Having trawled hotel booking sites for exactly what we need (a room near Bath with space for a child and a dog) our last ditch hope was for the Best Western in Chippenham. For some reason Best Western, in my mind, conjures up budget hotels with low standards.
On arrival I was amazed by the size of our room (room 111 is a huge family room) as well as the hotel having an indoor swimming pool to keep our son occupied. The total price was £120 including breakfast (very good bacon). The room had a large sofa bed, incredibly comfortable king-sized bed, and a very large LG tv (possibly 47").
Heavy wooden doors throughout the main part of the hotel give the impression that someone has thought about the interior rather than just opting for the cheapest alternative. Part of the dining room also has a mix-and-match approach to the chairs to give the feeling of a boutique hotel rather than a one-size-fits-all, generic chain.
On our arrival we were feeling tired, and so we decided to eat in the hotel. Again, not holding out much expectation of a decent meal I was hugely surprised by the cost and quality. We opted for the steak deal which, for £22, offered two sirloin steaks and a bottle of wine. Usually sirloin is a tricky cut to get right, but these were incredibly tender and cooked perfectly (and delicious). Having lived in France, I know how the French rarely cook their steaks correctly - I just didn't expect them to be trumped by a Best Western in Chippenham! Whilst the steaks were seared, they had then, correctly, been finished in the oven to allow for the inside to be cooked. Our rare steaks (NB not RAW - as you would often find them) were perfect.
Everyone whether it was the cleaning staff, reception or bar/restaurant staff was incredibly polite and friendly and the central phone booking line was very efficient. A special mention must go to the lady who served our dinner and extremely kindly searched out some chocolates for us as we couldn't manage an entire pudding. Amazing service.
I can thoroughly recommend staying in this hotel.
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- Chippenham Best Western
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