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“Quirky, friendly hotel in historic district” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Cathedral Hotel
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Salisbury
State College, PA
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59 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Quirky, friendly hotel in historic district”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We make it a point to avoid chain hotels if we at all can, which means we're willing to put up with a certain amount of "quirkiness" in our accommodations. I'd much rather have a small and irregularly shaped room in a unique, friendly setting than a spacious, homogenized room that would be the same -- corporate, efficient and soulless -- anywhere else in the world. If that's your traveling style, I assure you that The Cathedral Hotel is your kind of place. The staff is chatty and engaged, making dinner and sightseeing recommendations without hesitation. The rooms have been updated, but the comfortable beds take up most of the room. It's a place to explore FROM, not luxuriate IN. The public spaces of the hotel are open, however, and my daughter and I were happy to sit by a warm, cheery fire after returning from a damp, chilly day of touring with a glass of wine from the busy bar.

The reason I didn't give the hotel 5 stars is that some of the "finishing touches" that take a small boutique hotel to the next level are still missing. Our two-room suite was a nice find for parents traveling with an older child. However, the shower door had been pulled from its hinges when we arrived, making for a dangerous shower experience. That's the sort of thing housekeeping should have attended to before we got there. Many of the light-bulbs in our room were out, leaving us without overhead lighting in one room of the two -- again, the housekeepers should check for that sort of thing. I have no doubt that if we had a longer stay the issues would have been addressed, but as it was Salisbury was a one-night stop for us, so all we could do was report the issues at checkout -- the woman at the registration desk was concerned and apologetic, and took down the list carefully, however, so that's a good sign.

All in all, a warm and friendly place -- and Salisbury is definitely worth a couple of days if you want to see England beyond London!

Room Tip: The family suite is great, and being on a high floor eliminates the noise from the very popular bar...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CathedralHotel, Owner at The Cathedral Hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
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Thank you for your overall good review. I am sorry about the details you mentioned around the room fixtures. I am delighted you enjoyed your overall experience and hope you will visit us again.

Kind Regards

Tony Negal
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

By son recently stayed here and it was his first trip away from home. The staff were absolutely first class in ensuring he was comfortable and well fed. They were so friendly and helpful - thank you.
The location is great for seeing the best of Salisbury and close to public transport links too.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DorothyArmstrong
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CathedralHotel, Owner at The Cathedral Hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Dorothy

Thank you for your great review. I am pleased we were able to look after your son so well during his visit to Salisbury. I know he was visiting for an interview, so I hope the outcome was good.

Kind Regards

Tony Negal
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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264 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We chose this hotel for its location in the centre of the city and its proximity to Salisbury Cathedral, which we have long wished to visit.

We found the hotel easily and there is a car park maybe 50 yards away, where we paid (at 2130hrs) for three hours (£4.20) - which therefore started at 0800 the next morning and took us (or rather our car) through to 1100, which was just right.

The Cathedral is quite close and definitely worth a visit.

The Hotel and its rooms are in a good state of repair and everything works: Heating, lights, TV (albeit no BBC, so we settled for Al-Jazeera - are we really in Wiltshire?). Our stay was quiet, as we were not visiting at the weekend, although we clearly heard the alarm in the room next door at about 0700. The bed was comfortable.

Breakfast was a trifle disappointing. The scrambled egg seemed a little old and my grilled sausage (I had the full english breakfast) had probably been cooked on the day before, so it was not an epic breakfast. If I stayed here again, I would probably forgo the hotel breakfast, even though it is included in the price, and eat in one of the local restaurants that provide breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter3101
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CathedralHotel, Owner at The Cathedral Hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Peter3101

Thank you for your generally good review. I am sorry you did not enjoy your breakfast. I do not know why your scrambled egg looked like it was not fresh. All our breakfast and eggs are cooked to order. Once again, thank you and I do hope when you stay again you will give our breakfast a second chance.

