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“Fresh, clean room in a lovely village” 5 of 5 stars
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The Saracens Head Hotel
2.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Market Place, Swindon SN6 7AG, England   |  
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Ranked #21 of 40 Swindon B&B and Inns
England
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Fresh, clean room in a lovely village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Stayed here for one night in July. A very old pub, beautiful flowers in hanging baskets outside, nice village and yet only about 8 miles from Swindon town centre. There is a 24hr Tescos about 6 miles away.

Village has the usual nice pubs, Indian/Chinese takeaways. A few places to eat. The restaurant in the pub looked nice oldy worldly type of décor although we did not eat there it was quite busy. Pub has very large parking area to the rear and a court yard drinking area.

We stayed in Room 7 which I would highly recommend. The décor was lovely and so clean, a very nice place to relax. Room looked out onto the street but no noise. There is a back entrance so you can come and go even when the pub is closed.

Some reviewers have mentioned difficulty in finding the rooms through corridors etc, you have to remember this is a very old original building. If you want uniformed corridors, even floors and no character you would be better booking a Travelodge.

Would not hesitate to stay there again - but I would ask for Room 7 again.

Room Tip: Definitely Room 7, could not fault it.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Nice rooms with good food and kid friendly.
Good base for exploring Cotswolds.
Breakfast by Valerie second to none!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Stayed for 4 nights on business in room 7 which is a single on suite room ( would Also be suitable as a double)
The room was well appointed with a large bed , modern showroom and was decorated in neutral colours making the room very calming.
Being directly connected to the pub meant that good food and even better beer was easily available and was served by friendly efficient staff.
The hotel/pub is on the high street and this has a good small selection of local shops.
Large free car park,Wifi and very keen pricing make this a great alternative to the budget chains that charge for everything !

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I had Sunday lunch with a friend and my beef was too chewy to eat. I managed to eat some of it rather than hand it back and took the rest home for the dog. I did tell the waiting staff but I did not get the impression that they cared much. My friend had roast pork and hers was good so a 50% success rate.The roast potatoes tasted good but the yorkshire puddings they served were inedible. Used to be so great; it is sad that it really is a pub that does food now rather than a real restaurant.

Room Tip: Did'nt stay.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Pleasent location and surprisingly quiet. Staff friendly and an excellent breakfast. Booked last minute and proved to be excellent value. Room large and in very good decorative order having been recently refurbished.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Snells Beach, New Zealand
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

I go to the saracens at least once a month to have dinner and a glass of wine. Simple pub fare. Only thing I'd suggest is- pleasepleaseplease get some more vegetarian options. I get bored of the same old vege lasagne or a salad...and please no more canelloni or rissoto.
Aside from that, I've been coming here for YEARS and it's passed over a few owners but it's pretty darn good now. Decent food for a decent price with good service.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hertforshire, UK
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Not a place for the discerning traveller, basically a pub/restaurant with rooms that are a bit 'tired'. Also a bit of a trial finding your room, and a bit of a musty smell in the communal passageways. However what do you expect for £40 for a double room on a Saturday night including breakfast ? OK it will do the job if you're on a budget, but I'd go elsewhere in future and pay a little more.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Market Place, Swindon SN6 7AG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Swindon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Saracens Head Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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