I have stayed here over a dozen times over the past 5 years.
I always find it difficult to comment on such hotels because I travel for business, and I am not the market that this type of hotel caters for.
Those that like Victorian grandeur. This amazing palace commands a hill overlooking the town. It is glorious in its style but is fighting a (winning) battle over its old grandiose architecture. I would strongly recommend it for weddings and similar functions - it is majestic!
Well situated for those wanting to explore the magnificent scenery around and return to a touch of history.
Good attentive and welcoming staff.
NOT SO GOOD FOR
Business travellers might find it average. As a business traveller, I just want the basics to be done well - no flounces, bows or historical charm.
Using a ballroom for a business meeting doesn't really work!
As a business traveller, I eat too much rich food anyway, and try to avoid hotel food which is invariably 'special occasion' food. I cannot comment on the evening food, but the breakfast was fine, fresh and showed more variety than usual.
There are other facilities (fitness lounge etc) that a business traveller would not normally use.
Generally,sleep quality is good.
Car parking on site is fine.
Its within a short walk of the town, so no feelings of being a captive.
Room sizes are generous.
Room temperature is good - especially given the hostile environment of Buxton outside of summer.
Furnishings were OK (but showing their age a bit...the Victorian bits were well maintained, but the everyday stuff was 'lived-in' - but quite acceptable.)
This hotel is not really in the market for a business traveller. It certainly seems to appeal to the infrequent hotel stayer, or the 'occasions' market - and as such I think that it does very well.
As a business traveller, I felt a bit like a fish out of water.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Victorian Palace Hotel sits in 5 acres of landscaped gardens in the spa town of Buxton. Ideally located for visiting Buxton Opera House and exploring the Peak District National Park, Britain's first National Park and one of the country's most popular walking destinations, this hotel has an imposing facade and opulent interior to provide an unforgettable backdrop for any occasion. With 122 bedrooms, including 12 premium rooms, a Health & Leisure club with swimming pool, gym and beauty rooms, and a restaurant using local ingredients to prepare British and Continental cuisine, it's the perfect spot for a country town retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palace Hotel Buxton
- Palace Buxton
- Buxton Hotel Palace
- Hotel Palace Buxton
- Barcelo Buxton