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The Cross Hands Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Old Sodbury B&B and Inns
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111 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Apparently recently refurbished. The decor was fairly new but the bathroom had not been cleaned properly. Black mould all around the shower door, mould and general dirt around the loo, disgusting black mould around the window frames. Management not bothered when it was pointed out. The restaurant was pretty grim too. Food sent back to the kitchen as it was inedible. The breakfast was it's only redeeming feature. Avoid this place especially room 5. Message to management: still waiting for your call.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Old_English_Inns99, Brand at The Cross Hands Hotel, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Please accept our sincere apologies for your experience. We will of course deal with all the issues mentioned immediately.
Unfortunately, the phone number we have for you is missing a digit but please feel free to drop us a line and we can discuss your concerns in more depth.
George, Colette and the team.
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Just got back from Badminton horse trials and stayed at the Cross Hands Hotel. An excellent all round hotel. Clean tidy rooms, excellent food and good value. Sirloin steak fab ! And the place has character too without being dated. The restaurant is a beautiful room in my humble opinion. Staff always helpful. Only one Nag. When I go to a hotel, I do expect quality Wi-Fi (and without using Cloud) If that could be sorted you, for me, pefection ! Well done and thank you!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Mightymorph
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Old_English_Inns99, Brand at The Cross Hands Hotel, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Thanks for your fantastic comments and we hope to see you again next year.
George, Colette and the team.
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Faversham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2014

Had a couple of nights at this hotel. Staff were really friendly and happy to help. Hotel bars were nice and it was very busy. Very large garden areas nice in the sunshine. Room was okay, bit shabby and with very loud wallpaper for such a small room, bathroom was not all that great and looked like it needed updating and it was not all that clean in places. Breakfast was interesting, avoid the kippers, never seen anything so small in my life and looked even more pathetic on such a large plate and the eggs royal would have been fine if it was hot! Had dinner in the restaurant, had a good steak and the meal was pretty good for pub grub. Location was fine a short drive into Bath and just outside of Badminton, so would be a good location if goint to the horse trials.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alison S
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Old_English_Inns99, Brand at The Cross Hands Hotel, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Thanks for your comments.
If you visit again for breakfast - just ask for a larger portion and the team will be happy to provide it for you.
George, Colette and the team
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cornwall
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Cross hands for 2 nights in a superior room. Have to say great location. For a hotel to be still promoting the fact that 12 months ago it had a refurbishment then you would expect the standard to still be high. Having stayed in many of the Old English Inns they all seem to follow in the same pattern. Their standard of housekeeping lets them down. Our room was of a reasonable size with a table in it. The table had obviously never been moved and cleaned underneath it. The bathroom floor was not clean behind the sink pedastal was months of dust and dirt the skirting board had black dust on it the was a cobwed the length of the show curtain. Things that are so simple to clean but are ignored! Why it only takes seconds to keep on top of! This is suppose to be a superior room. There were dirty marks on the wall of the bathroom that were easily removed if someone just wiped them off there was layers of dust on window ledges. Just small things. But non the less they all add up.

The first night we were the the resturant was fully booked so had to eat in the bar, which was not an issue. The Service was acceptable. One barman decided he really was not in the mood to be there and ignored my husband 4 times whilst he was at the bar waiting to be served! But the other people were good. The food on arrival was really good and tasty. We did have to ask for someone to remove the dirty dishes after an hour even though a girl and boy had walked past several times and seen we had finished but did not bother to remove them until we asked. Again small things.

The second night we ate in the resturant. Service was quick and again food was really good and tasty. On completing our main course we were asked if we wanted dessert but we requested at that time to be left for 15 mins. Some 30 mins later no return of waitress even though we had empty glasses, my husband went to bar himself in the end, then found a waitress to get dessert.

Siting in the bar at a table on both nights the tables were left by other people who had food the dishes were removed but tables were not wiped. This is just the sort of small things that surely should automatically be done. It is a shame as this is a lovely pub/hotel and it has a lot of potential and could be a better place if someone just took a little more time and attention to the smaller details were taken. This is the baiscs.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank lizd1373
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Old_English_Inns99, Brand at The Cross Hands Hotel, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Thank you for your comments.
We apologise that on this occasion, your visit was marred by individual team members and we will address this immediately.
George, Colette and the team.
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2014

My room was a bit depressing, quite dark, furniture was also dark and very tired. The shower had black mould on the tiles, not a nice look

The room was not as clean as it could be. I cleaned the bathroom floor with a damp white towel and left it for the house keeper with a little note

The gents toilet in the bar and restaurant was smelling particularly bad. the floor was very wet as if covered with pee. It looked to me that maybe the water pressure in the urinals could have been to much and was splashing out onto the floor, hence the bad smell of pee. I did point the smell on Monday and there was some improvement, but still needs further attention

Food was ok, steaks were very good and breakfast was excellent

Staff were very pleasant and well mannered

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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2 Thank Gixxer7
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Old_English_Inns99, Brand at The Cross Hands Hotel, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Thanks for your positive comments on the team, breakfast and dinner.
I have discussed your concerns with the housekeeping team and we will make improvements going forward.
George, Colette ana the team.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Have been to the cross hands for both a lunch meal in the bar and an evening meal in the restaurant and both the meals were fantastic. you do wait slightly longer than average but all the food is cooked to order and not a frozen re-heated meal in sight.
it's very helpful that the menu states which meals are gluten free and some of the meals show approx. calories

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank andieaj
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Old_English_Inns99, Brand at The Cross Hands Hotel, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Thanks for your great comments. If you are in a hurry - we have certain dishes which are quick to cook, just ask at the bar for their recommendation.
George, Colette and the team.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had an excellent weekend at the cross hands hotel. It is a lovely pub/hotel very well looked after the hotel room was great with everything you would expect. The bar had a good range of drinks along with friendly fast service. We had food in the bar area on the Friday night which was very nice. The pub has a lovely garden area and it is only half an hour away from Bath which is good. All in all we couldn’t fault the stay, all the staff where friendly and the hotel great. Good value for money would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank ben s
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Old_English_Inns99, Brand at The Cross Hands Hotel, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Thanks for your great recommendation. We hope to see you again soon.
George, Colette and the team.
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Property: The Cross Hands Hotel
Address: Tetbury Road, Old Sodbury BS37 6RJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Old Sodbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Old Sodbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Cross Hands Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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