Lansdowne Strand
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Lansdowne Strand

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3.0
#2 of 2 hotels in Calne
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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3.1 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.3 of 5 bubbles
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
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Centuries old coaching inn with character, charm, 2 rosette restaurant and cosy bars. Our ales are brewed by local family brewery Arkells in Swindon. Rooms comprise of singles, twins, doubles, double executives and king superiors. Parking on site cannot be guaranteed but there is ample parking available around the Lansdowne Strand
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Room features
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Classic

Location

The Strand, Calne SN11 0EH England
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 62 out of 100
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Bristol Airport
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cc_scottish wrote a review Jul 2020
Calne, United Kingdom40 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited a couple of times now since they opened up after they reopened and have enjoyed it both times. Food has been enjoyable, £3 for a small side salad which has been pretty much enough to fill as a light snack as opposed to a side dish, and the food has all been made fresh in the kitchen instead of being portions from the packet which is a sign of a great kitchen team! Service from Katie and Abby has been friendly and professional both times, and great Covid procedures in place with hand sanitiser freely available and a good service system in place. Will definitely be back regularly!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Therealalexn wrote a review Jun 2022
10 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I think this venue is genuinely confused or just lazy.
Arkells spent hundreds of thousands on the refit a few years ago, including a hugely impressive bar which greets you upon arrival. However it is now used as a stacking location for used glasses and a ‘drinks station’ for staff to use when guests order from the restaurant.
As a punter wanting a drink you are greeted by a sign saying ‘please order in back bar’.
So if you turn up for a drink, you are ushered away from the new, expensive bar and pushed into the back bar aka ‘The Snug’.
During Covid times this was understandable but now it’s just plain lazy. To order a drink now is not customer friendly nor Covid secure as the back bar is small. Upon ordering staff have to walk back to the front bar to pour drinks and back there for payment. What a mess. And to top it all you have the head chef (who is great) now pouring the pints more often than not - presumably because senior staff keep leaving.
With strong competition over the road, you’ve really lost your way.
Arkells spent hundreds of thousands on a great new bar, but not sure they’d be impressed at it being a drinks station with a 2AA rosette chef pouring the beer.
In the back bar.
I want to order at the bar, not look at staff leaning against it.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Decent venue, just a complaint from a local and a hint to Arkells
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Laurence E wrote a review Aug 2020
Calne76 contributions68 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had dinner for 5 with three children, (15, 13 and 9). I was really impressed with the service and the food and can now banish a memory of a very bad night there when under different ownership. I thought that the food standards were high and the £23 set menu for three courses was good value.
Burgers went down well too and the sticky toffee pudding was a highlight. Although the Eat Out to Help Out discount was also rather nice!
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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999jamie wrote a review Aug 2020
Calne, United Kingdom40 contributions37 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Normally very pleased with the Lansdowne. On this occasion a few of things left a sour taste:

1.Childrens burgers had a circular cut out of bread instead of a bun(If no buns available this should have been made clear when ordering).
2. I wanted a starter from the set menu and a main from the lounge menu, for some reason this was not allowed even though I was prepared to pay extra? The restaurant was very quiet (3 tables) this surely could have been done? The waitress tried her very best and seemed as frustrated as I.
3. My bavette steak was delicious, slightly marred by the fact my field mushroom was in fact half a field mushroom.

I quietly and politely discussed my concerns with the waitress who fed my comments back to the chef/landlord. No attempt at any sorts of amends was made. We still left a 10% tip as we didn't feel our dissatisfaction was the fault of the waitress.

We were with friends who had come down from London for a visit and we had recommended the Lansdowne, we wanted to show support to our local business. It was only 6.30 p.m. and it was very quiet - I can't imagine the kitchen was a hotbed of activity. We would still come again but I don't think we will be bringing friends or recommending. A shame really as I would have thought in these difficult times the Lansdowne would be going over and above on trying to please their loyal customers, not alienating them.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Old Fart onTour wrote a review Jan 2022
Wiltshire, United Kingdom77 contributions36 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a superior room for three nights over Christmas. The room was anything but superior, especially the bathroom. There was a patch of tiles that had come unstuck to the floor, holes in the door and mould/dirt around the shower.
The worst aspect was the breakfast. On Christmas day we were expecting a packed breakfast (we were briefed) but when we returned to the hotel the food was already there. By the morning, the food would have been in a heated corridor for over nine hours!! The offering included a cheese and ham sandwich (for breakfast?) and a dried out croissant. Inedible - we did not eat any of it as we were worried that the 9 hours in the very warm corridor would have been a breeding ground for bacteria, etc..
On the second day we availed ourselves of the continental fare in the bar. Again the croissants were inedible - dry and tasteless.
Out of curiosity, I tried the croissant the next morning - it had not been cooked and was just raw dough!!!

