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“A Pleasant Weekend Stay”
Review of The Bear Hotel

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The Bear Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cowbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2008

We stayed for two nights over a weekend in the Bear's Flat 2, a little along the road from the hotel. The space was a good size, with high ceilings, a well appointed kitchen, bright and airy bathroom, (fantastic power shower, no bath), lounge with flat screen TV and two double bedrooms. The decor was modern with a contemporary feel, beds were large and comfortable with duvets, towels soft and fluffy. The flat has its' own parking area and the deal we had included breakfast at the hotel, and full resident access to the restaurant and bars.

There was also free WiFi.

All the staff were very friendly and welcoming and the hotel bar had a good atmosphere. Breakfast was good on both mornings, a selection of fresh fruit, cereal, pastries and traditional hot foods.

There were some things that showed a lack of attention to detail: the flat had three of many items despite being for four, several lamps were placed where there was no socket which could be easily fixed with an extension lead or a replacement cable and one bedroom had no where to hang your clothes. When we commented on this, the staff were speedy in their response to replenish a fourth of everything (even a dining chair!) and took on board our comments re clothes hanging and sockets for future reference (we assume).

The only other comments I would make is that as the flat is on the main road through Cowbridge, and does not have air conditioning, it is fairly noisy to sleep in with open windows, both late night revelers and early Saturday morning traffic, so be warned. Flat 2 is also on the very top floor, steps then 3 flights of stairs.

Cowbridge is great, plenty of choice for eating and drinking, and a taxi to Cardiff using Cowbridge and Vale cost around £30 for four (one way).

If in this part of the world again, we would stay at the Bear, but perhaps in a quieter room back from the road and away from the busy function room.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 9, 2008

Stayed here for one night on business recently. (Paid £70 for single occupancy of a double room.)

Check-in was smooth and friendly; room allocated (28) had just been refurbished to a high standard- very comfortable and chic with good quality furniture and fittings. We decided to take advantage of the good weather and eat from the bar menu on one of the tables outside. The food was most edible but not very exciting, and the service was a little slow. Breakfast offered a good choice in the 'bear pit restaurant- a rather dark and dreary cellar that lacked natural light. The cooked English breakfast was extensive and of good quality. The hotel has a nice courtyard for summer drinking and eating al-fresco. Some of the public areas could do with refurbishing as they are showing signs of wear and tear. The hotel has excellent parking facilities at the back of the building. All in all, a very pleasant stay in a beautiful small town that contains many restaurants and lots of small boutiques. Cowbridge is an affluent area and an evening stroll after dinner felt safe and rewarding. If the 30 minute drive into Cardiff can be tolerated, this is certainly a good place to chill out away from the city and a very good option for chilling out during a week-end break.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 17, 2008

Stayed here for 3 nights whilst on business locally.

The room initially allocated to me was simply horrid, a double room, in the main old part of the hotel, dark & dingy and right above the bar area where the football commentary beamed out! not a good start, so i went back down to reception and asked for another room. The member of staff was very helpful and understanding and without fuss gave me the opportunity to view two other rooms, both in the newish annex to the rear of the hotel.

These were a marked improvement, new, clean, bright, airy. I ended up in the 3rd room offered to me, which was a Junior Suite, with a nice sunny double aspect on the first floor, sep bath/shwr//wc and a large bedroom with desk & tea/coffee facilties, and also a luggage storage area and wardrobe, containing a iron & board. This room was home for the next 3 days.

I was able to work here with my laptop and free wi-fi.
The room was newly refurbed, and warm, comfy double bed, and a nice warm fully functional shower/bath etc. All cleaned and serviced daily.

Free, secure car parking is provided at the rear of the hotel too.
The hotel has a lounge bar, and a sports type bar, you can eat in both, with main or snack meals being served.

The food i had was fine. No compliants and service was good too, in fact all the staff were helpful and eager to please.
Breakfast was served from 0700 and offers a wide choice of fare, cooked well, and again with efficent staff.

Cowbridge is a quiet market town, has a couple of nice pubs, and a number of places to get a good meal. It proved to be an ideal choice to stay, and within a 20min drive from the airport. I probably would stay here again, but only in one of their newer superior suites, in the annex, not the old part of the hotel, which, due to its age, is very olde worlde, with sloping creaking floor boards and not very well sound proofed.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

I have just stayed at The Bear for business purposes. I was in a single room which was not large but it was clean, comfortable and had everything I needed. The staff were friendly, I would certainly consider staying here again.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled on business
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1  Thank Lizzim
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Reviewed June 12, 2007

excellent service at a great price, lovely friendly staff. New bar area is relaxing and great value. keep up the good work

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 4, 2006

The Bear is typical of almost decrepit hotels thinking they are up with the best. I often wonder who writes those effusive reviews of places like The Bear. The lobby is dirty, the food mediocre and my room smelt of disinfectant. Stange, that, because when I entered the bathrom, the floor was sticky with what appeared to be beer.
Breakfast was nothing special and the hotel will not be my first choice next time I work in Cardiff.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 3, 2006

Cowbridge is a lovely town with grat shopping etc The Bear Hotel is an old building and so you have to accommodate for the odd creaky floor board or sloping walls.
Staff very friendly, food goo, breakfast excellent.
Not the place to go for a business meeting or healthspa weekend, but a great place to chill and enjoy watching the world go by.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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3  Thank palldoc
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Additional Information about The Bear Hotel

Address: 63 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AF, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > South Wales > Vale of Glamorgan > Cowbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cowbridge
Price Range: $126 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bear Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bear has origins as far back as the 12th Century, but it's best known as the inn where they changed the horses on the mail run from Cardiff to Swansea. This famous Coaching Inn is steeped in history. Nowadays, this privately owned 3 star hotel is famed for its fine home-cooked food, friendly atmosphere and really good ale. During the 18th Century, Napoleon's troops were held in the 'Bear Pit' en route to London after a failed invasion at Fishguard! The Bear rests in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, surrounded by beautiful rural hills. The Brecon Beacons and the Welsh Valleys are close by, with breathtaking views. Some of the Valleys still have the mining houses visible as you drive through. The hotel is on the main high street of the historic town of Cowbridge. This chic market town boasts some fabulous boutique shops, lingering walks around the Roman wall and some of the most beautiful town-houses. ... more   less 
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Bear Hotel Cowbridge
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