Fresh ‘Wellness Rooms’ at Macdonald Hotels venues

Chester, Cheshire and Stratford-upon-Avon Macdonalds Hotels venues have become home to new Wellness Rooms, the brand reports.

These spa hotel spaces will be used for wellbeing consultations about things like fitness, diet and more.

Currently Chester's Macdonald Portal Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon's Macdonald Alveston Manor and Cheshire's Macdonald Craxton Wood all have the rooms and a roll out to other hotel venues is planned for the coming year.

The chain's managing director of leisure and spa, Jeanette Jones, has said that the group wants hotel guests, members of its Vital Health Club and people visiting its spas for a day to be able to receive "expert professional wellbeing advice", according to quotes on the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts website.

"With the introduction of our new Wellness Rooms, we hope we can play a part in helping the nation take control of their own health and boost their wellbeing," she added.

Meanwhile, Macdonald Leeming House and Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa are both set to see bedrooms refurbished as part of an investment worth some £850,000, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts recently announced.

Windermere's Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa will see four suites and 25 rooms upgraded, with work starting this month. Meanwhile, 34 rooms are set to be refurbished at Ullswater's Macdonald Leeming House. The work is one aspect of a group-wide investment programme.

Elsewhere in the hotel industry, alterations in Travelodge guest rooms recently led to a large scale charitable donation of solid soap from the chain.  

Travelodge gave more than 1.5 million soap bars to worthy causes after it put dispensers for liquid soap into some 37,000 UK guest rooms and ended up with a lot of surplus soap stock.

The soap dispensers are one aspect of Travelodge's hotel modernisation drive, into which it ploughed £57 million in 2014.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.