in United Kingdom

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      Thistle Location

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      What's nearby

      Tourist attractions

      • Studio Fabrica - 2.2 mi
      • Gallery Rouge - 2.2 mi
      • Graphic Plus - 2.2 mi

      Popular areas

      • City Center - 2.4 mi

      Places of interest

      Amusement

      • Splash Park - 2.0 mi
      • Village Arcade - 2.2 mi

      Museums

      • Verulamium Museum - 2.2 mi
      • Museum Of St Albans - 2.5 mi
      • St Albans Organ Museum - 3.0 mi

      Theaters

      • Abbey Theatre Trust St Albans Ltd - 1.7 mi

      Local Attractions

      • Harry Potter World Watford - 3.1 mi
        WD25 7LS, Watford
      • Cheslyn House and Gardens - 4.0 mi
        Nascot Wood Road, Watford
      • Bhaktivedanta Manor - 4.9 mi
        Hilfield lane, Watford
      • Beauport Beach - 3.8 mi
        St. Aubin
      • Aqua Splash - 4.3 mi
        Leisure Park/Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead

      Getting there.

      Getting to the hotel by car is simple. From both M1 Junction 6 and M25 Junction 21A, follow signs for St. Albans, A405. Thistle St Albans is situated on this road, approximately 30 minutes drive from London. 150 car parking spaces are available at no charge.

      If you are travelling by rail, take the London Thameslink service from King's Cross to St. Albans City Station. Then take a taxi to Thistle St Albans (5.4km). Alternatively, Watford Junction station is 9.6km away.

      For those travelling by plane, take the Heathrow Express or Piccadilly Line from Heathrow Airport (34km) to King's Cross and then follow rail directions. From Luton Airport (24km), take the Thameslink train service to St. Albans City Station.

      Hotel information
      • Check-In:
        from  2 pm
      • Check-Out:
        until  10 am
      • Year renovated:
        2008
      • Number of rooms:
        111

      Hotel Awards

      UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedSt AlbansThistle

      According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
      Best 4 Star Hotels in United Kingdom

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      Thistle Reviews

      Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Thistle

      Average guest rating

      6.8out of 10
      Very good
      Based on 153 reviews

      Rating by category:

      Rooms
      8.0
      Service
      8.0

      Individual guest reviews

      • Couple
        10.0

        The thistle hotel was the first time me and my partner had stayed away, we were welcomed into the hotel, that's always a good start, the staff were friendly and helpful, polite and smartly dressed, the facilities at the hotel are top notch, the swimming pool, gym, sauna and a steam room. Everything was clean and tidy, very respectable, gave the hotel a good name, great location and loads of places near by to go to, shopping, eating out, leisure centres close by. Me and my partner would recommend it :)

        There was nothing to dislike, didn't eat in the hotels restaurant so can't speculate

      • Older travelers
        3.8

        Location,Nothing else

        On arrival the first words from the receptionist was,"you are not booked in here.No greetings or welcome. A room was eventually allocated to us.Number 248,as we had been up all night we collapsed on the bed and fell asleep.On awaking very stiff and cold due to the uncomfortable bed and air conditioning not controlling to the set temp, we were horrified to see the state of the furniture and general condition of the room.It was as if it was a room where every thing not up to standard was kept.We did not have time to complain at this time as we had to attend a function.The next morning after an uncomfortable night the worst was yet to come my wife lifted the bed sheets to check on the type of mattress and we were shocked to find that it was very badly stained in several places, you do not need a vivid imagination as to be wondering the cause. We complained to the duty Manager who was very apologetic and offered us breakfast while he investigated.(A Good thing this was complementary).The Duty Manager did everything within his power to do what he could for us and assured us the room would be refurbished before re allocating to other guests. The booking price for this room was £84 (room only) Two weeks earlier we stayed at a "Budget" Inn which was far superior in every way.

      • Older travelers
        7.4

        It is ideally located for us when we visit our daughter who lives in the city but does not have a spare room to accommodate us..

