The Swan is a little pricey, but is a lovely historic building in a lovely setting in the quaint old town of Stafford. It is nicely decorated throughout, and comfortable. I was greeted by a large very soft teddy bear on my bed, which was welcoming, but a bit of a cunning ploy - the teddy bear is available for purchase on your departure, at a cost of "only" (cough, cough) £20. I resisted the temptation, but am glad I didn't have my daughter with me, or I would have been forced to part with £20 for said teddy bear.
The bathroom was nice with clean soft towels, luxury soaps and bottles of luxury liquid hand, body and hair wash. The bed was very comfortable (with teddy to cuddle up to too).
Charles Darwin apparently stayed here once, and wasn't too fussed on the food - but there is a different chef from his day, and I found the food to be delicious. The restaurant does a vegetarian special night on a Tuesday, which unfortunately (as a vegetarian) I missed, being there on a Wednesday, which was Steak night! However, there were still plenty of delicious sounding veggie options on the menu and despite it being steak night, I was spoilt for choice. I eventually went for the lighter options on the special menu, which was cheaper, but there was still more than I could eat, and it was all bursting with flavour. Thursday night is Fish special, for those who are fish lovers. Breakfast was good, with a buffet of cereals, fruit, danish pastries, yoghurts, fruit juice etc, and a menu to choose cooked breakfasts, porridge with brown sugar and raisins, omelettes etc. There was plenty of choice. Again, a nice vegetarian full English breakfast was on offer, with veggie sausages, poached eggs, mushroom, tomatoes, beans and fried eggs, with toast, preserves, honey and marmite. It was far too much for me to eat though.
Staff were very friendly, pleasant and welcoming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Swan has been providing a warm welcome at the heart of the beautiful county of Staffordshire for nearly 300 years. Nestled in the centre of Stafford's historic and pretty high street, our lovingly restored coaching inn now acts as a vibrant, modern hub for stylish accommodation,dining, relaxed coffee shop, social and family celebrations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swan Hotel Stafford
- The Swan Hotel Stafford, Staffordshire