A few weeks ago, my friend and I ventured out of London to Winchester - which is conveniently located near my home town of Salisbury - to test out the spa at QHotel’s Norton Park location. I had originally expressed interest in this trip following the group's detox package, because my New Year, New Me health intentions were slacking. In a slight misunderstanding on both parts, it turns out that this package was rolled out towards the end of last year and since my trip was booked for much later, the hotel was no longer offering this. It was nice to experience the spa separate to that package, though!
There are a number of QHotels locations, It just as so happened Norton Park was the one in the middle of where my friend and I lived. I knew it wouldn’t be as luxurious as some of the London or northern locations, but I thought - considering it was a 4* hotel - it would still be lovely. On arrival, I was quite surprised at how small it was in terms of facilities - there was a small swimming pool (which was cold) with lounge chairs, one sauna, one steam room and a relaxation room. We checked in and were given a robe and some slippers, but weren’t given a tour of where everything was. I don’t think reception knew I was on a press excursion, which in one way, was a good thing because I could trial the experience as an honest consumer. The amenities were great and served their purpose, but it’s not somewhere you could spend an entire day as you were done with the steam/sauna rooms within an hour.