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Coombe Abbey Hotel
Ranked #3 of 39 Hotels in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 22, 2008

The abbey hotel is dark, medieval and wonderful! Reproductions and authentic artifacts are well placed and plentiful. Everyone we encountered on staff is friendly, helpful and in kept in character with the ambience of the hotel. The grounds are beautiful and well manicured. Parking is convenient yet distanced sufficiently away from the hotel proper so as not to disrupt the medieval atmosphere. Every detail seems well planned and well placed. The dining experience at the Garden Restaurant is such a pleasure. It requests a dress code of smart casual or formal which is so respectful for the guests enjoying the lovely dining and menus offered. The food and wait staff are impeccable.
Our room was elegant with dark green silk fabric wallpaper, copious silk draperies, a grand canopied 4 poster bed with comfy mattress, soft linens and sumptuous comforter and bed dressings. There were so many interesting objects within the room, I had the feeling I was in an elegant private home rather than a hotel. I truly loved it. What a romantic atmosphere!

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2008

We've just come back from Coombe Abbey after spending a wonderful weekend there for our first wedding anniversary.

What can I say? This place is fantastic.

When we drove up the main run to the hotel we were wowed. It's so peaceful and the scenery is beautiful. We arrived far too early for check in (which is at 3pm) as it was a glorious day, so we just told them we were here and spent the afternoon sitting in the gardens around the Abbey drinking champagne and eating strawberries!

The grounds around the Abbey are extensive but there is a main park open to the public which gets very bust on hot days. People do tend to stick to the park grounds though and the Abbey itself was very quiet and peaceful. It was nice that a short walk took us into the park and all of it's benefits.

We later picked up the keys and ventured to our room. The lobby/foyer is great, really gives of the ambience of the place. Everything is very dark and gothic but then that’s the nature of it and is fully intended - stone floors, dark wood everywhere, busts and suits of armour dotted around.

The room itself was very large, had a reasonable view and was finished to a high standard. The bathroom was of luxury and the four-poster bed was huge and satin clad. The room did get hot but then it was around 25 degrees C outside and a pedestal fan was provided in the room before we arrived.

Later on we ate in the garden restaurant. What a great setting, very different from the main Abbey as it was light, and airy . The staff very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The background music really finished off the mood and made the atmosphere relaxed yet formal without a pompous feel. The dress code was a little more formal that “smart casual” with most men wearing shirt, trousers and shoes and women wearing dresses.

There was also a wedding on at the time but this was kept separate from the rest of the guests and we never felt like we were encroaching on it. Considering how much staff were fussing about the wedding we thought that our service may suffer but this was far from the case!

The food was great and the wine list extensive and well chosen! We started with Goats cheese salad and I had smoked duck, followed by Tuna loin and the quail for me, along with a bottle of Rioja. Dessert consisted of a “to die for” chocolate parfait! Heart attack here we come!

Breakfast in the morning was indeed served in warming pans but the food was well cooked and of good quality. The coffee tasted great and there was plenty of tasty ford to choose from.

I don't know where any of the bad reviews on here have come from, I can't fault a thing with this place and will definitely be returning. All I can say is that these other people must have been staying at a different hotel to us, and that’s the reason for me writing this review - I was a little tentative before we arrived but looking back at it now we had nothing at all to fear.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2008

We stayed at Coombe for a number of nights as it was the venue for our wedding reception.

First off this is certainly "no ordinary hotel". It is medieval themed and so quite dark and spooky in places, the staff dress in medieval outfits and the rooms are ornately decorated. The nature of the place means there are likely to be a number of weddings at weekends. If all this is not your cup of tea then don't go here.

However we love this place because our stay was fantastic but also the staff certainly know how to run a wedding reception. The service was exceptional - one member of staff on reception got someone to cover for them and went down to the kitchen and made me a meal at 11.30pm at night even though room service had ended and then personally delivered it to my room.

Another point regarding weddings, they should be pretty self contained as they tend to take place in various rooms around the grounds, so no music issues but guests do invariably wander around later at night.

Rates are not cheap, granted. If you are going for a grand feature can I recommend the Lindlay Suite or the Lady Craven room (137). For a more standard room 124 or 126 are both great as they have a superb view over the entrance courtyard, moat and entrance road. The grounds are amazing as well and certainly as good as the photos suggest.

I've read some complaints about breakfast, can't agree, it was absolutely fine with staff willing to make you basically anything you wanted. If you are not a fan of the buffet style order off the menu. Also make sure you book a table if eating in the restuarant for dinner.

You'll get a truely memorable stay here, can't recommend it enough!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2008

Reading the other reviews on this site makes me feel as though we stayed in a completely different place to everyone else.

Here's how we found it:

