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“Great stay for the Cotswolds”

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Royal Court Hotel - Coventry
Ranked #33 of 39 Hotels in Coventry
Gretna, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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“Great stay for the Cotswolds”
Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

As the title suggest's this was an average hotel for touring the small hamlets nearby, we stayed here with a coach party for these trips, our room (328) was very average but warm and cosy, but could have done with a little makeover as with the rest of the hotel, the food we could not complain about, the staff coped as well as possible under the circumstances of the hotel being fully booked with two coach parties and a dance party. The grounds were well looked after and had a large car park area set off from the main road.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile


There are a hundred and one reasons to slate this hotel but for some reason I want to defend it. Mainly because I believe it's faults are down to tight fisted Britannia management rather than the hotel or its staff.
The rooms are dated (5 channel analogue tv anyone), the plumbing is noisy and prone to blocking. The bathrooms are badly bodge repaired. Our bed didn't have anything to hide its base and the mattress was so knackered you could hear the springs jangling about. The room itself was piping hot so at least the central heating works. The bar is nice enough and cheaper than you expect a hotel bar to be. The restaurant had a peculiar feel to it. The food was acceptable. Certainly not the overcooked mush some people have written about on here. But it's never going to win a Michelin star either. I found a 3 course buffet meal to be a new experience. The waiting staff were very efficient, clearing my plates away almost before my knife and
fork had landed on them.
The breakfast buffet was very nice and the grey haired lady who seated us was very efficient and in control. She knows how to run a service that one!
The theme of good, if overstretched staff doing their best but let down by knackered surroundings is sort of the theme for this hotel. If any of the Britannia maintenance managers are reading this then for goodness sake. Put your hand in your pocket, do some renovations and you might just have a bloody good hotel on your hands.

  • Stayed October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2013

My wife & I booked this hotel using Wowcher as a last minute Spa treat. We were initially tempted by the location listing as Warwick and that it was a Spa hotel. As with the nature with Wowcher you have to act fast to ensure you get the dates you want. THIS IS NOT A SPA HOTEL. I paid extra for an executive room (I shudder to think what a regular room has) the bath was falling apart, shower cold, bed lumpy and anyone using the bath/shower in the room above was like being on the runway of Heathrow airport. We decided to make the most of what we had and book a couple of massage treatments. NOT AVAILABLE due to staff taking the weekend off. We tried to the hot tub - shoe horning ourselves in next to a group of workmen who were not even guests. The tub was warm at best. We complained to reception who stated the spa was not their concern. The food was ok and the staff friendly enough but we decided to go home and not stay a second night. We had a lovely day in Stratford-upon-Avon and strongly recommend the Premier Inn there instead. DISAPPOINTED

Room Tip: Do NOT stay here !!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We freely admit to not expecting too much, basically a cheap overnighter, so the tired decor, the 20th century TV etc were pretty much to be expected. Room was reasonably clean, although apparently dusted by a person of restricted growth. The Spa is OK, but we took our room towels, phoned for some fresh ones when we got back to our room, and are still waiting. A limited bar snack menu but a decent wrap/ploughmans was fine for lunch, but the dinner..... A buffet-style carvery but had to ask for the mushroom stroganoff, which we both wanted. After a wait, presumably not for the food to be cooked, a cold pair of stroganoffs arrived. These were swiftly returned, and two "fresh" ones ordered, which duly arrived on red-hot plates. A pity the food wasn't as hot as the plates, but it was at least hot enough to have melted the grease it was swimming in. How any self-respecting chef could allow this disaster to leave his kitchen is beyond me. I informed the waiter, who shrugged. The chef by then had disappeared. In fact, no-one seemed at all interested, bothered or even surprised.
In the morning we ordered breakfast in the room. Two bowls of cereal, two pots of tea/coffee, one tiny jug of milk. Toast, wrapped in foil, that had either been prepared the night before or taken a few hours to tiredly drag itself up to our room.
It's obvious that this hotel is aiming for the one-off stay coach party (there was a couple) and function crowd (there was a couple of those as well), but if you're just looking for somewhere to stay for a night, you can do better than these sad, worn out old rooms and the culinary disasters we experienced.
As we checked out, the receptionist didn't ask how everything had been. We suspect she'd heard it all before, and doesn't see many returning guests.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2013

The concept is brilliant, involve Yours readers and others in a fun packed weekday break at a very reasonable cost. We booked it straightaway.

The execution was not as smooth as it might be. Now, this is the first event of hopefully an annual occasion so my aim is to put a participant's viewpoint. We made many new friends so naturally we listened to their ideas too. We found that we agreed with many.

The Hotel was satisfactory, as was our room, albeit a bit frayed round the edges, no bath mats, loose bath panel, loose tile, some mould on the sealant, no toilet brush. The wardrobe was minute, quite a problem for dancers with many outfits to wear. The room was basically clean but the maid service was a bit patchy. The management didn't seem very interested in any complaints. One elderly couple who found their room too cold were told about the extra blankets. When it was suggested that a fan heater was required they were told there weren't any! One was eventually obtained.