      • Couple
        9.2

        Good location just outside St. Albans - just a quick taxi ride to the city centre. Staff were very helpful.

        The room was far too hot, the window would only open a couple of inches and there wasn't any airconditioning.

      • Group of friends
        7.0

        Very conveniently situated, quiet, very nice room with green fields at the back, pleasant staff, good room service, nice gym and pool. Quiet garden and well maintained.

        Dining room was shut both nights due to weddings. Disappointed not to have been forewarned that this was the case as reason for staying was to take elderly mother to see the family nearby and we did not want to have to go out in the evenings. We did not eat breakfast in the hotel because we were told it was £15 per person per head. Not sure if this is true but it was a sufficient deterrent for us as we would not need to eat that amount! Also disappointed that smoking area was the porch, all the wedding guests were puffing away right in the doorway and it was difficult to get in and out of the front door.

      • Couple
        8.8

        Very easy to find a lovely looking hotel amazing spa + pool etc simple short drive to town centre easy access to main motor ways! Staff were very very polite interior matched the high standard of the outside. Will defo be coming back!

      • Single
        6.6

        Staff friendly, decent steak for dinner and good coffee in the morning.

        Breakfast £16.95!! drinks expensive (£8 for a glass of wine), stupid signposting in hotel so bar, pool and bedroom all difficult to find.

      • Family with children
        8.2

        After reading other reviews for this hotel we did take some of the comments on board i.e. phoned hotel before stay to make sure we had a refurbished room overlooking the garden. We really enjoyed our stay the staff were very accommodating especially Christine and Tom in the restaurant. Just one blip was that the heater in the swimming pool was not working properly so the Jacuzzi and the pool was the same temperature (warmish) but they are to have an extensive refurbish programme soon.

      • Couple
        7.8

        pool area and sauna hotel rooms spacious and clean lovely restaurants nearby

        If the deal had not appeared on Booked.net I would not have stayed here. Rather overpriced room rates.

      • Single
        9.6

        A hotel of surprising proportions my room was a long way a way but it was quiet, as there was a wedding that night and i liked that the staff thought of that.

      • Older travelers
        9.2

        Excellent recreational facilities, very clean room, free parking, peace & quiet, nice surroundings.

      • Single
        10.0

        Generally it was excellent, Good Location,Nice Room,Clean,all Facilities in room were good. Breakfast was very good and staff attentive.

      • Couple
        9.2

        Noke restaurant was superb. Good food, quiet, brief but capable wine list and friendly staff. Very convenient for the nearby Warner Bros Studio Tour.

      • Older travelers
        9.2

        great to have pool and health club included in the very resonable price (on specila deal)

      • Older travelers
        7.0

        Easy access; good location; lovely room; very comfortable bed. Leisure area very good. Excellent staff in all areas.

        Let down by restaurant. Not a very attractive room. Cheap cutlery. Poor menu. Thought food not good value for money. Also, I am a Radio 4 girl and of all the tv channels & radio stations offered (many, many) Radio 4 included, Radio 4 was the only one not available. So I missed "Mark Steele visits....."

      How to reach hotel

      hotel Thistle Hotel - St Albans St Albans location
      Show big map »

      Hotel Address:

      Watford Road, St Albans, United Kingdom, AL2 3DS

      Get directions
      City Center
      • St Albans
        2.5 mi
      Airports
      Train Stations
      • Harrow \x26 Wealdstone
        9.1 mi
      Underground stations
      • Watford Junction
        4.3 mi
      • Watford High Street
        5.0 mi
      Bus stop
      • 700 ft
      Hotel information
      • Check-In:
        from  2 pm
      • Check-Out:
        until  10 am
      • Year renovated:
        2008
      • Number of rooms:
        111

      Hotel Awards

      UKHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedSt AlbansThistle

      According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
      Best 4 Star Hotels in United Kingdom

      Use Badge

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