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“Comfortable hotel with beautiful view of the Cathedral” 4 of 5 stars
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Grasmere House Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   70 Harnham Road, Salisbury SP2 8JN, England   |  
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Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Comfortable hotel with beautiful view of the Cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed only one night and were given a large comfortable room with a view over the garden across the river to the cathedral. This was during the severe weather and the river had crept over the bank into the garden where ducks were swimming. Breakfast was ok, but as it was a buffet service the hot food was just warm. I prefer my bacon and eggs piping hot. Overall though good value and good location for the city sights

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bude, Cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I travel a lot for business and normally get booked into one of the usual corporate chains for my overnight stays, but for whatever reason tonight I ended up at an independent the "Grasmere House Hotel" in Salisbury. With the corporate chains, you kind of know what you are going to get, but with an independent hotel it's always a bit of a lottery so I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of what this hotel has to offer.

The hotel has a superb location and as per the other reviews, you could describe some areas of the hotels as "Tired" but only if you walk around studying the carpets. For me, I don't give a monkeys if the carpets are patterned rather than being a solid colour that accents the curtains..... at the end of the day this doesn't make any difference to my quality of stay. What is important to me is the feeling you get staying in a hotel, and this is where this hotel scores big. The location is second to none with views over the river to Salisbury Cathedral.

The food is also fantastic and this was helped by the attentive but not intrusive nature of the staff who seem to appear out of nowhere once you have finished a course to remove your plate and shortly replace it with your next course.

I am not sure how the management of this hotel recruit their staff, but I would love to know the secret. Every single person I dealt with from reception, restaurant and the bar were fantastic and I had a great time in chatting to them.

From a business point of view, the WiFi (and also hardwired) internet is free and runs at about 8mb, there is full DVB TV recep and rooms also have irons and ironing boards in them.

In short, I would recommend this hotel to anyone who rates service, amenities and a warm welcome over the aesthetics of modern interior design. Will def be booking back in again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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milton keynes
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

You can be confident of a happy time here. The staff went out of their way to make every aspect of our stay as happy as possible. The room was lovely - a superior room, huge bed (bit soft) and great view of the cathedral. The restaurant food was extremely good. If you want negatives the only thing I could say is that the decor could do with a little freshening up here and there.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Thank you all so much for heling to make it a wonderful festive time of the year.
The staff and management were excellant, food excellant, accodation excellant and the area excellant as its so close to the Cathedral.
I would recomend any one to take a visit as i'm sure they would say the same. Our dogs were more than welcome here with plenty of space but not a teenage place for partying xxxx

Room Tip: large rooms and beds. doudle sinked bathrooms. lovely veiws of the cathedral and river avon. staff...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warminster, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I have just spent my second Christmas at the Grasmere House Hotel. The view from most of the rooms is beautiful - also from the conservatory dining room - the spire of Salisbury Cathedral forms a backdrop to the water meadows where swans and ducks can be seen enjoying their surroundings.
The hotel is warm, comfortable, very friendly and welcoming. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff who make sure everyone is well looked after and individual needs are catered for. The food is excellent and there is plenty of choice on each menu. The building was once a private house and in places there are signs of wear and tear but on the whole it provides excellent accommodation and the personal service given by the manager and staff is exceptional.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed for the 3 night Christmas package and would reccomend it to anyone wanting a quiet Christmas getaway. The setting is superb, lovely views, and only a 10 minute walk to a lovely city centre. Does need a little touching up here and there, but this does not detract from the very pleasant clean rooms. All staff from reception, waiting, kitchen and "Mine Host" were very good, helpfull and attentive. Because it was the Christmas package, the food was obviously different from the every day menu, but this was the star of the show. Excellent food from start to finish, traditional but inventive. Overall a lovely Christmas getaway experience..
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The view from our room was incredibly lovely, and the hotel grounds included the shoreline of the river, with sheep grazing on the other side and the Salisbury cathedral spire in view. The hotel had the feel of a B&B since it used to be a private home. The rooms were a little bit worn, but we were overall quite pleased with our stay here. The price was quite reasonable also. The dinner was one of our best meals on this particular trip.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 70 Harnham Road, Salisbury SP2 8JN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Salisbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Salisbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grasmere House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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