I booked through an agency and was given a rate of £55 for the night, including breakfast. Upon checkout, I was told that if one books direct, the hotel will always better any other price quoted.
The hotel is about a 10 to 15 minute gentle walk from the station, at the far end of the High Street.
Reception staff were welcoming and efficient. Some other quests were having afternoon tea when I arrived so I decided to order some, too. This was a great treat and prepared to perfection. Two sandwiches (smoked salmon and cheese with pickle) were served with a salad garnish; a large scone came with clotted cream and raspberry jam; a light slice of Victoria sponge; and a pot of Earl Grey tea for £9.50. The quaint lobby has armchairs and sofas in which to lounge, and a selection of daily newspapers to peruse.
The hotel does not appear to have a lift, so that may put off some travellers with mobility problems. My room was up to flights of stairs. The other issue which some might not like is that many of the rooms face an internal courtyard, rather than having a view over the town. They may also be on the warm side, mine certainly did not have air conditioning. I did not mind, though, as my room was exquisitely decorated and spotlessly clean.
The whole hotel, which dates back to the 13th century and is said by some to be the oldest inn in England, appears to have had a refurb in the last few years. I had a large bedroom, with a very comfortable four poster bed, desk, chest of drawers, tea and coffee making facilities with biscuits, armchair and large flat screen TV. There is a security chain for the door, an iron and board and a trouser press. The hotel also provides nice touches like a bottle of water and internet access is free. The linen and towels were all of a high quality, as were the toiletries. The bathroom was well laid out and spacious.
Breakfast was good, with a buffet table containing the usual cereals and fruit. I ordered an almost full-English, minus the black pudding, which was cooked freshly to order and consisted of good quality ingredients. My only quibbles were the grapefruit juice was zingy and probably should have been replaced; and the coffee was on the weak side. But, overall, it was a good start to the day.
The building has a fascinating history, with ROYAL spelt with seven capital letters (if that were possible) as no less than that number of kings have stayed on the premises, along with other assorted dignitaries, such as Oliver Cromwell.
I have previously stayed in The Urban Hotel in Grantham. Although that one has a swimming pool, the quality of the rooms, breakfast and staff were much lower. The price was also much higher. I would certainly recommend the Angel and Royal. less
Jane G, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Angel & Royal Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Roland D,Thank you for your wonderful comments on your stay with us & hope we will see you again very soon