We were there for a special occasion, so booked the top room category (grand feature). Upon arrival, we found a small and impractically laid out room - very disappointing as it didnt look anything like any of the photos we'd seen on the website; the bed was a small double - forget even thinking about king-size; there was no proper bathroom - the bath was on a (green carpeted) landing and there was a toilet in a cupboard, so no shower; it was all dirty, dusty and run-down - stained carpets; curtains falling off the rails and covered in cobwebs at the top; all the heavy fabrics covered in dust, paint peeling off the wooden features. Our bed and dinner rate was £365 - so this was not what we expected!! It didnt look one bit like all the lovely looking rooms on the website - perhaps we were unlucky in the room we got and this was their worst "grand feature" room. So we asked to be moved to a clean, standard room. This was a basic small room - and if you like dark, brown tiled bathrooms with funny curtains around the small shower (taking the medieval theme far too far i reckon); then perhaps you'll like it. Nothing has been upgraded for quite some time - the whole place has lots of old heavy fabrics everywhere, heavily upholstered chairs etc - and a lot are tatty and worn, with slumping sofas etc. Dont even think you might find something like a flat screen TV. Not that we expect or need that, but if you market a place as a luxury hotel, and when you are charging +£300 for some rooms - you might imagine you might see one somewhere.
The food at dinner was reasonably good; served in a conservatory, which looked very pretty at night - but doesnt look too hot during the day when you can see the dirt, peeling paint, and faded fabrics. Breakfast was BAD- travelodges do better - fruit was clearly very old and was all discoloured, as were the pastries, hot stuff was tasteless and greasy. They REALLY need to sort out the breakfasts. The grounds look amazing in the photos, but were not nearly as impressive in reality, and there is a kids adventure centre next door which you obviously dont see in any of the photos. In overdoing the medieval theme, everything in the hotel is very dark, very dim lighting, which given some of our experience seemed to serve the purpose of hiding all the extra dust and dirt. Clearly some people like this look though. It is a lovely old building and we thought you could have achieved the same old-world feel but with far better finishes - and it could be made to feel so much cleaner, lovelier and more luxurious, as opposed to old and grimy faux-medieval. it all needs to be cleaned up & improved.
It seems to be Wedding Central - there were 3 wedding parties on while we were there and almost all other guests seemed to be wedding guests. The hotel seemed overrun with loud and very drunken wedding guests - the room next to us was where the party seemed to continue for a group of girls at 2am.... and this looks set to increase given all the building works going on. Everyone obviously has different tastes, but this place is certainly not where we would go again. There are far lovelier, better-run, more well-maintained, more charming places to go.

Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed April 7, 2008

Had booked this with some trepidation following a not-so-good trip to Coombe Abbey a year or so ago. Needn't have worried - this was much better.

The decor in the hotel is somewhat eccentric but good fun if you don't take it too seriously. The grounds are beautiful. Our feature room was very pleasant with a lovely bathroom.

I was surprised to read negative reviews about breakfast on this site - I guess they must have got this right now, as ours was good. in fact all three meals we had were really good quality with excellent service.

Well done Coombe Abbey for redeeming yourselves.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2008

I booked a crown bedchamber (the basic type they offer, but the only type they had left due to a wedding party) as an anniversary surprise for my partner. As it was a special occasion I requested a bottle of champagne to be waiting for us in the room upon arrival... the excellent helpfulness of the booking staff made me confident that we'll be in for a real treat...

We drove down the tree lined avenue to reach the superb abbey, checked in in awe at the knights in shining amour, and truly decadent decor of the lobby. We then had to negotiate our way to our room on the 2nd floor (room 224) there were plenty of staff around, but no one seamed keen on helping us find our way. Another couple in their mid 40’s attracted help easily, maybe us being in our mid 20’s we weren’t the correct demographic for them!!

We walked down a crimson hallway with elegant light fittings, and found room 224. I was quite happy with the result - you will see that most photos of the rooms at the hotel are 4 poster beds, please note that these are only the feature or grand feature rooms. The room was the same layout as a premier travel inn... but the room and the bathroom were about 2m larger! The bed a massive Queen size, with lovely velvet covers that matched the, cushions and head board, and the decedent window dressings. The pull cord for the lights were gorgeous thick navy tassels, and the wallpaper and general theme of the room was medieval. The view was of the courtyard and the tree lined entrance, which was lovely (despite the rain).

However no champerz! So I had to undergo a secret mission to call reception without my partner hearing (as this was supposed to be a surprise) however 2 reminder calls and 45 - 1 hour later we received the champerz. surprise blown, and a bit of a let down unpacking instead of sipping fizzy bubbles and strawberries!!

the bed was lovely and comfortable (slight niggle that it was 2 singles pushed together) and the bath was sooooo deep and long enough to strech out, and the monsoon shower a wonder.

Breakfast - if I were you I’d pay the £3 more for breakfast in bed - we wished we did as the food may have been fresher. We were waiting for a table for 10 mins, then shunted to another hall, where the waitress told us "i told them not to bring anymore people this way , were full!"

but then we were served our coffee, toast and made our way to the lovely lookin breakfast buffet. croissants looking lovely, cereals, fruit cheeses and thick jucy looking rashers of bacon, scrambled eggs sausages, mushrooms and beans. Now the croissant tasted a bit stale and cold, the lush looking bacon had to be the tasteless bit of bacon i have even known! The hot foods were sat on warming plates and i think that they had just been out sweating for too long (we arrived at breakfast at 9.45, its served till 10.30, so its not like we were there at the latest possible moment).

There is an express check out service so that saves time and allows you time to wonder around and take some pics… All in all the rooms are lovely, clean big and special. breakfast not that great and some of the staff are lovely while others obviously not doing their jobs properly, but the venue and the décor of the rooms, the halls, the lobby well its just amazing and well worth it just to visit a different type hotel for a bit of Harry Potter magic! Enjoy!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2008

We stayed at Coombe Abbey just after Christmas for some relaxation and chilling out., it certainly provided that.

The bedrooms are out of this world our room had a corner bath in the corner of the room (big enough for 2!). The rooms are spotlessly clean and provide those little extras.

World of warning... the hotel is approx. 15-20 mins away from the nearest village and taxis are quite expensive if your thinking of eating out. The restaurant is expensive to eat in but the room & bar menus (although quite limited choice) are quite reasonable and the bar is lovely to sit in. Take full advantage of the breakfast, its out of this world.

After checking out go and have a walk round the grounds, absolutely lovely.

For total relaxation and a touch of that something extra go to Coombe Abbey !! And you can do it all on a budget..... :o)

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Brinklow Road | Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Coventry
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Coventry
#2 Romantic Hotel in Coventry
#3 Business Hotel in Coventry
Price Range: $111 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Coombe Abbey Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 119
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