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“Mixed experience” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Alabare House
Ranked #32 of 58 Salisbury B&B and Inns
Staffordshire
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Mixed experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

I stopped here for 1 night while visiting some friends but had a mixed experience.
The good points:
Its set apart in a residential area with a secure care park(may be a bit of walk if you dont have a car though), the rooms were clean.
The bad:
I stopped in a twin room and the beds were a little too short (i'm average height). Perhaps this was an oversight as they didnt appear to have my booking information when I arrived.
Breakfast. It didnt exist
Myself and another guest found the breakfast hall deserted. In fact nobody was to be found, we found our breakfast orders pinned up in the empty kitchen. We would have complained but there was nobody to complain to so I just left a note saying I had checked out. Strange.
Hard to form too much of an opinion as whether this was a one off error or if it is just badly organised after only staying one night but I dont intend to return

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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 Thank MidlandsPete49
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

Well, mixed feelings here. The location is really beautiful, tucked away in a residential area of Salisbury. However, when we arrived in town, we called and were told to walk...not quite the right advice for towing luggage. We should have been advised to get a taxi, as it was a long haul uphill. We booked on hotels.com and thought we had an ensuite room, we found out that the room was not upon arrival. The actual rooms were very clean...the bathrooms were not, although they are cleaned daily. The staff was very nice and there are beautiful gardens. On site, free parking. Breakfast was traditional English and very good. I left something behind and called to have it mailed. 2 weeks later, I contacted the staff and they informed me that they lost it. Now that I've been there, I'd stay again...only this time call a taxi, make sure I book directly, and not leave anything behind! :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Azalea17
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Ontario, Canada
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131 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

Had no idea what to expect at Alabare House, especially after learning that it is also a Christian retreat centre. However. although there are obvious signs of the Christian faith to be seen, this is also very much a warm and friendly B&B. After negotiating the unexpected gated entrance, we were greated by the tranquility of the place. The house is very well maintained, the rooms spotless and well equiped. The shower room offered a power shower, with ample hot water. Staff are friendly, and the atmosphere seems to encourage interaction between the guests who come from many different countries. Breakfast is a somewhat communal affair and very good. The Cathedral is little more than ten minutes walk and the town centre is even closer, so an ideal location. All-in-all a good find which offers all, and more, that the budget conscious traveller could require.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank truereviewer_9
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west sussex
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45 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2010

We were 100% happy with our 2 night stay. Only 5 - 10 minutes walk into Salisbury but so quiet we felt we were in the countryside. Our room was very clean and spacious. Secure parking. Full English breakfast was perfect. Friendly helpful Staff. Shower Gel and Carex hand wash provided. Nice bedlinen and a comfy bed so we slept well. Should be 4 star

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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3 Thank HappymouseWestSussex
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2010

The location isn't that great if you have heavy bags to carry around. It's quite a walk from the station. Still, when arriving there is a gate to get through before you reach the house itself. Are you driving there is plenty of parking space. Inside you might be met by the hens who lives in the garden. The room was spatious (but with an undefined odour of something) with an alocated bathroom down the hall. The breakfast was outstanding!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sparsmakad
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Auckland, New Zealand
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107 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2009

The Alabare guest house is located just outside the centre of Salisbury (it's about a 10 minute walk), the room was cozy and everything in it and the adjoining bathroom looked quite new. There's a lounge/common room where you get breakfast which has an attached conservatory-type area with comfortable leather couches for hanging out. What the web site doesn't mention is that you can get flat-rate Internet for a small one-off payment, which is great when the weather turns ugly.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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3 Thank tuturiwhata
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Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2009

The Alabare house is a good alternative for those looking to get a wee bit off the usual US-traveler experience. About twenty-five mins from the rail station by foot, the house is located near the ring road but is still quite secluded. Neighbors from down the street had never heard of it - but it is real. Up the road from an intersection, it's entrance is more of a hidden driveway. The rooms are clean and the breakfast was better than the usual UK fare. We walked to town - about 5 mins I several times. There are convenient pubs and numerous restaurants close by. All facilities were working, the minimal staff was pleasant and attentive, and overall great for a base camp.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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2 Thank JamaalDC
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Property: Alabare House
Address: 15 Tollgate Road, Salisbury SP1 2JA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Salisbury
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Salisbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Alabare House 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer a warm and friendly Christian home. All rooms have TV and tea/coffee making facilities.Wi-Fi internet access available for guests with their own laptops.Set well back from the road and within easy walking distance of the Cathedral and City Centre. Cyclists welcome. Private parking. ... more   less 
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