W.S. Gilbert's former home provides an interesting and enjoyable experience.
18/11/2015 dopeyhopey, England
We went to this hotel specifically to see a production of The Yeoman of the Guard (which was excellent) and stayed three nights. There is a pretty formal garden and a wilder wooded area around the hot... more
We went to this hotel specifically to see a production of The Yeoman of the Guard (which was excellent) and stayed three nights. There is a pretty formal garden and a wilder wooded area around the hotel.
Best Western are dealing with a building which was originally a private home, which provides both lots of interest and some problems. There are no lifts, for example, and lots of steep stairs. We were staying in the Garden Lodge which was as far from the restaurant as it was possible to be and involved going outside. But even had we stayed in the main building we would still have had to go outside to the restaurant for Breakfast and dinner. This seems a strange arrangement to have gone for.
Our room was basically a modern box, but the bed was very comfortable and large. If the weather had permitted, there was a pleasant terrace on which to sit. However, the bathroom was unacceptably small and the pressure in the shower was abysmal.
The food was excellent. The service, however, was patchy. I'm not sure if it was a language problem (most of the staff were operating in a language which was clearly not their first) or an organizational problem. There seemed to be lots of staff around and lots of activity, but frequently things requested did not arrive.
Nevertheless, the prices are very reasonable and we enjoyed our stay overall. less