I am an international traveller that loves to stay at hotels that are not the ordinary chain. I look for friendly atmosphere, clean room, nice facilities and quality. I have stayed at the Bridge Hotel with my family (three young boys) on vacation, and on my own many times during business layovers for many years.
The hotel is located above an English pub, next to the Thames River, with another pub accross the bridge opposite the Bridge. I has seen this hotel turn from a cosy, friendly hotel with a lovely pub/restaurant which catered for families to some thing that I cannot recommend to most travellers. A recent buyout has bought new management with new ideas and princinples.
First has gone is half the pub/resaurant, sacrificed for more hotel rooms. This pub was lovely with little nooks and cranies to hide out if you wanted a quiet pint, but had plently of room for the busy days. However the pub/restaurant is now too small to be any good and the menu has become poor, service has gone down, and the locals are abandoning this pub. It is certainly no longer family friendly as there is no room for families to be seated.
Instead the pub is now being filled with the binge drinkers as the hotel is now catering for the local wedding parties where guests need to start drinking early and crash later. Be prepared for the load shouting and swearing outside your non-air conditioned room.
If you are international traveller that arrives early or late, the hotel has introduced a ealrly check in/late check out fee even if your room is completely ready for you and unoccupied. As the manager quoted to me "we are trying to avoid the party guests from checking in too early". He stated he had no intention in changing this policy for international travellers that were not part of any party. Management attitude has changed from the family atmosphere to rules, rules and more rules! If only the airlines and conferences could follow the Bridge Hotel rules we would be in a great position!
Breakfast is now poor. Half harted attempt at a breakfast buffet. The full english is OK but you have to pay extra for that. Rooms are basic and clean, but non-air conditioned so you will have your windows open during the hot nights. Busy road may disturb light sleepers, but the late night reverlers will wake you up.
There are plently of other hotels in the Egham, Shepperton, Staines area that are much better than the Bridge Hotel. Avoid this one until a new buyout brings a "can do" attitude to its management and new owners. good luck is you choose to pick this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for comfortable accommodation in 3 star hotels, family-friendly hotels or riverside restaurants in Chertsey and Surrey? You've come to the right place. Take a stroll out to the riverside bar and terrace, order a cappuccino or a drink. Then settle down to enjoy the views of the Thames, the historic Chertsey Bridge and the green fields beyond. Allow us to spoil you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bridge Hotel Chertsey, Surrey