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“Avoid Room 6 !” 3 of 5 stars
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The Elephant at Pangbourne
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 Church Rd, Pangbourne RG8 7AR, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Avoid Room 6 !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

A nice hotel with charm and character but it has to be highlighted that sleep quality is patchy. Great in some rooms not so much in others i.e. room 6.

There is a fan which comes on in an adjacent room every 60 seconds.

I managed to sleep from midnight until 4 a.m. but failed to sleep further than that.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Orpington, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

Just back from 2 lovely days at The Elephant at Pangbourne. It is well situated for seeing the area with the village not too busy and preserving its character.
The hotel is quaint with all manner or top quality Indian artefacts with elephants figuring highly.Our room ,the Orient ,was gorgeous with the largest most comfortable bed imaginable with views over the garden and the Parish church next door.
We dined in the restaurant on both nights with food universally excellent and the service first rate .Particular mention for the new Spanish waitress.
The staff were all helpful and friendly which adds to the comfort factor overall.
We had one problem which was quickly and professionally dealt with and did not spoil our stay.
We will happily return and can recommend The Elephant to anyone looking for a cosy comfortable base with excellent food and service.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Thirsk
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

Had a great night at the Elephant On their Sunday night deal. Dinner was excellent, and rooms well equiped and bed comfortable, Complimentary Liquor in room very nice and a lovely touch. Only down rooms rather hot, (we are from the North!!) Staff Very helpful, Waiter in resturant Very good and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

This is a great little hotel, easily accesibly from London on the train. I would very much recommend it for those wanting to escape the city for a weekend.

The rooms were really nice (ours had a comfortable, four poster bed, nice toiletries and excellent tea bags!). They are a little smaller and darker than they might be, but they were absolutely fine for a weekend away.

We had an absolutely excellent, first-rate meal in the restaurant. The food is great and the service was really good too, attentive without being over the top. We had drinks beforehand in the bar which was really good, with a good selection of ales. The breakfast was brilliant too.

The only downside was that there was no hot water when we were getting ready for supper, so we couldn't have showers after a day out walking. We phoned reception who said more water would be sorted soon, but we didn't want to wait as we wanted a drink before dinner, so we just had cold showers. This was the only let down on an otherwise great weekend.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dorset
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96 reviews 96 reviews
65 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

Stayed for one night. Hotel inside is rather shabby in places, has very little atmosphere and needs (in our opinion) something to brighten the dreary nature - maybe large flower arrangements would help?...and definitely some paint in places! Our room (Viceroy) was probably the gloomiest/darkest we've ever stayed in; bathroom radiator had clearly been leaking for some time, toilet roll holder coming off the wall, one bedside lamp not working (this latter fixed as soon as we mentioned it). Restaurant felt like dining in a village hall (shame, as could be lovely). Food very good and staff very helpful, but overall, didn't live up to expectations at all.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

Me & Partner stayed at this hotel for Valentines weekend - Stayed Sat Night. The bedrooms are full of character. We also had the valentines set menu which was very nice. Beds are exceptionally comfortable!!. Couple of things though - The Shower gels and body lotion smell very dated.. I would suggest taken your own shower gels..etc. Also could not adjust the temp in the shower in our room...so was a little on the hot side!!.

All that aside i would def recommend staying here. On leaving the Elephant after a great stay we stopped off at the Swan pub down the road - it's a lovely character pub with open fires and excellent food - Recommended!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

Stayed there this weekend for valentines, very pleasent stay with lush hugh bed, excellent shower but the toiletries smelt a bit dated, maybe ok for the older person, the food was also excellent could not fault that....staff were nice and friendly..

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Elephant at Pangbourne

Address: 3 Church Rd, Pangbourne RG8 7AR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Pangbourne
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Elephant at Pangbourne 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elephant offers its guests an experience of quirky luxury and a warm welcome, whether staying overnight, dining in the restaurant, or having a relaxed drink in the bar. All 22 bedrooms are individual and furnished with handcrafted furniture, rich ornamental rugs and opulent fabrics. The bar, known as Babar, has a bistro feel, serving simple but excellent British produce, while the restaurant offers beautifully cooked unpretentious food in elegant surroundings. ... more   less 
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