I recently visited this hotel with my wife for a weekend break. We had heard good things about this hotel, and its location -- right in the middle of the picturesque Cotswold Village -- is certainly a plus.
However, the overall experience was not up to our standard, and certainly not that of the price tag. I would describe the hotel as a bit tired. Carpets are fading, and dirty. There are lots of scuff marks on walls in the Coach House from mishandled luggage. The dinning room is poorly lit, and you have to walk through the serving area (with all its noise and bustle) to your seat. In addition, there is a shattered mirror as you walk into dinning area. Normally, these should all be minor issues, but the fact that none of these easy wins are addressed tells you something about the standards here.
I also noticed that while rooms were being serviced in the Coach House, the housekeeper just left half-filled garbage bags in the entrance hallway. This is such an obvious thing not to do!
The food was excellent, but the service was slow. There was a large party staying at the hotel at the same time, so i think this consumed the staff bandwidth a bit. But taking too long to take drink orders at dinner, and at breakfast again, is just not acceptable. I was also surprised that the menu does not change from day to day. For weekends, the hotel obliges you to stay two nights -- but insists you eat from the same menu twice.
On the positive side, our room was excellent and spacious. However, I did sense that too much of it was given to the bath (not the bathroom -- just the bath), without any of the ancillary needs that go with it like a towel rack. This is a basic design flaw of the room, and meant that if you hop out of the bath you have to dart to the bathroom where the towel rack resides. It struck me that the room designer was trying to accomplish too much here!
Overall, my suggestion to those looking for a weekend break in this part of the Cotswolds to try Lords of the Manor instead. It is just up the road in Upper Slaughter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in one of England’s prettiest villages, The Slaughters Manor House is a beautiful 17th Century manor house which combines contemporary interiors with country charm, attentive service and one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Cotswolds. Spring 2016 saw the entire ground floor renovated to restore the character of the building, exposing and emphasising architectural details contrasted with a modern, vibrant interior design. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lower Slaughter Manor Hotel Lower Slaughter
- Hotel Lower Slaughter
- Manor Hotel Lower Slaughter
- Lower Manor Slaughter