Top 5 Hotels in Ascot

Macdonald Berystede

The Macdonald Berystede is the perfect way to kick off your week at Royal Ascot! With it being located just 7 minutes from Ascot Racecourse, it is the ideal location to get to the racecourse hassle-free. You can also take advantage of the hotels free parking, rather than having to pay for various car parks closer to the racecourse.

The Hotel has also recently undergone a £1 million transformation which has led to a rejuvenation of its facilities. This has led to improvements in their award-winning Acanthus Restaurant which caters for a range of preferences with its special dietary meals as well as offering a kids menu.

The Manor also offers the opportunity for guests to relax before and after the races with its world-class spa facilities. This includes an outside hydrotherapy pool, an indoor 18 metre swimming pool, a technogym and 6 treatment rooms.

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Good to know

Check-in time for Macdonald Berystede is 3pm and you will have to check-out by 11am, however this may be dependent on flight time arrivals whereby the hotel may accommodate to this circumstance.

Frimley Hall

Frimley Hall Hotel is ideal for racegoers who are after something a little more peaceful as the hotel set in secluded private gardens.

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Despite being in this setting, the hotel is located only a 15 minute drive away from Ascot Racecourse and has extremely good transportation links to the M25 and M3. This makes the hotel very accessible to airports such as Heathrow which is located only 16 miles away, with Royal Windsor and Farnborough airports being only 10 minutes away. This allows racegoers to combine business and pleasure.

Frimley Hall provides guests with endless facilities which makes it a good option for racegoers who prefer not to venture too far. An example of this are the spa facilities, in particular, the new Vital, Health and Wellbeing Club which was part of a recent £2.5 million investment. The hotel has also been recognised for its award winning Linden Restaurant which sources local and organic ingredients from suppliers.

Good to know

The check in time for the hotel is 3pm and the check out time is 11am. Frimley Halls also provides the option to bring your dog, however there is a charge of £15 per night.

Berkshire

This historical hotel was built in 1705 and provides guests with a diverse range of rooms from traditional to contemporary. It is also one of the closest hotels to the racecourse located only a 5 minute drive, but also providing racegoers with the option to walk if not pressed for time.

Berkshire Hotel takes advantage of its 15 acre gardens by providing numerous outdoor activities and facilities such as it’s 2 tennis courts and croquet lawn. There is also the opportunity of guests to eat outside in their picnic areas and sun terraces. When the sun is shining, it is hard to beat the Berkshire Hotel!

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The hotel also has not just one restaurant, but two! The FORK Restaurant offers incredible views of the landscaped gardens and is capable of hosting any occasion, whether your going to Ascot for ones birthday, an anniversary or a family get-together.

Good to know

Check in-time in 3pm and you are expected to have checked-out by 11am. The hotel doesn't allow pets to stay at the hotel.

Grange Bracknell

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The Grange Bracknell Hotel is a 4 star hotel which is located in Bracknell's newly developed town centre which underwent a £240 million development in 2017. The hotel is very well linked to the racecourse, being only 700 yards to Bracknell’s train and bus stations. These direct links to Ascot mean you can be at the racecourse in less than 15 minutes!

If racegoers are at Ascot for the week and want something to do before and after the races, the hotel is in an ideal location for this. Attractions surrounding the hotel include Windsor Castle and Woburn Abbey, as well as attractions for kids including LEGOLAND and the Coral Reef Water Park. Also If you are into your golf then the hotel is also located very closely to both Royal Berkshire Golf Club which is home to two 18-hole courses in a stunning setting - I would definitely recommend!

The 120 rooms in the Grange Bracknell are finished to an extremely high standard, all of which have flat screen TV’s, en-suite marble bathrooms and various amenities to ensure you settle in quickly.

Good to know

The hotel requires guest to check-in from 2pm during the week and on weekends it is 3pm. The hotel’s standard check-out time is 11am, however this check-out period can be extended by an hourly rate of £10. If you are visiting the races with younger children, professional babysitting services are available and children under the age of 2 are free to stay.

Macdonald Compleat

When it comes to location, its hard to beat the Macdonald Windsor Hotel. The hotel itself not only overlooks the picturesque setting of the Marlow Weir and The River Thames, but more importantly, its only 30 minutes away from the Ascot Racecourse. This means racegoers can benefit from both convenience, but also the hotels impressive surroundings.

The Hotel takes full advantage of the river with its two AA-rosette Riverside Restaurant awarded for its high quality British dishes. If your more adventourous you may want to try the Indian cuisine at the Sindhu restaurant which was recently opened by the Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar.

This beautiful setting also allows guests to take up the opportunity to fish along the river or spectate the rowers of Marlow Rowing Club (and future olympians) row along the river. During certain periods of the year, guests are allowed to hire boats if they wish to explore more of Marlow from a different perspective.

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Good to know

Check in time is at 3pm and check out time is at 11am. The hotel accommodates guests who wish to bring their pets, however there is a charge of £15 per night. The hotel is also fully accessible for wheelchair users as well as having 100 free car parking spaces for those who travel by car.

Dubai Excursions

Arabian Adventures - Sundowner Desert Safari

This is a must do on your visit to Dubai. The Arabian Adventures Sundowner Desert Safari is an amazing way to experience Dubai as it was many years ago and by this we mean the stunning desert.

