We stayed here a couple of years ago and it really hasn't changed. Last time we were upgraded to a lovely large room on the back of the hotel overlooking beautiful countryside. However our sleep was disturbed by the fact that there was a function on in the ballroom, (which we were directly above) so we could hear the music until 1am. This time we were offered a similar room but again there was a function on, so we opted for a smaller room on the front instead. However, as it was a hot July night we had to have the window open and could hear some traffic noise, but it was not too bad. Whereas last time I remember the bed being comfortable, it appears the beds in the cheaper rooms at the front are not so comfortable. Also, I was suprised last time to find no duvet, but sheets and blankets on the bed and this is still the case. Although it is a lovely old hotel, the decor and furnishings are looking tired and dated. The cooked breakfast was good, but the choice of fruit not so good. Please note that this hotel is in Ilminster, not Taunton, which is about 10 miles away. There is not much to do in Ilminster, but it is a good location for touring Somerset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ilminster in Somerset provides a fantastic base for breaks. Visit this quiet market town and enjoy the stunning countryside that lies on our doorstep. Ilminster is a charming town home to medieval streets, independent shops and regular markets. It is a great base to explore the many cycling routes, National Trust Houses & Gardens that Somerset has to offer. Located just half a mile from the A303 and 10 minutes from the M5, the hotel makes a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Somerset. Individuals, tours and groups of varying sizes are welcome – the hotel has 23 bedrooms to choose from in a variety of styles. The hotel has ample car parking with easy access for guests. Recently, the hotel’s reception, bar and restaurant areas have all been refurbished. The bar, lounge and Revival restaurant are open all year around. Enjoy a simple snack, tasty carvery or more formal a la carte dining. This 3 star Edwardian Country House is a great venue for small intimate weddings, large receptions and civil wedding ceremonies. The hotel's ballroom (the largest in the area) can seat up to 250 guests for a wedding reception venue and there are 4 licensed rooms where a civil wedding ceremony can take place. Guests can stay in one of our 23 individually furnished en-suite bedrooms. We'll get involved from the initial planning stages right through to the big day itself. Our aim is to make your wedding day as special as it can be while alleviating some of the stresses along the way. For all enquiries, please contact the hotel directly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Taunton
- Taunton Best Western
- Best Western Shrubbery Hotel Ilminster, Somerset