We've previously visited a couple of the other hotels in the group so our expectations of The Swan were definitely set by the positive experiences we'd had in the past, and influenced our decision to celebrate our wedding anniversary with a one night stay there. To be honest, we were a little disappointed with the experience. Yes, it's a quaint little country inn in a beautiful location, but in our view the service didn't quite live up to the price tag (for example, the lady at check-in wasn't terribly welcoming, check-out was lengthy as the bill was wrong) and, most disappointingly, the horrendous noise of other guests at night and (more annoyingly as it's within the control of the hotel) of staff hustling and bustling in the corridors from very early in the morning really ruined the peace and tranquillity of the place for us.
Our room was ok - I think we went for the standard category so it was rather compact with no view but it was clean and comfortable enough and the bathroom was a fair size.
We had pre- and post- dinner drinks in the little bar area, which, apart from us having to send our cocktails back because they hadn't been made properly (it seems one of the critical ingredients had run out so the barman just made them without it - I guess he expected us not to notice?!), were fine. It would have been nice to have been served at the table rather than having to order at the bar, and it might have been nice to get a few little nibbles with our drinks but we appreciated it's more of a pub style so accepted the pub level of service (despite the premium prices).
We had dinner at the restaurant and, although the wine list was uninspiring, the food was excellent - fresh local ingredients nicely presented (and breakfast the next morning was equally delicious). The ambience perhaps wasn't quite what we were expecting and, again, the price seemed high for the level of service we got but on the whole it was a pleasant evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Bibury, often known as the prettiest village in England; the dog-friendly Swan Hotel has 22 bedrooms, including 4 stunning cottage suites, a lively bar, cosy writing room and stylish Brasserie. The hotel is ideally located for exploring not only Bibury but surrounding countryside too. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swan Hotel Bibury
- The Swan Hotel Bibury, Cotswolds