We were given a warm welcome on arrival at the hotel and were fortunate in being able to check-in and take up our room at 1 pm, as it had been prepared by then. The twin beds which we had been promised turned out to be a double bed but we were assured that it would be converted into two 2ft 6in singles during the afternoon. By the time we returned from a tour of the village, this had been done. It is some time since we have slept in such narrow beds. The modest size of our ground floor room was adequate for our needs, although the absence of a carpet was at odds with hotel photos of other rooms. The décor was in immaculate condition and in a striking, modern style, comprising bold broad bands of various shades of brown. The furniture was somewhat distressed but this may have been intended as part of a shabby-chic appeal. The drawer and cupboard space was large enough for a stay of a few days. The en-suite bathroom was in a similar modern style, with an unusual rectangular wash basin perched on top of a small vanity unit. The bath/shower was welcome and was missing only a grab-rail which would have helped older people to get out of the bath. The low level lighting around the mirror was appreciated during the night when making a visit. The night’s sleep left us with some back ache due to the firmness of the mattress. The discomfort was alleviated to some extent by sleeping on top of the duvet and using just the coverlet for warmth, which in Summer was quite enough. Other ground floor guests found, like us, that the noise from people in the rooms above provided an unwelcome disturbance. The standard British cooked breakfast could not be faulted and was enough to keep most people going all day. The hotel is situated close to the village centre but down a side street, so that it was quiet but yet provided a perfect place to park the car. In high season, a vacant parking place in the village is almost as rare as hen’s teeth. At £95 for bed and breakfast for two, it was probably good value in Bourton. Beware of trying to use your TomTom SatNav to get there. All postcodes in Bourton on the Water and Stow on the Wold are automatically converted into destinations in Cheltenham for some unaccountable reason. This is a very convenient place to stay when visiting the village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Non-smoking throughout. Disabled/wheelchair facilities. Residents lounge/bar. Residents Restaurant. Families welcome, cots and baby monitors available. Large bookings welcome. Beauty therapist available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chester Hotel