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The Castle at Taunton
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Taunton
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
“Joy”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Brilliant meal for a family double celebration - parents anniversary & father-in-laws birthday. We all enjoyed the experience, starters, main course, deserts & cheese were outstanding - we tried most. The Service was attentive but not overpowering. Highly recommended.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

we booked a private room for a party of 12 including a baby & 2 year old.
The staff could not have been more helpful and the meal, which was pre-ordered, lived up to expectation including a last minute change. Although we had not said that the party was for our granddaughter's birthday, as soon as the staff became aware of this they arranged a birthday surprise at the end of the meal. Not a cheap option but one expects to pay for quality, I can thoroughly recommend The Castle.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Devon
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Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

I booked a dinner, bed and breakfast package which was good value at £119. Dinner and breakfast were both very good, beautifully cooked and presented. The staff in the dining room were excellent. Reception staff were very welcoming and arranged for staff to take the bags up to the room. A colleague had booked the rooms for both of us on the same deal; she got a lovely room and I got what must be the worst room in the hotel (room 16), at the top of the first flight of stairs, over the main entrance and with very poor soundproofing. I could hear the couple in the room upstairs walking about, on the telephone, watching tv and talking to each other, which they were still doing at midnight. I could hear the conversations of everyone going upstairs and coming in and out of the main entrance. So not the most restful of nights...... There was only one member of staff on reception in the morning so checking out was chaotic and little chance to mention the problems I had experienced. I would definitely go back for the food but wouldn't stay in room 16 again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Milton keynes
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The Castle is a wonderful old building, which offers traditionally appointed rooms, traditional service, a traditional bar and an excellent traditional breakfast.

It's not modern, it's not cutting edge, it's not sexy... but neither is Taunton. If you want a comfortable place in Taunton to bed down with a bar you can read your book in, that has real baths and creaky floorboards plus Wifi, this is pretty good.

The "Brazz" restaurant that is part of the hotel is pretty good, varied, though discriminates against fish eaters that also want vegetables (if you're on a half board rate)... but it's probably the best place to eat in Taunton.

If you want to walk outside and soak in the nightlife, this is the wrong town.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

When in Taunton, I would normally stay at the Castle however, I have noticed on my last few visits there are fewer staff on duty, the breakfast is now costing £15.50 which to be fair is rather excessive for what it is.
I have just read the reviews and to be fair, I would tend to agree more with 'James H' The hotel is looking tired, the rooms are not quite a good as they could or should be, the bathrooms are pretty basic and yet, there is an olde-world charm about it.
I do think in this financial climate, the Hotel needs to 'up its game' if they want to encourage the private fee paying guests as well as the guests who are staying on 'the Company' .

Room Tip: If you need wifi, ask the receptionist when you book, there are rooms where the signal is almost non...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

What a great hotel - my mother and I stayed here for 6 nights and also participated in the hotel's New Year's Eve dinner gala. The room was comfortable with a great view over the city - a wonderful combination of winding stairs leading to little cozy nooks for reading, resting and quiet conversation. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. We were blown away by the food - coming from San Francisco we are used to a lot of top-end restaurants and The Caste was up there with best of San Francisco - locally sourced ingredients, and some wonderful combinations, but still within the context of the English repertoire - Devon beef with shredded ox cheek and red cabbage, goat cheese mousse with truffle oil; fish cakes with a leek coulis.....
The NYE gala was memorable as well - teh owner of the hotel and his wife personally welcomed every guest, there was great ambience, we met some very interesting people and the food was amazing. We will be going back to Taunton to deal with some business and absolutely intend to stay there again.

Room Tip: I think the rooms at the top are smaller but they have amazing views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We arrived at about 18.30, booked in and the staff could not have been more helpfull, the room was spacious, the beds comfortable and the bathroom had everything you could wish for.
We also had dinner in the restaurant, everything was about as perfect as you could wish for, the food was 100% and the staff were friendly and helpfull. I would reccommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Property: The Castle at Taunton
Address: Castle Green, Taunton TA1 1NF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Taunton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Taunton
#3 Luxury Hotel in Taunton
#3 Business Hotel in Taunton
#8 Romantic Hotel in Taunton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Castle at Taunton 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Castle at Taunton, your hotel in the heart of Somerset. Whether you are exploring the finest landscapes of England's West Country, seeking a wedding or conference venue or looking for fun and exciting holiday activities for the entire family - The Castle Hotel offers unrivaled accommodation with plenty of warm, friendly hospitality to make your West Country business or pleasure visit memorable. ... more   less 
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