Lovely hotel and grounds
20/08/2016 640crispin, Stirling, United Kingdom
When I read all the adverse reviews on tripadvisor, I was a wee bit apprehensive about my stay here. However, as my nephew had chosen this venue for his wedding, I had to book in. I needn't have worri... more
When I read all the adverse reviews on tripadvisor, I was a wee bit apprehensive about my stay here. However, as my nephew had chosen this venue for his wedding, I had to book in. I needn't have worried! My sister and brother-in-law met me at Bath Spa railway station so my journey there was simple. On arrival, I was checked in by a very pleasant person who had remembered several of my phone calls and asked about the threatened Scotrail strike which I had been worried about and also that I needed a room with a bath, As there were none of these on the lower floors, I had to make my way up the stairs to the second floor but my relatives helped me with my luggage. I found the card sensitive key easier to use than in other hotels I've stayed in. The room was at the back with not much of a view but it was so quiet. (I think there were discos on in 3 of the 4 nights I stayed there but I didn't hear anything).
I thought the breakfast was excellent with the usual choices of bacon, sausages etc. but it was possible to ask for porridge (lovely) and eggs cooked in any way. There was also a choice of kippers if had have wanted them. The fried bread was a real treat (even tho it wasn't a "healthy" choice) as not many hotels
do this now.
As the weather was hot and sunny, the wedding took place in the pagoda with we older guests sitting on white draped chairs in rows and the younger people on rugs on the grass bank. Someone has mentioned the cat in another review. We were graced by it's presence just before the ceremony began.
Drinks and canapes after the wedding were laid out and easy to eat. The wedding breakfast itself went well with the waiter remembering my diabetese and giving me melon without coulis as I had previously asked for. The disco in the evening wasn't my thing but I watched the happy couple in the first dance and then went to bed.
As I had travelled by train from Stirling in Scotland, I decided to stay on for another few days and go to explore Bath. My sister took me into Bath after breakfast and dropped me off at the Abbey, I enjoyed visiting that and a senior citizen price of £12 allowed me to go on 2 open top bus tours of the city. I was a bit disappointed by the commercialism of the visit to the Roman Baths which even with a senior discount was over £13 to enter.
I had already booked a table at the theatre restaurant and a seat in the front stalls for a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" starring Phil Jupitus as Bottom. These were both excellent and the taxi I had booked to get me back to the hotel was waiting for me at the main door as arranged, This was the taxi firm recommended by the hotel and I had one again on the Monday morning to take me back to the station. This time the driver took me under the railway right to the platform for the northbound trains. Each time it was about £12.50 but I gave them £15.
So, I stayed 4 nights in all. The staff were most helpful and friendly. I packed my case on the last morning, rang reception to ask for someone to collect it and it was downstairs before I was!
Just one or two quibbles, as we all know, the lift is out of order but I had been warned about this by phone before I left home. I specifically wanted a room with a bath so I had to climb the stairs but they weren't too bad. There was no hook on the bathroom door so no good place to put dry clothes while taking a bath and the selection of TV programmes available was very limited. I put all these things on my individual critique of the hotel before leaving and so hope they will soon be rectified.
The whole appearance of the hotel was of brightness and light and I had no quibbles with the decor, my bed which enormous, carpets or staff who were all charming as far as I was concerned. I probably won't stay there again as I came specifically for the wedding but one of my next holidays will be to the Best Western Hotel in Inverness where I have stayed before. Christine (Chris) Walker less
LatonaLeisureGroup, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Limpley Stoke Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you very much for your kind review following your stay at the Limpley Stoke Hotel for your nephew's wedding. I was delighted to read that our staff were friendly and helpful and that you enjoyed both the wedding your sightseeing in Bath and the trip to the theatre.
The Limpley Stoke hotel is in an amazing rural setting with wonderful views but with easy access to many beautiful, historical and cultural attractions.
Thank you for choosing the Limpley Stoke Hotel.
Guest Relations Manager