We were given a very welcome gift of a voucher for an overnight stay at the Castle Hotel. It was a lovely surprise but unfortunately the Hotel did not live up to our expectations. Having read the fabulous reviews we were expecting a great stay with comfortable surroundings, great food and friendly staff. The location and setting is fabulous with stunning views with country walks on the doorstep. However, the Hotel itself was run down and in need of refurbishment. The furniture in the bar areas were torn and stained with dirty rugs and cobwebs on the lighting. The bedroom, although adequate in size, was extremely cold with a draft and, on closer inspection, there was a gap around the window where it did not fit the frame. We had a meal in the restaurant during the evening (which is the same bar room we were in earlier only with a table laid) which was disappointing. The food was fresh and hot but was overpriced for what was served and service was definitely not with a smile. Having said that, the breakfast service was a different story and we went from one extreme to the other. The Hotel itself, in my opinion, is not a 4 star rating - it is an overpriced pub with rooms with lovely surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Georgian Coaching Inn in one of Shropshire’s prettiest towns, with lovely gardens, countryside views and no passing traffic. Eight pretty en-suite bedrooms, three bars with open fires and an oak paneled restaurant serving great value modern British food. Or relax with a cooling beverage on our fabulous south-facing terrace and watch the buzzards and hang-gliders soar the surrounding hills. Great walking from the hotel front-door. Ludlow, Clun, Shrewsbury and Powis Castle all within easy reach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Castle Hotel Bishops Castle, England