We complained at the time and then wrote. To date, the manager has offered .....another night and breakfast in the same hotel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Date of stay: December 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: don't go here!
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jimN263EL wrote a review Jan 2024
Hampshire, United Kingdom197 contributions55 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The photos on Hotels.com show recently refurbished and stylish looking rooms and we were looking forward to staying in this historical coaching inn. There is no car parking at the hotel and car parking nearby is difficult. Our room was probably last decorated 40 years ago. The window frame was literally rotting and falling apart, and single glazed so we could hear the traffic on the main road a few metres away. There was dust on every surface. The ancient wardrobe was hard to open and close. The bathroom was tiny and dated, with a shower curtain, broken sink and dripping tap. We could hear the people in the room next door. The breakfast that is included in the price, which was a comparable price to better hotels and better breakfasts, was very poor. Continental with cheap cheese and ham and weak coffee. You can pay more for better options, but to include such a poor breakfast in the price is a hustle. The staff were completely disengaged and seemed to be unaware that they are working in hospitality.

I was very closing to giving this hotel a one star review, but at least we were not cold and the water was hot. Do not be mislead by the photos that they put online.
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Date of stay: January 2024
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay elsewhere.
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autumncs wrote a review Oct 2023
Singapore, Singapore842 contributions130 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is a Grade 2 listed 16th century historic building, originally a coaching inn and once occupied by a brewery. The reception and dining areas are refurbished and decorated with old photos and objects that illustrate the building's heritage. The staffs are efficient and our check in was fast. To reach our room we needed to climb up a ramp and some stairs (not so luggage friendly). Our room is large, clean and quiet. WiFi is decent and supports video streaming. The continental breakfast is decent with assorted breads, cereals, cold cuts, fruits, etc. The hotel is in the midst of a small town so there is a number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets within walking distance. The only problem is the lack of parking at the hotel and we needed to park in a public car park across the road behind a row of houses. (The car park was already full when we arrived after dark and we had to exit and enter the car park a few times before finding a slot. Most of the cars were gone the next morning as the car park is "pay and display" between 8am and 6pm.)
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If driving, it's best to arrive before 6pm to secure a parking slot in the public car park across...
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Amanda wrote a review Dec 2020
Calne, United Kingdom15 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After living in Calne for a few years, we finally decided to visit the Strand. Excellent food and service from a lovely welcoming pub. Wish we’d visited earlier but I can recommend for a good menu selection at reasonable prices and they were certainly not stingy on portion size. I would certainly visit again, and as a local restaurant it is one I’d be happy to visit on a regular basis. Thanks for a lovely evening.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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57sunseeker wrote a review May 2021
Cardiff, United Kingdom15 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Have stayed before in refurbished rooms hence coming back. Be warned not to stay in courtyard rooms. They are old and poorly maintained. There was a musty smell and on entering the bathroom found the cleanliness very poor. During the current times we expected better. Despite the age is it too much to expect that at least cloth and cleaning sprays were used? Could do better
On booking the detail listed parking available and free breakfast. Car park is currently closed and breakfast restaurant remains closed.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jason w wrote a review Oct 2021
United Kingdom54 contributions71 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I went for a Sunday lunch; the waitresses were friendly, but that's where the good stuff stops; the roast was just preheated slop, it was very poor quality for the high price, far better pubs in the area that do a better roast.
Also, when I went to use the toilet, the smell outside in the hallway was horrendous, it was clear the urinal had been leaking for some time, and nothing had been done to fix it; there was also no lock on the toilet door.
In short, the management needs to change and fix many things and until then, Avoid!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Avoid, until fixed!
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PRICE RANGE
£78 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
best western calne, calne best western
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Lansdowne Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandWiltshireCalne
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lansdowne Strand
Which popular attractions are close to Lansdowne Strand?
Nearby attractions include Calne Heritage Centre (0.08 miles), Castlefields and Castle Park (0.2 miles), and The Wheat Sheaf Inn (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lansdowne Strand?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Lansdowne Strand?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lansdowne Strand?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lansdowne Strand?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fay's Bistro, Antica Roma, and Divine on The Green.
Is Lansdowne Strand located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of Calne.
Are there any historical sites close to Lansdowne Strand?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bowood House & Gardens (1.5 miles), Cherhill White Horse and Monument (3.4 miles), and Oxygen - Joseph Priestley Pavement Display (0.1 miles).
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