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“Very nice, have they listened?” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Plough
Ranked #35 of 69 Alnwick B&B and Inns
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Very nice, have they listened?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

I booked this hotel for my partner's birthday and was looking for a decent place to stay in Alnwick. I was worried about some of the negative reviews left by other people but couldn't find any other reasonable alternatives so I went for it! I'm not sure if they have read previous reviews and acted on them, or if it was a coincidence, but the staff were very welcoming and helpful. They were there on arrival and the best thing was that there were no taxi's available, so they gave us a lift to another restaurant at their suggestion!!!
The room was nicely decorated - a bit of a smell from the toilet though (room 2) and it was true (as was in another review) that the radiators are on full blast, so it is boiling hot! We had to open the window and leave the room to cool while we were out. It's modern in feel, just needs a few adjustments in my view - a valance so you can't see the wheels of the bed and another shelf in the small bathroom. Some tissues and a suitcase stand would also help as I prefer to spend the first 5 mins unpacking and getting organised rather than covering the surfaces in stuff.
The breakfast was very nice and a good selection of hot food. I stay all over the world, so I really am rather picky!!! I would certainly recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank snowqueen75
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

Looking to organise a golfing trip for Sept. next year we were drawn to stop by the lighting and beauty of the sandstone building for an overnight stay. It became two nights after we had lovely spacious rooms with two excellent evening meals and tasty breakfasts . Lovely kind and helpful staff. Would recommend for location , off road private parking ,in town and handy for A1.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Peter R
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

Room was lovely with more than enough space for two adults and one child. Staff were very helpful and friendly. We ate in the restaurant and the food was delicious. Early Bird menu excellent value for money. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Angela F
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Phuket, Thailand
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

What a gem of a place. Travelled to Alnwick for business and on arrival was greeted by cheery helpful staff in the bar and shown to my room. The room was comforable, well decorated, with a large ensuite. I had not booked a table for an evening meal, but was immediately shown to a table even though the restaurant was busy. Service was quick, efficient, friendly and helpful and the food was superb. Only down side was that I was only staying there for one night! Would I go there again, most definitely!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 123Avril
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England
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2011

My husband & I stayed in this hotel on the eve of our wedding & the night of our wedding. So did many of our wedding guests , all of whom were disappointed with the standards of the rooms facilities in the hotel and the staff's attitudes. The rooms are decorated nicely but the appearance is very deceiving.

The room we were in had a fridge which did not work, a T.V which would not change channel and a blind which was broken which resulted in us returning from our wedding and having to sit for 40 minutes whilst the night porter fiddled with it. He couldn't fix it so we were taken to a room across the corridor that was tiny and had the most dreadful sewage smell in there. VERY DISAPPOINTING!

There is no room service (no phones in any of the rooms to call for drinks etc) if you do go down to reception (which is actually the bar of the hotel) there was never anyone there. This resulted in playing find a staff member. It was all very irritating.

The cleaning staff ( and I really don't like to say this but sadly it is just a fact) were the rudest most common women I think I've ever come accross.

On the morning of my wedding whilst I was getting myself ready and being happy, these two wisoned old ladies had nothing better to do than moan about other guests who were staying in the hotel to me( not my business what anyone else is or is not doing in the hotel). They wanted to be in my room when it was not at all convenient.I found them to be extremely offensive and rude in their tone and manner. If you asked for anything there wasn't once a thank you sir or madam. They were overly familiar with us. Not in a friendly way. In a rude, inappropriate way.

The bathroom door was broken i.e it would not stay shut of its own accord. This was very irritating and caused embarrassing problems when my bridesmaid or I needed the loo and the photographer was present.

The breakfast they supplied was ok. So there's a positive.I guess if you wanted to stay here for just the night and then go off for the day it'd be fine, but for a wedding party - bad news and do avoid it! Rooms are small and not much room to walk about the bed.

There appears to be a drainage problem in this hotel. All our guets and ourselves complained about the awful sewage smell in every room.

I hated my stay here and so did all our guests. Avoid it.

Room Tip: There are no good rooms in this hotel. Sorry.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank TinkEngland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

Myself and a friend stayed here on a fri and sat night.when we arrived there was no reception to check in nor any staff around! Had to wait ages for a member of staff to assist us.the window was facing the drive into the car park so each time you got changed you had to shut the blind as people could see straight into our room!the bathroom stank of sewerage and made awful gurgling noises ALL night.the following day we was pulled aside by an unsavoury female staff member that "told us off" like school children for smoking in the room,however it was nowhere stated that smoking was not permitted. A book appeared on our bed open paged quoting "you will be fined 50.00 for smoking in this room.hammering/maintenance work going on outside our window Sunday lunchtime.staff were unorganised,no phone in the room,I also had to ask for the heating to be put on..twice. It was freezing in the room! Bed was 2singles bolted together with a sponge topper that made you roll into the middle. Some light bulbs were out also thick dust on bedroom furniture! Total rip off for 100.00 a night. A stay at the ritz can be found cheaper! Never again.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Chuckanpliers
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Port Orchard, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

The hotel is well decorated and the rooms are nice but we had to tolerate 2 nights of sewer stink coming from the shower and toilet in our room. Something to do with the type of plumbing apparently but it was so very bad. Also we had 4 recess lights not working in our room which made the lighting very bad. Food is good but service is terrible and at breakfast there was not one single table cleaned. I certainly do not think it is worth the 115 GBP per night. I will never stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jane S
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Property: The Plough
Address: 24 Bondgate Without, Alnwick NE66 1PN, England (Formerly Blackmore's of Alnwick)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Alnwick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in Alnwick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Plough 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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Also Known As:
Blackmore`s Of Alnwick Hotel Alnwick
Blackmores Hotel Alnwick
The Plough Alnwick, Northumberland

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