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“Rooms are adequate but public areas are tired and food is below standard”

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The Lansdown Grove Hotel
Ranked #21 of 34 Hotels in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 22, 2009

We enjoyed Bath, but the hotel was disappointing. The room was adequate and clean but the public areas were tired looking; Christmas decorations in October was rather depressing. The food was poor and reminded me of my school dinners.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mariah049
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

We were directed to stay at the Lansdown for one night when attending a wedding last weekend. As we arrived at the front door tot the hotel we were assaulted by Christmas decorations (it was October 23rd). Even the polish gentleman on reception bemoaned the fact that "it's been turkey and tinsel since Monday".
Whilst the check-in was pleasant and we were invited to come down to the bar to enjoy the evening's entertainment (the keyboard player in the bar), the ride in the lift up to our rooms was a taste of things to come. Unidentifiable stains smeared across the back of the lift door and the sensation of being trapped in a carpetted coffin did nothing to allay my fears of what was to come.
In the corridor to our rooms I had a flashback to arriving at Uni Halls of residence. Chipped paint on the radiators, damp seeping through the ceiling (barely concealed by anti-damp paint), questionable hairs in the bath and on the bathroom floor (multiple) and a yellowing shower curtain further exacerbated by a bath that didn't drain when I showered and reminded me of swimming lessons at the municipal pool as a child.
The worst crime was when I pulled back the bed cover and found a wooly blanket over the sheet. Egyptian cotton it wasn't. I barely slept as I was in perpetual fear of the aforementioned blanket touching any part of me. Shudder.
Breakfast was "OK". Any breakfast that comes out of the kitchen seconds after the waiter goes in with the order, says to me that it's been sat there a while. Taste confirmed this.
The whole experience was shabby.
To add insult to injury, we were expected to pay £150 a night! There was a deal whereby we were able to have one night free. I gladly paid the sum to escape and find refuge in a delightful B and B in the centre of town.
Never ever again. Sadly I have to give 1 out of 5 for aspects of my rating. I'd have prefered to have given less.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Pineapple1980
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

We have just returned from a 5 day Shearings holiday to this hotel. On arrival at the hotel we were all taken care of quickly and efficiently. Our room was good and our bathroom was excellent so large and with a wonderful shower.

Evening dinner was served at our own chosen time betweeen 6.30pm and 8.00pm. This was nice as some coach tours are far too early dinner times for us. The restaurant was very nice and the food was excellent with a good choice. The restaurant staff were all very friendly and most helpful most of them being eastern european and lovely young people. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

The room was kept lovely and clean and the towels changed daily if required. The Hotel is on a steep hill but there is no trouble with buses which are quite regular. Bath is a lovely city and we enjoyed lunch at two nice restaurants Marmaris (Turkish) and Cafe Du Globe (Morrocan). This was for us a treat as our town has neither a Turkish or a Morrocan restaurant.

All in all the trip with Shearings was excellent value and we hope to visit this hotel soon,

Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

Booked this hotel after seeing advert in Mail on Sunday offering special rate for 4 nights DBB. Have never stayed in a Shearing Hotel before but thought we would give it a go. Hotel in very good position approx 15 min walk into Bath but we used this as a base to visit other areas. Hotel staff very helpful, service in restaurant excellent, Food excellent, if anything portions were too generous. Room good size and very clean. Shower was amazing. We would have no hesitation in trying other Shearing hotels in the future and would recommend this as a great little hotel for a short stay.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights, me and my partner.
The hotel offers lovely views of the charming city of bath. However its on top of a huge hill, so if you are arriving by train or want to visit the city centre a taxi or bus is required. We are 2 fitish people in our 30's and the hill killed us! The hotel does provide car parking though.
The room was large and well appointed, perfectly clean with a nice view of the gardens and city, although the decor was a little dated.
The food was great, with a lovely resturant and attentive staff.
Entertainment was proved some nights, but we mostly stayed in the bar, not venturing into town as it was a bit of a trek, with the huge hill to contend with. The bar was ok, but alittle small, however there are other lounge areas you can sit in.
A nice hotel and good value for the money. Best bit, the wonderful resturant and food.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank caulkheadmatt
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Reviewed September 6, 2009

We stayed at this hotel over the bank holiday weekend. We were pleased that we could stay for just two nights (many hotels require a three night minimum for these weekends) but it fell below our expectations. We were hoping for a lovely old house, but what we found was a run down place with pretty terrible food. The room needed refurbishment, our bed cover had holes in it and the bathroom was very old. Breakfast was revolting - the fruit with the cold breakfast was stewed prunes or tinned grapefruit, and the cooked breakfast was adequate but boring. The place clearly caters to an older market so perhaps it just wasn't aimed at us. Staff were friendly enough but the home made tip box at breakfast was very tacky.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Lansdwon Hotel for two nights, 21st and 22nd August. The hotel is nothing like the pictures as it is now very much in need of being closed down and refurbished to bring it to an acceptable standard. The car parks are small and cars are paked in a way that makes it difficult to get in or out, the reception area is small and dark with furniture that have stains and have seen a lot better days. The lift is very small, only 3 person max, and is a throw back yo the 70's with carpeted walls, after exiting the lift on the tird floor we still had to go up stairs and along lonf corridors to reach the room. We had an Ambassidor room and if that was a larger room, God help the others. The carpet was dirty, the view was of the roofs and the shower when turned on sprayed the ceiling and could not be adjusted. The grouting was coming out of the tiles and in general was not even at a Travel Lodge standard. The meals in the resturant were small and having paid for 'half board' I was amazed to find that all but the basic courses had a supplement that had to be paid to 'enjoy' a steak cost another £6.50.
On Saturday afternoon we got back to the hotel and went to the bar, no one in attendance but the guy at reception came in and served, he also was serving coffes and tes, sandwiches, you name it he had to do it as there were no other staff on duty, not impressed.
In general I would advise anyine going to bath to go as it is a beautiful City but aviod the Lansdown and find another hotel

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank HaptonEricC
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Address: Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5EH, England (Formerly Coast & Country Lansdown Grove Hotel)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #21 of 34 Hotels in Bath
Price Range: $104 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lansdown Grove Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lansdown Grove Hotel, Bath is part of the architectural history of Bath and one of the oldest hotels in the city, dating back as far as 1770. Bath itself has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and contains some of the finest architectural sites in Europe, most within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel is a stone built, grade 2 listed mansion, typical of the period, described in The Times of Friday 13th July 1860 as "one of the most delightful houses in Bath." The Hotel is in a magnificent location, just 15 minutes walk from the historic town centre. The hotel enjoys delightful views over the Georgian part of Bath and wooded hills beyond. The interior boasts high ceilings and elegant plaster work, with 56 bedrooms over 3 floors. ... more   less 
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