This hotel is extremely well run. Friendly efficient staff know exactly what the client wants. Breakfast superbly done, quality produce used and promptly served. Bathrooms sparkingly clean.
Bar meal: super tender roast beef sandwich, melt in the mouth best I've ever had. Truly outstanding.
The hotel dates back to 1905 and is 2 minutes from Colwall station. Hotel pictures linked to website are a bit deceptive - the ample parkland is in fact not surrounding the entire building - but is on one side. The other three sides are a street, ample parking (between hotel and station) and a reasonably quiet road.
The downsides of the Colwall Park are to do with the buildings age and the legacy of a different hotel culture typical of the period 1930-1950. In those days: hotels were places to sleep and be fed, and socialise. Guests in those days spent little time in their rooms apart from sleeping. So, the rooms today are quite cramped (we stayed in a standard double - not the smallest). There is no room for more than one suitcase to be placed in an accessible position. TVs are on the small side. Wifi good and quite fast.
In compensation, the social spaces are ample and much larger than more modern hotels . On the first floor there's a good sized lounge with armchairs and sofas. It overlooks the well-kept gardens. There's a larger, library type lounge on the ground floor and the bar is also spacious.
You can walk straight out of the hotel over the rail bridge to a path leading on to the Malvern Hills. Also very pleasant walk up the hill to brilliant Chase Inn pub - which has a great west-facing garden, perfect for a real ale (or three) sundowner.
Colwall is perfect for arriving by rail - direct service from London. Short journey to nearby Malvern and Ledbury (c 10 mins).
Modern tourists undoubtedly prefer to treat their hotel rooms like a self-contained flat with space to hibernate in when the weather isn't good. The Colwall Park won't score highly on this scale.
In sum, thoroughly recommend the Colwall Park but lack of room space could be a deal-breaker for some. I would definitely stay again, now that I understand that service given by genuinely pleasant staff far outweighs a lack of room space. Thanks to all at the hotel !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Renowned for superb food and friendly efficient service, Colwall Park is a luxury hotel in Malvern located halfway between the Cotswolds and Welsh Marches and just 15 minutes from M5/M50. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of a welcoming country house hotel complete with walks on the Malvern Hills direct from our gardens! Dine on gourmet food in our award-winning Seasons Restaurant, indulge in afternoon tea in a Worcestershire setting, and try our popular Lantern Bar - a meeting place for locals and residents alike. ... more less
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