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Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Coleford
Reviewed February 21, 2014

first of all on the plus side,the food was excellent.the room we had (room 11) was a large family room with 2 single and 1 double bed.i slept in the double and it felt as though it was lined with iron bars.this mattress needs replacing.the wardrobe had no light near it so you could barely see inside it as it was in a dark corner.walking across the courtyard to the dining area in the rain was not fun,it needs a covered walkway.wifi only worked in reception.we were on a short mat bowls break,but the bowls hall is a very tight squeeze with little room to stand,with no room at ends at all.drinks were pricey also.staff were friendly.creeky floorboards in rooms.hard pillows

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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BellsHotelManagement, General Manager at Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to leave you comments regarding your stay with us. I am pleased that you enjoyed both the food and the size of your room. I am sorry to hear that you didn’t find your bed as comfortable as you would have liked. Over the years we have found that a comfortable mattress can be very subjective and so what one guest likes will not necessary be the same as what another guest likes. All of our mattresses are also replaced on a regular basis. You may also be pleased to know that we now have wifi throughout the Site.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

I have been running a golf/rugby weekend at the bells over the last 9 years with varying numbers from 4 to over 40.every time we go we have a great time,golf is good,facilities are good and staff are great.The only thing that let us down this year were the Welsh rugby team. We would also like to thank the husband of one of the cleaning staff who transported us to the village to watch the rugby.one last thing is to comment on the locals who welcome us every year to enjoy a pint or two or three or----.
Thanks again all at the bells, see you next year.
Big Al from Swansea

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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BellsHotelManagement, General Manager at Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thanks guys for leaving us such a great review. Better luck next year with the Rugby and we will look forward to welcoming you back then.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

I have been visiting Bells Hotel (particularly the clubhouse) for over 6 years, Not being a Golfer i cannot really comment on the Golf Facilities, other than to say they seem to be extremely popular and the comments about the course with those i speak to in the clubhouse are always favourable.

The Clubhouse and rooms however are excellent, friendly staff, good value food and reasonably priced drinks - well worth a visit if your in the area even if only to Dine, have a beer in the bar or attend one of their very popular theme nights.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Rob E
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BellsHotelManagement, General Manager at Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2014

It is always nice to receive praise from regular customers; I hope that we can continue to impress you in the future.

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Our organisation held a training workshop at the hotel this week . It was very comfortable. Lunch and coffee were delivered at the expected times and just right. Staff were helpful, parking easy and plentiful. The training room was spacious,quiet, well ventilated and yet warm,( which mattered on a miserable wet day in January.)Loos easy to access from the meeting room and clean. Chairs good enough to sit on all day which sounds silly but not every training room can say that! WiFi worked. Excellent experience. Can recommend to other meetings. Thank you.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Walesvisit0r
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BellsHotelManagement, General Manager at Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. I am happy to hear that everything went well on your training day. I am also pleased that you found the chairs good enough to sit on! Joking aside I do take your point. It is also good to hear that you would recommend us to others.

We will look forward to hosting some of your events again in the future.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

At the last minute almost, having been let down by another venue the Bells offered us a New Years Eve Celebration that rated as being one of the best in many years!

The menu was superb, wine priced very reasonably and the welcome given both the organisers and other revellers was not to be missed.

The entertainment offered was also superb, with a live vocalist interspersed with a disco gave a New Years Eve not to be forgotten

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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BellsHotelManagement, General Manager at Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2014

Many thanks for you kind comments; I am glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much at out New Year celebration. We will look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We had Christmas lunch at Bells for the first time and completely disagree with the Exeter guest - apart from the comment about horrendous weather ! It is true that there was a coach party in, presumably on holiday in the hotel, and there did appear to be a table of 6 in particular suffering from Bah Humbug. Perhaps the Exeter guest was one of those. Because it was busy it meant that there was the odd delay but the food was excellent and plentiful, the staff were helpful and management were clearly in evidence. It is not true that there was only carrots and peas - there was a good variety of vegetables to choose from. We didn't want fast food, we wanted good food and good service and that's what we got. We'll be back.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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BellsHotelManagement, General Manager at Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience with us. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your Christamas day as much as our staff did. I am also pleased that we will be welcoming you back to the Hotel in the future.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Don't know what hotel that woman from Exeter went too, but it wasn't the one I was at. For a 3* hotel it is excellent. The rooms are plenty large enough for most and the food is very good with a variety of veg at each meal There was a delay over Christmas dinner, but what the heck non of us had a train to catch, and so we spent the wait being sociable and having a laugh with the hard working staff. I couldn't praise the staff enough for their attentiveness and hard work, and the management were very much in evidence with their sleeves rolled up and trying to give all the guests a good time. Perhaps all didn't go exactly to plan, but I and my friends had a great time. After all 'it's the season to be jolly'!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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BellsHotelManagement, General Manager at Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2014

We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review of your Christmas break with us. I am pleased that you enjoyed the Christmas break and found the Hotel to be excellent. It is also nice to hear you praise our hardworking staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hotel in the future.

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Additional Information about Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club

Address: Lords Hill, Coleford GL16 8BE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Forest of Dean > Coleford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Coleford
Price Range: $78 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bells Hotel and the Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club 3*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Forest of Dean in the historic market town of Coleford, this exceptional hotel and leisure complex offers an 18-hole parkland golf course, clubhouse, superb restaurant and bowling green.With spectacular views of the surrounding countryside as well as the rolling parkland, lakes and woodland of the golf course the Bell Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind. With friendly yet professional service, guests can expect their stay to be both enjoyable and delightfully memorable. The Hotel has a traditional, historic feel coupled with a great range of modern facilities. Each of the 53 en-suite rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed and they all include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, biscuits and tea & coffee making facilities. Many also boast beautiful views over the golf course and bowling green. There are accommodation options to cater to all types of traveller, from Single, Double, Twin and Family rooms to spacious Suites and 2 rooms that are suitable for wheelchair users. Their staff are available 24 hours a day, ensuring a warm welcome whatever time guests arrive.The Clubhouse bar is open all day every day and serves drinks and bar snacks throughout. Guests are free to relax and have a game of pool, watch Sky Sports or keep an eye on the afternoon’s play in the conservatory and terrace suite which has views over the bowling green. For some truly superb cuisine, Potter’s Restaurant offers a fantastic selection homemade dishes all of which are made from fresh locally sourced produce wherever possible.Founded in 1973, the Forest of Dean Golf Club at Bells offers a 69 par eighteen-hole golf course that is both a challenge and a joy to play regardless of ability. It also incorporates a large practice ground, putting green and a well-stocked golf shop.The Hotel also boasts a county standard bowling green, with has its own patio seating area and is overlooked by a south facing balcony.With such a spectacular location and excellent facilities, it is no surprise to learn that the Hotel makes for a wonderful venue for weddings and other special occasions. It is also ideal for corporate events and conferences with several different meeting rooms available in a range of different sizes.The Hotel is situated in the Forest of Dean in the town of Coleford just a 35 minute drive from Gloucester and 12 minutes from the A40, what’s more it offers plenty of free on-site parking. The city of Gloucester offers excellent transport links and there is also a local station at Lydney, just a 13 minute taxi ride from the Hotel. For those flying in, it’s just under a 90 minute drive from Birmingham International Airport.Situated in the unspoilt beauty of the Royal Forest of Dean, an area of outstanding natural beauty, visitors to the Hotel will never be short of things to do. ... more   less 
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