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The Royal Lodge

4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Symonds Yat East, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JL, England
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Ranked #4 of 6 Symonds Yat B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited for a 3 night break with our dog, the hotel is perfectly situated right at the end of the Symonds Yat East stretch of hotels, shops etc which meant you could walk straight through the hotel car park to join the old train line wooded riverside walk which was perfect when needing to exercise the dog or take... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a lovely small hotel in symonds yat with a great view of the river.The rooms are very comfortable and clean and the breakfast was really good with a great cooked breakfast.We did not eat dinner in the hotel- no real reason not to, just fancied trying somewhere else as we were only there for 1 day but now wish we... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We thank our valued guest for posting their review. It is pleasing to hear that they enjoyed their breakfast for which we have an AA Breakfast award for, alongside the service of our staff. We look forward to welcoming our guest back to the Royal Lodge in the future. Kind Regards, Guest Relations More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
27 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised to be contacted by the son of the owner of this establishment after I posted my original review. Having suggested that he request its withdrawal (which apparently he had already attempted but been unable to accomplish, he opted to phone me rather than post a response on the TA site). Therefore, I submit this revision in deference... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We thank our guests for revisiting their review after discussions direct with ourselves. Kind Regards Guest Relations More

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

The hotel staff are really friendly and helpful. The room was lovely and the food excellent. Well done to all who work at the hotel. The personal touch given to all guests (not just us) was genuine and welcoming. I would definitely re-visit and recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful retreat, with a little bit of exercise on hand if... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We thank our valued guest for posting their review. We are pleased that they enjoyed their birthday celebration with us and that we helped make the special occasion one to remember. We look forward to seeing our guest again in the future. Kind Regards, Guest Relations More

Potto, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for 3 nights and one meal recently. The hotel has sadly been modernised (to 1980) and lost almost all of its Victorian lodge charm. You can't beat the location but as for the building, it could be anywhere. It's reasonably comfortable and reasonable value but feels mediocre and left behind by modern standards. Food was inconsistent as we're staff.... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We thank our guest for posting their review. It is a great shame that our guest did not enjoy their stay. We can only apologise that the level of service and food was not to the same standard that we normally achieve. We have currently been experiencing a period of temporary staff both front of house and in the kitchen... More

ringwood
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a heavingly busy Sunday afternoon when we arrived and not a parking space to be seen, however my husband stayed with the car whilst I went to book in. The staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful, and secured us a parking space. Booking in was easy and I was thrilled when we were upgraded to... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We thank our guest for taking the time to post their review. We are pleased that they enjoyed the level of service that our small and dedicated team provide here at the Royal Lodge and it is a shame that, on this occasion, the food did not meet the standard that we usually serve. Unfortunately due to staffing issues we... More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location and I was pleased with the hotel; it did everything I needed as I was canoeing from just down the road. Girl on reception very friendly helpful and efficient. Breakfast service very speedy which is good as I had booked activities and was running late!

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We thank our valued guest for posting their review. We are glad to hear that they enjoyed the level of service, food and hospitality that we provide here at the Royal Lodge. We look forward to seeing our guest again in the future. Kind Regards, Guest Relations More

Buckingham, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called in for coffee and cake with the children. I can't say we were overwhelmed by the welcome because we weren't. The bar area was deserted and the woman serving did not say please or thank you once. BUT the location is great and the coffee and cake was good and fairly priced. Would I go back? Short answer is... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We thank our valued guest for choosing to visit us here at the Royal Lodge and sincerely apologise that they did not receive a warm welcome from one of our temporary staff. We can assure this has been rectified and we would like to welcome our guests back again in the near future. Kind Regards Guest Relations More

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my partner went to the royal lodge for a cup of tea after a long (enjoyable) walk at the beautiful symonds yet, unfortunately it was a disappointment from the start! To begin, there was no one around to serve us, we waited and waited until finally my partner had to go practically into the kitchen just to get... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

It is unfortunate that this visiting customer came on a very busy day when we did have a slight staff shortage and that waiting ten minutes after ordering was unacceptable. Our small but dedicated team were shocked at the attitude of the customers and wish them a very happy cup of tea at the next place they choose to visit.... More

Portsoy
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We paid £100 for a two night stay, breakfast not included. We went to nearby Waitrose in Monmouth and had a wonderful breakfast for two for only £10 for both of us, half the price compared to the the hotel! The food at the hotel in the evening was disappointing, the fish was inedible and the were chips very greasy,... More

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RoyalLodge, Manager at The Royal Lodge, responded to this review

We can only respond to this review in dismay at the comment and opinion that a 4 star AA graded guest accommodation bedroom in the heart of the Wye Valley with stunning views and service at £25 per person per night is not good value! Very disappointing to read that our AA award winning breakfast is being compared to a... More

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Address: Symonds Yat East, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Ross-on-Wye > Symonds Yat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal Lodge 4*
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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The Royal Lodge at Symonds Yat East has an idyllic setting in the heart of the Wye Valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty where the River Wye cuts a swathe through a wooded gorge on the edge of the spectacular Royal Forest of Dean.The Lodge is nestled just below Symonds Yat Rock and stands exclusively in grounds of almost 5 acres overlooking the river. It has terraced gardens of magnolia trees and a well established wisteria. The Royal was originally built in 1876 as a Royal hunting lodge and was converted to a hotel in the 1920's. It has had a full and extensive refurbishment in 2008 and is managed by Graham Howells who has overseen the transformation and ensures that the level of service reflects the new development and idyllic location. The Royal Lodge is a great place to unwind with long relaxing walks in outstanding scenery. The hotel is also well situated to explore the Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the South Wales coast. ... more   less 
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