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This trip starts by being picked up at your hotel by a 4x4 Arabian Adventures car. There is an option to have a car booked privately as each vehicle seats 6 guests however, it can be quite a nice way to meet others if you’re are a couple or small group. The convoy of cars then start making their way out to the dunes which surround the evergrowing city.

The fleet of cars head through the dunes as the sun begins to set, with several stops along the way to allow for some photo opportunities. One of the stops involves a falconry display which is a brief insight into some of the traditions of the Middle East. There is also an opportunity to ride a camel; one of the original modes of transport from back in the day.

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You are then driven to a bedouin camp set up, where you can enjoy more arabian delights including a traditional middle eastern buffet, unlimited drinks, henna tattoos and shisha whilst watching a belly dancing performance.

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Afterwards, you will be taken back into the bustling city of Dubai and dropped at your hotel.

Burj Khalifa

If there is one thing Dubai is famous for, it has to be the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa is a tower like no other and stands out and dwarfs all the other skyscrapers in its surroundings. The sheer scale of the building is breathtaking and the views from the different viewing levels are stunning.

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You do have to book your visit in advance and there are several times throughout the day and evening that you can head up to the different viewing levels. The best time to go is in the evening, as the sun is setting over the city as the twilight makes for an amazing view of all the other buildings and features along the Dubai landscape. The viewing levels give access to amazing panoramic views which stretch for miles.

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The Burj Khalifa is located next to the Dubai Mall which is known to be one of the biggest and best shopping malls in the world. The Mall has every shop imaginable, an ice rink, aquarium, mini zoo and much more to entertain all ages. The Downtown area of Dubai is a great spot to grab a bite to eat after exploring the sights.
 

Old Town Tour

Whilst the city of Dubai is full of new glitzy and glamorous buildings, hotels, and beaches, there is an older and more cultural side to visit. The Old Town is located on the Dubai Creek which is a sea inlet where the first Bani Yas tribe members settled back in the 19th century. The creek was used as a base for boats for pearl diving and fishing trips. This tour starts at your hotel where you will be picked up and driven down along the Beach Road with a stop for have a photo in front of the Jumeirah Mosque. You will be fascinated by Dubai’s rich history and tradition as you are taken around the Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood and Dubai Museum.

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From here you then may your way to the Creekside where you can take a little traditional Abra boat which taxi people across from one side to the other. On one side is the gold souk and on the other, you can navigate through the narrow alleys of the spice souk. There are plenty of little shops where you can find the perfect gifts to take back home with you.

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Dhow Dinner Cruise

This is a lovely activity for an evening  when you have been out exploring on your feet all day. Experience dinner aboard a traditional wooden dhow - a great way to see Dubai by night. Make the most of a international buffet-style dinner and choose to either eat in the cool air conditioned indoor or outside under the night sky. There are spectacular photo opportunities as you sail and dine. A great way to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

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Transfers are available to and from the hotel at an extra cost.

 

Essential Jargon Buster

1. Antepost

Normally for big races, you can place a bet on a particular race well in advance on the actual day i.e. King George or Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is done before horses have even been declared for the race but means that price is higher than normally expected on the day. Some may not even line up for the race.

2. On the Bridle

This is a term used to refer to a horse which is running with ease and without much pushing/riding effort from the jockey. A horse will remain on the bridle for the majority of the race and towards the end; if ‘hacking up’ with ease, will remain on the bridle unlike most others.

3. Furlong

A measure in racing the equivalent of 220 yards or ⅛ of a mile.  A race will be measured in  miles and furlongs.

4. Going

The going is a reference to the condition of the racing surface; turf. The going can range from anywhere between Heavy to Firm. The going is tested before every race day and a combination of terms is used to provide a more accurate description i.e. Good to Soft. In the case that a course seems to hard underfoot; normally in the summer months, racecourses will decide whether or not to water using irrigation systems. The going is one of the reasons why some trainers decide not to run horses and therefore declare a non-runner.

5. Green

This is a term used for a horse who is either inexperienced or immature in their behaviour. Used more often with young horses. If a horse is playing up and not behaving as it should then you would describe it as being green.

6. Maiden

A maiden is a horse that is yet to win a race. There are many specifications for different maiden races such as a mares maiden and over a variety of distances under conditions with eligibility. The age of a horse also affects which race they will run in.

7. Off the Bridle

The opposite to a horse being ‘on the bridle’. Referred to when a horse is being pushed and ridden along by a jockey thus losing contact with the bit in their mouth. This term would normally be used in the final furlongs of a race.

8. Pacemaker

A pacemaker is as the name suggests. A horse who is a pacemaker, will be entered into a race to act as a pacemaker for another horse with the same connections. This helps the horse behind stay calm and at a steady pace which will provide a better chance of doing well and reserving energy and speed for later in the race.

9. Stayer

If a horse is referred to as a stayer this means that they specialise in racing over long distances. A horse that stays well may not do very well in shorter distances at a faster pace but will go at a slower pace for longer. What we might call stamina.

10. Tongue Tie

A tongue tie is an aid for horses with breathing difficulties. Normally, just a strip of material tied around the horse's tongue to strap it down and stop it from swallowing its tongue during the race.

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