Kind Regards
Tony Negal
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Bowling Green, Ohio USA
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Our family of four stayed here for one night. We ate dinner in the hotel and had a nice meal. We were delighted that they could accommodate our gluten-free requirements both at dinner and for breakfast the next morning. Everyone was really friendly and the rooms were quite comfortable. The bathroom did smell a bit moldy, though everything seemed really clean. It's an old hotel with lots of character, very centrally located, and has a great atmosphere.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dawn S
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CathedralHotel, Owner at The Cathedral Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Dawn

Thank you for staying at our hotel during your visit to Salisbury. I am delighted we were able to help in your enjoyment of Salisbury. We have done a lot of work in recent months on our food offering and a key part of this is our special dietry needs menu. I know you were travelling around the U.K. and hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

Kind regards
Tony Negal
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UK
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40 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Uninterested receptionist, mouldy bathrooms and uncomfortable beds. We booked this place last minute. To be fair the location is good (centre of town and not too far from multi storey car park) but overall it was distinctly average - so ok if you need a place to stay for one night but would not recommend for a longer restful stay in Salisbury as the noise was pretty bad too.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Reviewer_29UK
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CathedralHotel, Owner at The Cathedral Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Reviewer_29UK

I am sorry you did not enjoy your visit to our hotel. We take customer feedback very seriously and I am upset that you found our customer service less than average. As you will see by other reviewers, one thing visitors always comment on is how helpful our team are, so I am upset you did not receive the same level of customer care. We have an ongoing decoration and maintanance programme to keep on top of the room standards. Thank you for your feedback and I hope you enjoyed your overall visit to Salisbury.

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Tony Negal
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Myself and four friends stayed at the Cathedral Hotel for two nights for a girlie weekend away at the end of May and I haven’t got one bad thing to say about the place!

It’s the kind of hotel you feel welcome from the moment you walk through the door, the staff are more than accommodating and nothing is too much effort.

We ate in the restaurant both evenings, the food is of a high standard with plenty to choose from on the menu, I’m just disappointed I enjoyed my main so much I was too full to try the nickabockaglory . . maybe next time!! Breakfast was tasty and the hot dishes that are made to order arrived super quick, much better than these hotels that leave the cooked breakfast sat out all morning to go cold.

Our rooms were plain but very clean and tidy, more than adequate for us, a powerful shower, plenty of towels, tea, coffee, kettle and a hair dryer, all the essentials a girl could want!

The location is great, two mins walk to the shops, and a two min drive to train station.

This hotel has all you really need in one location, great breakfast, a lovely quiet garden during the day where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a tasty lunch in the sun, a top class evening meal, followed by drinks in the bar, and a night club area in the evening, all this followed by a comfy bed to rest your tired feet! And although the rooms are above the bar, we didn’t hear too much noise once we had gone to bed.

Thanks to everyone at The Cathedral for making our weekend break so enjoyable, and special thanks to Tony, Steve and John for their exceptional hospitality! We’ll definitely be back, and would recommend to anyone staying in Salisbury.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SunSeeker82_11
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CathedralHotel, Owner at The Cathedral Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear SunSeeker82_11

Thank you for your great review. I am delighted yourself and your friends had such a great weekend. I know our team will really appreciate your comments about our great service, food and atmosphere. I will ensure our whole team including the kitchem team sees your great comments. Once again, thank you and we look forward to looking after you on your next visit to Salisbury.

Kind Regards
Tony Negal
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Montréal
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186 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Situation was perfect. Rooms are average size, bathrooms are clean and with a good size. The overall atmosphere of the hotel is very nice. Staff is very helpful. From the hotel, you are near of everything interesting around Salisbury.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bernatchez
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CathedralHotel, Owner at The Cathedral Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Bernatchez

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with potential visitors to our hotel. It is great that our team looked after you so well. I am delighted you enjoyed our great location in the heart of Salisbury.

Kind Regards
Tony Negal
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Property: The Cathedral Hotel
Address: 7-9 Milford Street, Salisbury SP1 2AJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Salisbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 16 Hotels in Salisbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Cathedral Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in the heart of Salisbury, just a short walk from The Cathedral, shops, theatres and restaurants. We are just 20 minutes' drive from Stonehenge and the rolling countryside of Wiltshire, with all its historical gardens, houses and walkways.Sundays and throughout the week, we offer a quiet, relaxed environment. On weekend nights, the busy venue bar on the ground floor is open until 2am and is part of the cities club circuit. The rooms have secondary glazing, but you may hear street noise in some of the rooms at weekends. The bedrooms do not have telephones or air conditioning but do offer lots of extras -free WIFI, hair dryers, iron boards, flat-screen TVs, plentiful tea and coffee supplies along with excellent quality towelling. ... more   less 
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