The city walls creep around the back of the circular glass building and the racecourse sprawls on the other side of the walls. There’s a busy traffic island out front, but the views across the city and the soundproofing enable me to overlook these things.
There are four different kinds of rooms: comfortable, desirable, enviable and fabulous. Despite the daft names, each room comes complete with the kind of carefully-considered extras that make a hotel for me: proper hairdryers and proper coat hangers, a decent iron, full length mirrors, heated bathroom mirrors (no steaming up!), a DVD player, cooling systems that actually work and a Vi-Spring mattress (almost a guarantee of a good night’s sleep). Some rooms feature views of the internal piazza, some of the racecourse or city – express your preference when checking in. Every level of room offers something a bit different and the more expensive accommodation has extras like iPod docking stations, free-standing baths in the bedroom and complimentary “tuck box” trays, featuring crisps, nuts, chocolate and juices. I stayed in an enviable room the last time I was at ABode, and loved the orange lights around the bedhead and under the step to the next level, which gave off a lovely glow at night. I also appreciated the latest editions of GQ and Vogue on the coffee table. I like that your keycard allows access only to the floor of your room, plus the reception and restaurant, it’s extra peace of mind for security.
Sit back and relax in the Brasserie Bar Lounge on the ground floor; enjoy illy coffee, a wide selection of draught beers, house spirits or a tipple from the extensive wine list alongside an all-day menus serving classic Brasserie dishes. The perfect spot for a morning meeting, catch up with friends or to simply unwind after a long journey.
Eating and drinking
Brasserie Abode offers a relaxed, sophisticated dining experience that moves effortlessly from day to night. A glamorous, eclectic interior with metallic finishes, velvet banquettes and a contemporary vibe is the place to see and be seen – sit back and enjoy the first, essential coffee of the day, Eggs Benedict for brunch or a grilled rib eye steak for lunch. After the sun goes down watch the night unfold over dinner and cocktails from intimate booths to a backdrop of the best views in the city. A relaxed, all-day brasserie menu features plats du jour with a comfortingly, nostalgic nod and time-honoured classics. Generosity and value are at the heart of the menus; Sunday lunch is overflowing with trimmings, classic dishes feature plentiful sides and every cocktail comes with something to nibble on. Enjoy Champagne and cocktails in the Brasserie Abode Bar. The resident mixologists keep the cocktails flowing, the wine list features wines from the best around the world and after the sun goes down, sit back, relax and watch the night unfold with handcrafted cocktails, carefully selected beers or choose from excellent favourite house spirits...
A small but functional gym.
Staff in all areas of the hotel are quick with eye contact, and follow that with attentive and polite service.
Who stays there
A real mix of guests. Race-goers and locals love the glamour on offer here, business visitors like the central location and leisure visitors are enjoying something new.
Limited spaces are available in the basement car park costing £10 per night. There are other options nearby; the hotel will advise.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- The majority of rooms have incredible views
- City/racecourse location
- Value for money
- Some rooms, including the more expensive suites, have piazza views
- Limited parking