We had a great family short break stay here over new year of 2014.
The Wookey Hole hotel sits in a pleasant location in the centre of the village after which it is named, overlooking the buildings and facilities of the popular cave attraction. As well as the Wookey Hole caves, the location is excellent for exploring the Mendips, visiting Cheddar, Glastonbury and the nearby city of Wells. The hotel looks like it was completed very recently and as a result all is bright, shiny and new. Furnishings and décor are simple and restrained (some might say plain or 'vanilla') although there is nothing restrained about the life-sized witch that greets you in the entrance lobby!
Do not expect five star luxury, plush old-school charm or chic and boutique. Think more in terms of a decent quality Travelodge, Premier Inn or Holiday Inn Express and you cant go wrong. The fixtures and facilities are no better but where this hotel scores over it's rivals is in terms of room space. A family of four has to squeeze into a standard room with most of those hotel chains (pull out the sofa-bed and say goodbye to the carpet!) but here the family rooms really are a good size for a family.
We stayed in the Luxury Family room - the one with the curvy balcony. The word 'luxury' might be a bit misleading in terms of furniture and décor but that 31m2 of space (plus balcony) is certainly worth the extra cash. Other first floor rooms have Juliette type balconies. The real star of the show is the Witch's hat VIP suite - a two storey tower at one end of the hotel with sleeping mezzanine over living space below.
A quick scan of the fire plan on the back of our door showed four other rooms on the first floor of similar size and more interestingly, five pairs of standard rooms with interconnecting doors. Now that is something that definitely appeals to us, with two growing children - a pair of interconnecting rooms from as little as £60 per night!
We ate in the restaurant which, whilst it won't win any awards, was more than adequate. It features a limited menu of simple dishes that are cooked well and nicely presented. No complaints about the price though the bar really could do with some draught beers.
We found all staff to be pleasant, helpful and courteous during our stay.
Our room was spotless, had a good firm bed (Queen-size?) and the shower was excellent - powerful and easy to use.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally placed in the heart of Somerset, the Wookey Hole Hotel can boast luxury accommodation in picturesque surroundings. Wookey Hole is 2 miles from the medieval city of Wells and 20 miles from Bath and Bristol. Whether you’re thinking of a family break, a romantic night away, a group stay or looking for a unique wedding venue, look no further..! Wookey Hotel features: Free broadband WiFi connection. An elegant bar and restaurant, Easy access to the rest of Wookey Hole’s attractions, Free car parking, The chance to spend more time enjoying a beautiful area of South West England, rich in history and entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wookey Hole Hotel Wells, Somerset