Much as I try to stick to independent hotels, I cannot fault Best Western for having some of the most interesting and characterful hotels in old buildings that I have visited.
This hotel is in an Elizabethan manor house, just north of Coventry. The downstairs areas are elegant, high elaborate ceilings, and nicely decorated with various bits of antique furniture.
We stayed in a cheaper double room (although we were actually given a family room with a double plus two singles, which we hardly needed, but I guess that was what was available). The room was interesting, being up on the second floor in the roof with sloping ceilings, but the decoration was decidedly dated rather than classic - woodchip paper on the ceiling and bedside cabinets that looked like refugees from the '70s. Shame, because the bathroom had clearly be recently and very well redecorated, and with the original leaded windows the room had potential to have real charm.
Nevertheless the bed was comfortable, the room warm enough (once we'd adjusted the thermostat), and we had a lovely night.
Supper was delicious, and the fixed price menu was decent value with a reasonable choice of lovely food; the A La Carte was a bit pricier but by the description looked worth the money. Service was good and prompt. Breakfast was extensive and had a good choice, however despite the waiter service the food was clearly pre-cooked and kept warm, rather than cooked to order. A small detail that slightly lets down the otherwise premium feel of the hotel.
Still, it was a very good price for a hotel of this premium feel and character, and we had a delightful night's stay. less