We spent six nights at Cliveden taking advantage of the winter package. The new management team were working hard to spruce the place up ahead of a visit from Relais et Chateaux which the hotel joined at the start of 2013.
Food was of a high standard and the chef very kindly modified the menu to suit my elderly father's slightly restricted diet. A couple of the fish dishes would have benefited from a creamy sauce but otherwise no complaints. Kippers at breakfast were dry but the muffins excellent and freshly baked each day as were the bread rolls.
Room service staff were consistently helpful though the ordering system was a little chaotic as the person answering room service had to put us on hold and ring the kitchen on another line to find out about the dishes of the day.
The grounds are magnificent and closed to the public in winter giving them more of an exclusive feel which offsets the absence of flowers and statues wrapped up in winter coverings.
My only complaint was the heating in my room (Sargent) which was impossible to moderate so I had to sleep with the windows fully open and curtains open in the middle of winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cliveden is unique. One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland and with wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames. It is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport. Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, and many other well-known names from the past and present. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cliveden House Hotel Taplow
- Cliveden House Taplow, UK - England