We are a group of long time friends from all over the UK who meet up half-way(ish) a few times a year. 9 of us stayed on a Saturday night in February, taking the "Winter Warmer" offer. 3 of us stayed for 2 nights on the same package. It included B&B and one night's 3 course evening meal. Excellent value for couples but good value too for single travelers.
Parts of the Hotel date back to 1203 when it was a Coaching Inn, frequented by Royalty. This is evident in the Restaurant (on 1st floor), which is large, spacious and has the most amazing stone carvings above the little bay shaped windows. It also has all manner of relics displayed including a suit of armour (great fun for photo opportunities), various old weapons and a tapestry. Lighting was bright enough to see but subtle enough if you wanted a romantic meal. Food and Service was excellent. We enjoyed a leisurely meal (great if you're having 3 courses) but were not left waiting as our Waiter was very quietly attentive as to when we were ready for the next course. Only slight down side was, due to the size of our party, we were seated next to the music system, but it didn't bother us and the staff would have turned it down had we asked. Breakfast was served in the Bistro downstairs and our large party was accommodated next to this in the Bar area. Again, food was excellent with a large choice. Lincolnshire Breakfast was really good (great sausages) but some other group members had lighter options which went down equally well. Service was very efficient and attentive.
The rooms were spacious, well decorated, each with a different name, the origin of which was explained on a card in each room. Great facilities in each room: tea coffee and biscuit tray, a complimentary bottle of water (always goes down well), hair dryer of the move-able type (also a plus), trouser press, arm chair and 2 other comfy chairs, 2 fold-able suitcase holders, good sized dressing table, FreeView TV, proper glasses (not plastic) of a decent size and plenty of hangers. Very comfy bed. Heating is centrally controlled and it did get very warm at night, but reception will accommodate any difficulties in this area. I just opened the window slightly. (Yes, the windows open!)
I was a single in a double room (102) and in no way felt like the 2nd class citizen I've previously experienced. Both my room standard and view was equal to the rest of our party.
Staff were extremely helpful, very efficient and very pleasant and cheerful.
Grantham is a great base to explore some wonderful nearby places (go to the Tourist Information website for the area). We went to Stamford, 30 odd miles away on the Sunday. It's a stunning old town; very beautiful stone buildings and a great place to eat nearby (The Millstone..... reviewed separately).
Lengthy review I know, but I would highly recommend this Hotel and would go back. less
Jane G, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Angel & Royal Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Tranbytrein ,Thank you for your wonderful comments on your recent stay with all your friends.We are all delighted you all had such an enjoyable time & hope you will come back again & see us again very soon.