On Friday last week, we confirmed our provisional booking of The Hampshire Court Hotel in Basingstoke as the venue for our wedding, wedding breakfast, and evening buffet.
We had been fortunate (unfortunate?) enough to stay there when we first arrived back from Malaysia after the tenants had accidentally set fire to our house. We were allowed to stay for about 10 days, before the loss adjusters wanted to move us to somewhere cheaper.
The hotel itself is really nice – it’s somewhere I consider as being nice for conferences and events. We’ve been treated well by all staff every time we’ve gone there, and frankly I can’t think of a bad thing to say about it!
In terms of costs, the wedding package they’ve got is spot on for what we need, and isn’t that expensive. It helps that we’ve booked it before the end of March (keeps 2009 prices) and we’ve gone for the wedding date as a Friday (20% off). This puts them on a par price and quality-wise with Hilton, Basingstoke (who were themselves cheaper than what I had imagined), the difference being that the Hilton package included a lot of “fluff” – nice extravagant touches that we don’t need, and missing some bits that we did need or want.
I may write up the full package nearer the time, but for now, I’ll leave you with a few pics of the rooms we’ll be using (although it was setup for a conference) taken on my phone – you can see pics of the rest of the hotel, along with the available features, from their website.
If you see the rotating images on their site, we’ll be getting married in the Chineham Suite, having the wedding breakfast in the Basing Suite, then having the evening buffet in the Highclere Suite (which is the Basing and Chineham Suites together with the central divider removed).