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“Christmas Break”
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Buckingham Hotel
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Buxton
Derby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Christmas Break”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Well, after we got over the initial shock, and it was a shock - this is not what you would expect of a hotel, more a large bed and breakfast.

The hotel is very dated, and not in a good way. It is very lived in.

The staff were very friendly, the 'restaurant' was OK, the food was OK. Ramsy's bar was OK...it looks a little aggressive when you first walk in as it is used by locals, but, once you are over that it is fine. There were only two bitters on hand not the masses I was expecting.

Location wise it is fantastic, Pavilion Gardens across the road, Poole's Cavern 15minutes walk, restaurants and the town centre 5minutes walk.

I suppose the acid test is, would I go back again? Short answer is no.

Pleasant place but it is not a hotel for me, not in this day and age.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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cheltenham
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

A unique experience; great location by the Pavilion Gdns, ample parking. All the walls and lift full of film and theatre posters, cosy attic room with cumfy bed and corner bath! no.38 called Voodoo (8 pix of Gary Oldman on the walls,no one else!). All rooms have a name and movie star theme. Weird breakfast which we had on day 1, but found plenty of good alternatives in town and in the Pavilion for the other 2 days. Very traditional public spaces mostly; lounge has huge and varied selections of magazines, games and a tv. At the reception desk is a huge number of local guide books to borrow, and some to buy. The bar has reasonable prices but not very comfortable. Amusing picture of Basil Fawlty at the main entrance tells you that some classes of people will get discounts, others will have to pay a premium; did not test this out! All staff warm and welcoming. Our first time in the Buxton area, thoroughly enjoyed the experience, including a panto at the gorgeous opera house other side of the gardens. We will return in a different season..

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

Clean, warm, good location, handy parking, toiletries provided, full sky tv,Soft towels, thanks for our stay we enjoyed my birthday recommend comedy club, didn't eat at hotel but menu looked good. Hotel bar busy.

  • Stayed December 2013
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mansfield, england
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Buckingham Hotel is an excellent place to explore the spa town of Buxton and the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. It is also quite near to the Opera House, spas and shops. It is pet friendly and there is adequate free parking at the hotel and nearby park lands for exercising your dog. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the meals were superb. The buffet breakfast is surprisingly, but also pleasingly, different to anything that we have had before and the evening dinners were first class - both in quality and in presentation. Price wise - a bargain ! Thank you Buckingham Hotel for everything that you did to make our short break very memorable - we will be back.

Room Tip: Room 9 is at top of stairs leading to outside door affording a quick exit for taking a dog outside.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

First impressions from outside we're good. Hotel staff very friendly, locals in the bar were also really helpful helping with local walks and places to eat. Great location.
Rooms comfortable, beds very comfortable, rooms were very warm indeed, maybe a little too warm :)
Decor very tiered, a little whacky to be honest, me and my husband we're put in the grim reaper room!!!!
In the bar area there was garden furniture for tables not a good look.
We were a party of 12 and decided to eat in the restaurant the first night, waitress really pleasant but the food was mediocre, wouldn't recommend eating there, plenty of eateries around buxton.
Would recommend as was great value for money.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Great location, all staff very helpful (apart from one), very quirky setting, spotlessly clean but the Johnny Depp room (where we were staying) had a strong and inexplicable chemical smell (we can still smell it on our belongings and have even had to wash unworn clothes, bags and toiletries to get rid of the smell) - it made us feel nauseous as did one member of staff.

When we politely questioned an administrative error, we found this one staff member to be officious and a little hostile (we ended up having to pay for a night we didn't stay). The cost to us was negligible and immaterial but her attitude and questionable customer service skills did spoil our stay and were the determining cause of our early departure. Please be aware - the fact we didn't receive a refund did not upset us - it was simply her attitude. I'd recommend that you immediately notify staff of problems - but I wouldn't recommend expecting gestures of goodwill from this lady!

It would be unfair however to concentrate on the one negative (yet significant) aspect of this hotel. We found it a nice place with excellent food, a tremendous selection of beers, lots of room, excellent resources, brilliantly located and very easy to find.

Visit the Buckingham for a very different and borderline esoteric experience!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed for one night at the Buckingham, we wished we had been able to stay longer. We found the hotel easy to find and it was just a three minute walk through the pavilion gardens to the Opera House in Buxton town.
The staff were all very friendly and the room we had was quite large and had two nice easy chairs to lounge in. The bathroom had a free standing bath and a separate shower cubical. Everything was lovely and clean and had my favourite toiletries.
The hotel bar was bustling and friendly and prices were very reasonable. If we get the chance to stay in Buxton again, the Buckingham Hotel will be our first port of call.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Buckingham Hotel

Property: Buckingham Hotel
Address: 1 Burlington Road, Buxton SK17 9AS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Buxton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Buxton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Buckingham Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Buxton’s BEST VALUE Hotel! Central Location, Free Parking, Comfortable Rooms, Amazing Breakfast Experience, Free Wi-Fi, 80 current magazines4loan.Ramsay’s Restaurant & Real Ale Bar is CAMRA RECOMMENDED (and the highest rated bar in town on beerintheevening) and features an awesome Daily Happy Hour. Foodwise, Project:EAT provides a sublime dining experience to suit all pockets (mains £5-18). ... more   less 
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