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The Fairway, Barnsley
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Dodworth
Exeter, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The worst hotel experience of my life”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Booked in at 1900hrs on Sunday 10th August - the receptionist was the laziest I have ever come across in my life. After 4 attempts to gain entry to my booked room because she was incapable of giving me the correct key - I left and returned to my cousin's house 49miles down the M1 to Matlock. This receptionist has to be the most untrained, uncommunicative, unhelpful person in the world. This hotel is grubby and needs new management fast. DO NOT STAY HERE - you will regret it.

Room Tip: Don't even bother you probably won't even get a key that opens your door. This hotel needs...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

this was my first visit to the fairway my wife had been many times the day was Wednesday so it was two for one what a treat we had fish & chips they where best and mushey peas huge portions less than £10 for both the setting was great and the drinks very good it gets my vote looking forward to our next visit

Room Tip: Monday to Friday 2for 1 great deals
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Peterborough
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

The staff were very helpful and friendly. However, the bed squeaked every time either of us moved, the smoke alarm was flashing all night, the door let a lot of light in from the hallway all night, the kettle looked a bit limescaly inside and the tv remote didn't have a cover over the batteries. It looks like it was a nice hotel 15 years ago...

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hannah H
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

I first went to the fairways last month and have now been 3 times. Massive portions of food for little prices. The two for one meal that takes place is brilliant. You get HUGE portions and I mean huge portions (especially the pizza) and it costs less than £10 for both mains. Desserts are really tasty as well. The drinks are not the cheapest but I suppose they've got to make their money somehow overall, love fairways

  • Stayed August 2014
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Thank Lauren H
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

Booked into here became my usual hotel for last 5 weeks - the excellent Wortley Hall - was sadly booked up.
It's only 8 mins from Barnsley hospital where I am working.
On arrival a group of 4 teenagers told me not to bother (with the bar) as it's "rubbish".
Check in was Ok late Sunday evening.
Room quiet big. No airconditioning so had window open. . However it was a little noisy from the teenagers as my room was above and close to the pub and restaurant.
The room (16) is ok. Bed Ok.
I extended beyond my initial 3 nights for an extra two nights out of convenience.
I paid £7.25 extra for full breakfast which again was Ok.
The extra two nights were more expensive even though I was booking direct rather than through LateRooms.com which was disappointing - other hotels have honoured the rate as they don't pay extra commission.
First evening back at the room took three visits to reception (with bags!) and three different cards (including the one that HAD worked the evening before) to get into my room...
Last night (Tuesday) seemed to be a local women bikers meet up in the carpark, with motorbikes left ticking over and occasionally revved up loudly.
Decided to have a meal tonight, and sent my "barely medium" steak back as nowhere near medium well done.
Chips average.
Overall probably mediocre 5 out of 10 for meal at best.
6 out of 10 for hotel.
Maybe the hotel deserves a 7 but the feel is more like a 5 to 6.

Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

I stay in Barnsley 3 times a year and tried the Fairway...Never again,looks " tired " in rooms, ran a bath, and shower ran as well which i could not stop,soaked floor,there was a fan in the room,1 speed only and useless,cheap coffee,sour milk,rock hard squeaky bed everytime you moved,constant noise from road outside and "boyracers" tearing up & down,There was a function with loud shouting,singing and swearing.Paid £50 for a "basic" room and no breakfast !! 1 mile down the rd is the Barnsley Encore,cleaner,easier,cheaper (by far) £25 last year,and top breakfast as well.Got the impression they just banged the price up due to the Tour de France.We got a taxi to the Encore and ate at the Toby right outside it,Staff appeared bored and just asked name and told room number ,£50 goes a long way for accomodation in Barnsley,come on....You will lose business.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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1 Thank PENNYROCK
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

I stayed here with a group of twenty people who thoroughly enjoyed their stay. The staff were hospitable and extremely helpful in arranging transport. Secondly the rooms were large, clean and speaking on behalf of the group we all had a decent nights kip. Most importantly, the hotel was extremely fair priced. The plus points for this hotel is the food and bar. The food was delightful and had a number of deals on if you're wary of price. At night the bar area was rammed with guests and local people which was great to see. Theres also a large car park which came in handy. I would definitely recommend if you want somewhere to stay on the outskirts of Barnsley.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Jack C
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Additional Information about The Fairway, Barnsley

Property: The Fairway, Barnsley
Address: Elmhirst Lane, Dodworth, Barnsley S75 4LS, England (Formerly New Country Inns - Barnsley & The Bluebell Inn )
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > South Yorkshire > Barnsley > Dodworth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Dodworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Fairway, Barnsley 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A modern friendly 39 bedroomed hotel, located within 1 mile of Junction 37 of the M1. Our friendly hotel also has a bar and restaurant and meeting/banqueting facilities. At The Fairway, you will be welcomed by our team of staff who will look after you throughout your stay. We cater for everyone staying at our hotel from the discerning business traveller to a family of 4. Ample free car parking is available to all hotel guests. We have meeting & banqueting facilities and can cater for up to 250 delegates or wedding guests all in 1 room. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
New Country Inns - Barnsley And The Bluebell Inn
New Country Inns - Barnsley & The Bluebell Hotel Barnsley
Barnsley Country Inn
The Fairway, Barnsley Dodworth

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