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Reviewed by: TMC Editor, Lydia House

Pro IconPros

It’s one of the UK’s best spas

It’s so quiet and there’s tons of space

You can still enjoy lots of the areas if you’re pregnant

The facilities are beautiful

Con IconCons

The booking can be confusing

The Club area is accessible only to a select group of members and a limited number of guests or residents on Club packages. So make sure you check before booking.

If you stay and have to upgrade it’s expensive.

What is it?

The Club at Cottonmill, in St Albans, is a members only spa that is available to book as a spa day or if you are are staying in the Mews rooms of Sopwell House and features world class spaces and facilities including new spa gardens, Garden Room, Whisper Room and Deep Relaxation Room.

Overall Thoughts
Overall Thoughts

“I’ve never been to a spa that’s so quiet. The facilities are beautiful inside and out and have some fantastic treatments on offer. My husband had ‘The Sound and Sand’ treatment, which is a massage that’s done on a vibrating quartz bed and he said it was the most amazing treatment he’s ever had. Sadly, I was pregnant, so I couldn’t have this one or utilise all the areas, like the jacuzzis and saunas but I still had a great time. The Club also has the most amazing relaxation room. There were tons of places to sit or relax, both inside and out. And it’s on two levels, so even at its busiest times it felt peaceful. I’d definitely go back but I think I’ll book in for a Spa Day instead of staying over.”

Any Downsides?

“The Cottonmill Spa and The Club at Cottonmill Spa are two completely different areas and not all hotel guests have access to The Club, even if you book certain spa packages.

The Cottomill Spa, which is open to all hotel guests is just a pool and a jacuzzi and doesn’t come close to the facilities in The Club area.

My husband and I went here on a mini break before we had our first baby and we booked a costly hotel package with dinner and spa treatments, but when we checked into the Cottonmill Spa, they said we had to pay another £100 per person per day (we were staying for 2 days, so it would have meant another £400) to use the new facilities, which made no sense. We complained, and they wavered it. But double-check before you book as I’m not sure they’d do that for everyone.”

Is it Worth the Money?
Is it Worth the Money?

“Staying in the hotel and paying another £100 a day is not worth it as the rooms are expensive and not that great. You can book in to a Mews room but they’re extremely expensive. So I think I’d either stay nearby and get an Airbnb or another hotel or just drive up for Spa Day. I looked and The Spa Day packages are much better value and I’d say even though it’s still expensive, it’s one of the best spas I’ve ever been to and well worth the splurge.”

The Club at Cottonmill
The Club at Cottonmill

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