I had such a good time when I stayed in 2014, I was really looking forward to returning to the Abbots Barton and I wasn't disappointed! From the wonderfully warm welcome, to the friendly chat at check-out, the staff were absolutely brilliant. Due to health issues I am not the easiest guest (in fact, some hotels don't want me as a guest!) but the Abbots Barton team could not do enough to make sure I was comfortable. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a smile.
The hotel itself was spotlessly clean, as was my room. I had a double room overlooking the fountain and the car park. It was clean, comfortable, spacious and quiet, and on one of the hottest days of the year, the air conditioning unit was put to good use! I stayed three nights and was never disturbed by the housekeeping staff in the morning until I indicated that I was ready to go out, which was good. The hospitality tray was well-stocked and replenished each day.
I stayed on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and although my health problems mean I can eat very little, what I did eat was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Thank you Chef, and I'm sorry about the uneaten food but please rest assured, it's not you - it's me!
On the Friday evening friends who live locally came to the hotel and we spent a couple of hours sitting outside enjoying our drinks. The two bar staff on duty were more than happy to serve our drinks outside, even though they were busy in the bar/lounge area. The same staff delivered my dinner to my room later in the evening - still smiling and cheerful despite the fact they were busy and it was an extremely hot evening.
All in all, I would recommend the Abbots Barton Hotel. It's clean, comfortable, has all the facilities one would expect, with the added bonus of free parking, and I have found the management and staff to be friendly, efficient, accommodating and in possession of a 'can do' attitude. The dinner, bed and breakfast rate offers very good value for money.
I can't get away for the weekend very often but I am already looking forward to my next visit to the Abbots Barton - even if it does turn out to be a whole year away! Thanks to all concerned for a really lovely weekend. less