We recently stayed at The Old Bridge, as a treat to ourselves for our wedding anniversary.
I had booked under the standard tarriff for a four poster room as we didn't require an evening meal as we were booked to eat elsewhere. The first thing I have to say is that you really are better off booking under their "weekend special" rate - for us it would have been cheaper - especially in room service terms, but more about that later.
As we arrived at The Old Bridge, we became very quickly aware that they also had a wedding going on....the spaces in the car park were really few and far between...and it's a large car park! We were dealt with very promptly and efficiently at reception, and made our way to our room. I had been very excited at the prospect of staying there - the rooms looked very luxiourious...and they didn't disappoint! We were in Room 1....a four poster room. Both the bedroom and the bathroom are spotlessley clean...in fact I have never seen such a clean bathroom! We didn't have one of the roll top baths (there are in Rooms 5 and 6 Four posters, and I believe some of the other rooms too), but I was still beside myself with how beautiful and clean both rooms were. The bed was very comfortable....excellent pillows and nice and firm. You do have bottled water in your room, but no hospitality tray of any description. We ordered tea via room service, with arrived promptly with lemon biscuits....delicious. I do have to say though that the the tea we had on both occasions (when we arrived and our early morning tea - which is complimentary) was acually lukewarm...not hot...which was a major letdown for such a beautifully presented tray of tea! With the tea that we ordered on arrival we also ordered two scones with jam and cream. I have never seen such big juicy scones! They were lovely. The tea and scones were chargable, but for what we got I was happy with the price. As I've said, tea or coffee is delivered to your room before breakfast and that is included in the standard tarriff. If we'd have booked under the "weekend tariff" rate - the cream tea would have been included in that too.
Contrary to some other reviews we did have bathrobes in our room and there were plenty of towels (again beautifully laundered).
The TV in the room was of high quality - Bang & Olfsen...much to my husbands delight.
The guest information pack was excellent - and gave very clear instructions on how to operate both the TV and the Air Conditioning unit that is in the room. I was very pleased to see an IPod dock (which you could use to charge an iPhone on too).
Toiletrees were excellent - Molton Brown. Also there was plenty of tissues, a vanity pack (cotton buds etc) and a shower cap in the bathroom. Wardrobe space was good, and plenty of wooden coat hangers.
We headed out for the evening - just as the evening wedding guests were starting to arrive. We returned about 3 hours later planning to have a drink in the bar before bed. Obviously, as a wedding party was taking place, the bar was BUSY. Nowhere to sit and nowhere to stand - unless you wanted to stand right in a corner! All the tables that were free had "reseved" signs on them. Now on hindsight it may well have been that the tables were reserved for residents - but as there was no one round to ask I'm not sure! In the end we decided just to head back to our room and perhaps order some room service - yes it would have cost - but we didn't mind as we were "treating ourselves".
Unfortunatley my when my husband rang reception, there was no reply and our call went through to answer machine. This had happened when I ordered our cream tea earlier in the day BUT the receptionist rang our room very promptly to assist us -even without me leaving a message! Alas no one returned our calls, and we weren't really in the mood to keep ringing or go back down to reception! The wedding was obviously keeping everyone very busy - and thats ok, but it's just a shame that we never managed to get a drink!
As I've said - the bed was very comfortable, and we had a great nights sleep.
After our morning tea, and after husband had read his complimentary newspaper - for which there is a good selection...some hotels we've stayed at only offer broadsheet newspapers, we went down to breakfast. Very prompt, polite service. An excellent selection of food....from pastries, porridge, fruit, meats, cheeses etc, down to the Traditional cooked breakfast, which of course we had! Absolutley delicious!
There is also a wine shop attached to the hotel - we never really got around to visiting that....I wish we had!
So to sum up: Spotlessly clean, attentive polite staff - although I think they could have done with a couple more on duty the night we stayed, from the breakfast - great food.
But if you're planning a weekend visit - do yourself a favour...don't just book for a room....book the weekend package.
Yes, The Old Bridge is expensive (on comparison we could have booked a Suite at a local hotel with a spa for cheaper that what we paid), but there is something about The Old Bridge that makes you want to return. I very much hope that we can return soon - I just hope there's no wedding on when we do! HOWEVER I would have loved to have got married there myself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A handsome, ivy-clad 18th century building, once a private bank, overlooking the River Ouse and yet right on the edge of the town centre. Its atmosphere balances that of a boutique townhouse hotel and a bustling, relaxed, traditional inn. 24 beautiful air-conditioned bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms. Fine but informal restaurant, twice winner of AA award for best wine list in the UK. Also wine shop with 'enomatic' tasting machines, bar with real ales, and free wifi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Bridge Hotel Huntingdon
- Old Bridge Huntingdon
- Old Bridge Hotel Huntingdon