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Ancient Gate House Hotel

2.0 of 5 20 Sadler St, Wells BA5 2SE, England
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good things: Splendid location & friendly staff, especially the lady on reception when I checked in. Breakfast was OK, nothing special, buffet "choice" is barely worth the name. Not good things: Splendid view of the Cathedral from my room obscured by blinds over the window, which could not be adjusted. I spoke to manager about this & suggested the blinds... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I booked two nights at this hotel as a 'special' deal. After struggling up to our room, it didn't take long to decide we wouldn't be staying. I understand the building is old and that nothing can be done about the narrow difficult stairs or the small room or the lack of air conditioning or the Cathedral... More

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Hertfordshire England
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87 reviews 87 reviews
30 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very very old building but comfortable. We had a four poster bed which was very comfy. Shower but no bath. Breakfast was in the sister hotel opposite. Breakfast was hot and fresh and the breakfast staff were lovely and very helpful. Overlooking the cathedral and close to the centre but quiet too. Very impressed for the price. Has its... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We picked this hotel for its location and were very disappointed with the quality of the actual accommodation. There are certain characteristics that you expect from a building of this age, so the staircases, uneven floors and windy staircases were to be expected. The location was, as other reviews say, stunning, and apart from the lack of parking (which we... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Don't be persuaded by the comfortable looking room on the hotel's website. We took a cue from this and from our past experience of this hotel when we booked a stay . The place is neglected, dirty and there are access issues if you are unlucky enough to be allocated a room at the top of the steep stone staircase.The... More

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sandy, utah
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49 hotel reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Yes, the views across to Wells cathedral are incredible. But we still left a day earlier than planned because this place was just unbearable. We had three rooms upstairs, and the tiny steep staircase reeks so that you gag as you ascend to your room. The rooms are not air conditioned and there's no fan, but if you open the... More

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whitehartwells, Front Office Manager at Ancient Gate House Hotel, responded to this review

It's a shame you did not enjoy your stay. You stayed during one of the hottest weeks of the year, and the hotel does not have air conditioning as it is 900 years old. Fans were provided to every room. If the windows are open then maybe the occasional insect may fly in, but they are not bugs. We can... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

If you're traveling in the region of the Salisbury Plain [Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury, Wells, or up to Bristol, etc] right in the middle of Wells you'll find the Ancient Gate House Inn. You can climb a stone, circular stairway up to your room - some of which are overlooking the close and west front facasde of Wells Cathedral, and allow... More

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Took an impromptu day out in Wells, opposite the Cathedral on the other side of the green is the Ancient Gate House Hotel with a small garden with a great view of the Cathedral itself. From the outside it looks a little a worn out pub, but inside its clean and the staff were a little disorganised, but friendly. It... More

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Having just returned from a stay at this hotel, We wanted to give our views on our experience. The location was absolutely beautiful, being a stones throw from Wells Cathedral. Unfortunately our room was on the road side of the hotel, with views of a large 'for rent' sign in the building opposite! We were woken very early by a... More

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Merthyr Tydfil
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60 hotel reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Stayed here before and love the position of the hotel opposite Wells Cathedral. Its a lovely looking old Inn but downstairs is now an Italian Restaurant and most of the character has been knocked out of it. You can buy a drink here and sit in a small room or outside overlooking the cathedral. Our room looked lovely but it... More

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whitehartwells, Front Office Manager at Ancient Gate House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Unfortunately the rooms cannot be made larger, as, because you can appreciate, it was built in 1451 and is therefore listed. We think the rooms add to the character of the building and to alter them would take away some of its charm and uniqueness. More

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Address: 20 Sadler St, Wells BA5 2SE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ancient Gate House Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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