Quaint hotel located on a busy road on the edge of the town centre. The 'luxury' room presumably gained this status by dint of a four-poster bed and a free-standing bath. However, the bed was over-firm; there wasn't enough seating (too much free-standing furniture of questionable utility); the shower makes a lot of grinding and gurgling noises presumably dealing electrically with inadequate drainage; there's nowhere to plug the kettle in apart from the bedside table and the old-fashioned hotel radio on the wall, which I always like, was non-operational.
A bit dim due to north-facing room, low lighting and small windows (with no nets or blinds so often had to close the curtains). Old stone mullion windows are pretty but fitted with secondary glazing so you have a choice of traffic noise or fresh air. Fortunately the road isn't too busy at night.
Breakfast is fairly average - ingredients could be better quality.
Pre-dinner we went to the lounge but a group were anti-socially hogging the place so we had to settle for the bar which was a bit bright and draughty.
Dinner was odd. We struggled to get a table and overheard another couple being told they couldn't have a table until 9. However the restaurant was less than half full all the time we were in it. The food was very good, though in small portions and slightly over-presented, in an 80's kinda way. The room (and a lot of the public space) is looking a bit tired. They rely on the grapevine and glass roof to take your attention off this, but at night it's not well lit and the clientele all seemed a bit gloomy/quiet so there wasn't much of a buzz.
The ambience was lacking to say the least, so we cut short before dessert and digestifs and went back to the Queen's Head for a further bite to eat (!) and post-dinner drinks.
The staff were all very friendly and it was a useful base for what we were doing but at this price I wouldn't go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of Stow on the Wold amid honey coloured Cotswold Stone buildings and rolling countryside.This privately owned 17th Century hotel knows how to deliver genuine hospitality and delicious food in comfortably friendly surroundings.The eponymous 150 years old vine shades our restaurant for romantic dinners or a get together with friends.22 individually styled bedrooms, 1 bar, 1 restaurant, 1 ancient vine, 1 friendly welcome – they all add up to bags of character and a getaway full of happy memories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grapevine Hotel Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswolds