Bit of a TripAdvisor virgin but had such a great stay at St Mary's that I couldn't not put pen to paper (well, key to board I suppose but you get the drift...)!
St Mary's Hall is amazing.
I stayed here a few weeks ago and am so glad I did.
Whether it's having a chat about your trip, your plans or anything else that crops up, telling you about the local area, inviting you to join them for a drink, planning your breakfast or showing you a truly beautiful motorbike, Jack and Joan couldn't be more of the perfect host. The thing that shines through in the manner they run their business is simply how much they care.
From the fluffy robes and towels to the very clever, sleek bathroom light switches (trust me they're cool), the whole experience is more akin to a boutique hotel than a village Bed & Breakfast.
I understand the bathrooms have recently been refitted and I definitely recommend planning at least an extra 10 minutes in the fantastic shower. Whilst staying in the downstairs double room, which I think can be made a twin instead too, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the other rooms and whether staying in the small but perfectly formed single room, the smart tower room or the spectacular garden suite I think I'd be more than happy which ever I ended up in.
Breakfast was great, Joan even planned it around my train and, despite the earlier than usual hour, my awkward vegetarian option was immaculate and was accompanied with an explanation of where the eggs came from (just down the road, free range of course)!
Basically, Jack and Joan made me feel more than welcome in what is now top of my list for weekend London escaping B&Bs!
Thanks Jack and Joan, your accolades are well deserved! See you again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gold Winner at the 2011-14 Beautiful South Awards. As recommended in The Times, a beautifully converted church in a quiet town location with Jane Austen's House, restaurants, pubs and transport all within easy walking distance. All rooms refurbished to a very high standard. Plus a spacious guest lounge with satellite TV/DVD player, free WiFi and fridge. Four Star accredited, plus Visit England's Silver Award. We have welcomed visitors from across the UK and from 30+ countries around the world, who visit the local attractions or stay whilst on business. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- St Mary`s Hall Hotel Alton
- St Mary`s Hall b&b