We stayed at Spire House for one night in mid-September. It seemed nice and central, had overwhelmingly good reviews, and was listed with Purple Roofs as being gay-friendly, which was encouraging.
It was fairly easy to find, though the street was extremely busy when we arrived. It was late afternoon, so there was a fair amount of traffic and students from a nearby school were streaming out, with parents trying to stop to pick up their children, which made parking tricky. However, we did manage to park almost opposite Spire House, and, once inside, we were warmly greeted by Lois, who gave us a parking permit which allowed us to leave the car where we had parked until the next morning, so that worked well. (Once the school rush was over, finding a parking spot would have been easy.)
We had booked a twin room and Lois had confirmed a twin, but she had assigned us a double. She said she could add a bed if necessary. This sounded like the additional bed might crowd the room and be less comfortable, so we declined the offer, but it made us feel slightly uncomfortable that our confirmed preference for sleeping arrangements had become a complication. Still, the double bed was plenty big enough, so it wasn’t really a problem.
The room was nice – large and cozy with a four-poster bed and amply furnished, like a room in someone’s house rather than a utilitarian hotel room. The bathroom was not at all cramped and everything was clean. The window overlooked the street, beyond which you could see the cathedral spire – a beautiful view at night when it’s lit up!
When we returned later in the evening, we found that even with light traffic in the street below, the noise was too disturbing to leave the window open. As it wasn’t an especially warm night, we didn’t think this would be a problem, though we would have preferred to leave the window open a little. Unfortunately, we didn’t sleep particularly well, even though we were tired. The traffic wasn’t heavy (it got much busier very early in the morning), but it sounded like it was going right through the room and we’re not used to that. The window was only single-pane glass and I think a double-glazed window would have made the room quieter.
Breakfast the next morning was ample and excellent.
Lois and John are charming and hospitable hosts. Lois made excellent suggestions as to where we could eat and obviously knows Salisbury inside out. The location is also excellent, as it is right in the heart of Salisbury and only a few minutes walk from the cathedral. It’s a very nice B&B, and we would have given it a higher rating except for the difficulty we had sleeping with the traffic noise. I’m sure we would have been much happier with a room at the back.
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- Also Known As:
- Spire House Hotel Salisbury