Chose this hotel primarily because we were looking to visit Oxford and Bath and this location was central for both and they were offering a special deal for Valentines / half term.
The rooms are adequate sized and the bed was comfortable. As mentioned in previous reviews the only down side is the fact that the rooms are far too hot but we immediately turned off the radiator in the room and opened the window to cool it down. Did not have to switch the radiator back on for the remainder of the 3 night stay.
Used the gym and pool facilicities on the first day we arrived and both were adequate. When you hand in your room key they exchange this for a locker key and a fresh towel so no need to take your own.
As mentioned we wanted to do some sightseeing in the surrounding areas. Wanting to have relaxing days out and be able to enjoy a drink if wanted, we decided to check out the local transport system.
The hotel is just under 3 miles out of the centre of Swindon and in the middle of a leisure complex which includes a cinema, bowling alley, supermarket, couple of restaurants etc. We do a lot of walking but not really an easy way to walk into the town so elected to catch one of the many regular buses from the Link Centre across the road from the hotel - a couple of minutes walk. The buses run until at least 10.30pm - 11pm at night.
The train station and bus station are close together. There is a direct train to Bath which takes about 30 mins and runs practically every half hour and costs (for an adult off peak) £10 return which was well worth the money.
We could have caught a train to Oxford but would have had to change at Didcott for a connecting service. We decided instead therefore to take a Stagecoach Gold service (Number 66) from the bus centre (from the actual station and not from the road bus stops where all the local buses start and finish). The cheapest way to do this is to purchase a Stagecoach Explorer ticket - get the no 8 from the Link Centre and you can purchase on this bus saving you the extra fare down into Swindon - for £6 per adult! Absolute bargain and the buses are brand new and very clean and comfortable. The journey does take an hour and a quarter but you do get to take in some of the lovely countryside on the journey. Again this is a regular service - every half hour.
Food-wise - the breakfasts are buffet, self-service style but more than adequate. We ate one night in Buco's, the American/ Italian restaurant within the hotel, and found this to offer a wide selection and we were happy with our choices. We also ate on our last night in Verve the pus within the hotel and again enjoyed a more than adequate burger. We did however have recommended to us a couple of restaurants in Swindon town centre - an Indian by the name of Khyber and a Chinese by the name of Swindon Rendevous. We did not get to the Chinese but the Indian was superb and comes highly recommended. We went on a Friday night at around 8.30pm and did not have to book. Superb food, lovely clean premises and really friendly staff. (Get the No 8 bus and, rather than going all the way into town, ask the driver to give you a shout for the nearest bus stop to Rudi's and Khyber is just around the corner from there - this will save you a 10 minute walk back up the hill).
Overall a good place to stay.
- Also Known As:
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- De Vere Village Swindon Hotel
- Swindon De Vere Shaw Ridge
- De Vere Village Swindon Wiltshire
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