Stayed here with my family following a day out at the races. First impressions are excellent. You approach the hotel through a quite imposing gated entrance that opens up to reveal the hotel grounds and the hotel itself. The hotel is a leisurely walk from the town centre and has more than ample free parking. Reception staff were efficient at check in without being abrupt and didn't bombard you with endless snippets of information, rather they just said to ask if there was anything you needed.
The main hotel is decorated in a quite contemporary, and it must be said, quite refreshing way that has none of your usual country house chintz and tat cluttering up the place. It also smells wonderful with a varied array of scented reed diffusers throughout the reception and restaurant areas.
We stayed in a family room which was in reality a junior suite with a sofa bed for the children. The room was a good size, the décor and bedding was top quality and the bathroom was both modern and spotlessly clean. The Molton Brown toiletries were an added bonus as was the complimentary fruit basket and mineral water. I have to mention the tea and coffee making facilities which had some of the best tea bags I've ever tasted.
Whilst the hotel itself was excellent value at £210.00 for a family room that slept 2 adults and 2 children comfortably the bar and restaurant bill made me wince. In fairness it held no real surprises as prices are clearly displayed, but when your bar and food bill exceeds your room bill........
There's not much for the kids to do, but there is a large outdoor dining area, weather permitting and several large lawned areas that have keep off the grass signs that my kids took great pleasure in ignoring.
In all, a great hotel that I would happily revisit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is Newmarket's only four Red star hotel. Set beside the rolling paddocks and only a short distance from Newmarket Racecourses, Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is perfect for a leisure or racing break, as well as corporate stays, along with state of the art conference rooms. Guests can use the excellent two AA rosette Squires Restaurant and the Edge Health & Fitness Club on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bedford Hotel Newmarket
- Classic Hotel Bedford
- Classic Hotel Newmarket
- Newmarket Classic Hotel