The food was good, breakfast comprehensive and very good. However, the allocated dining area couldn't cope with the numbers so many had to queue. Queuing was a feature of the break that could be addressed.

Likewise, the 99 pence bar was a long wait to get served. When I suggested selling wine by the bottle to reduce congestion I was told this was impossible because it encouraged binge drinking! The management were clearly unaware that you cannot drink and dance! I am pleased to report that the rather mature nature of those participating precluded any riotous behaviour. Incidentally, the house wine was £14.98, rather over the top. By the way, that 99 pence applied only to the smallest measure, so a 250 ml glass cost double. That's not very much less than Wetherspoon's, so it wasn't as attractive as it sounded. To be fair, water was supposed always to be available, essential if you are dancing, though on occasion staff didn't seem to understand this. For such a big hotel, the staff seemed always on the back foot. Finally, the pre-order bar for the Gala Event was full price even though it was in the 99 pence bar period. Not many takers then!

The Break was organised by Just in Time Holidays and their rep was discretely omnipresent. He was able to field many of the comments effectively.

In complete contrast, the Yours staff were absolutely outstanding and considerate. It was occasionally evident they were frustrated by the hotel management but they worked tirelessly to make the break a success. Well done!

The programme of events was packed and there were many familiar faces among the dance teachers. We felt a bit overwhelmed at times by the sheer amount of dance on offer. Many felt, as we did, that tackling more esoteric dance like swing, lindy hop and Bollywood was a step too far, whilst there was a lack of more popular ballroom and sequence dancing. The Tea Dance fizzled out in the last quarter for this reason. Still it gave us the opportunity to visit the Spa facilities which was very welcome. The line dancing was as popular as ever but we felt too difficult for the inexperienced (like us). Moreover the venues weren't always suitable as you need to see the leader's foot action so they need a stage.

The dance floors were uniformly bad. They were constructed from metre square interlocking sections but were too worn to lock together properly, especially given the heavy usage of a dance break. We saw two falls, fortunately without injury and many trips including ourselves on a few occasions, no we weren't binge drinking! Staff did attempt temporary repairs but to no avail. The popularity of the event will vaporise if there is a serious accident on these floors.

The first night was a buffet meal, well cooked and presented but with the inevitable queues. As a result, the evening started running late, as did the brilliant dance demo by Kai and Michelle, so we were Rockin' 'n' Rollin' till midnight, a bit too late for us. He was good though!

The Gala Night was memorable, though surprisingly few dressed for the evening. The meal was pre-booked and well served. The entertainment, a Buble Tribute, was OK but maybe a better idea would have been a dance band or organist to MC a 50:50 dance. They could also double at the Tea Dance for double delight.

By the final night we were wilting having Lindy hopped like Hellzapoppin. The buffet meal was better organised and the dance competition fizzled out because the dance choices were foxtrot and rhumba, the most difficult dances! Stick to the waltz with 50% elimination and everybody would join in. Possibly heats in the Tea Dance.

The Abba Tribute were magnificent with almost all of us on the floor despite our weary legs. A great end to a great break that we sincerely hope will become an annual treat.

Overall then, a superb break. Of all the points raised the floor quality was the major issue not just us but everybody we spoke to. We would have liked more sequence dancing too. Finally, try to reduce the queueing, especially at the bar, it marred the occasion.

Room Tip: Better rooms in the North Wing
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

I have just provided technical support to a three dance event which was held at the Royal Court Hotel Coventry. I have to say that the evening meals were of a high standard with very good very flavoursome food all served hot and the service was excellent and efficient. I do think that it is very easy to find faults but sometime good service is not always recognised.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2013

The postcode directs the satnav to a spot some 300 yards away - receptionist said this was a common problem, there was no signage so arriving at night is problematic Booking apparently setup (by Booking.com) and transferred to hotel was incorrect , again according to receptionist - as it it showed Room Only.
The hotel is in a nice setting though and the grounds looked worth exploring if only I'd had time.
There was a wedding reception in progress when I arrived (Thursday night) and was quite loud and raucous. The walls are very thin and there was a lot of noise from the corridors!
Breakfast however was very mediocre, service was poor.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Royal Court Hotel - Coventry
Address: Tamworth Road | Keresley, Coventry CV7 8JG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Coventry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #33 of 39 Hotels in Coventry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Court Hotel - Coventry 3*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful Grade II listed Coventry Country House Hotel is set in 11 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland, approximately 3 miles from Coventry City Centre. The original manor house, built in 1894 by the car manufacturer William Hillman, has been tastefully extended over the years to become the largest hotel in Coventry. ... more   less 
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