I have to say that I normally stay at the very good Hotel du Vin when I come to Cheltenham, but on this occasion the place was fully booked and for a little more cost, I booked a room here, as the hotel was actually a few miles closer to my meetings.
I should also point out the usual introduction; global executive for a multinational who has been travelling the world for 15 years, as well as a father with kids who likes to holiday, with over 150 days a year in hotels from the Four Seasons to the Holiday Inn Express.
So…The Ellenborough Park…my headline? An excellent hotel with impeccable service, superb facilities, and very little to fault a growing reputation that is very well deserved.
As you drive up the long driveway around the historic house, and look at the sweeping vistas, you already know you are staying someone rather special. Check in was smooth, with an attentive bellboy (who looked genuinely surprised when I tipped him) and efficient receptionist.
I was in Room 7, just a regular ‘Classic’ room. It looked spotless, and clearly very recently refitted to the very highest standards. Very tasteful furnishings, a flat screen plasma, minibar, loads of storage space, two windows with different views, and a very inviting large king size bed.
The bathroom was small, but very nicely presented, with a huge shower and every amenity you could wish for. It didn’t have a bath – which was a shame.
I have three top pet hates in hotels and these guys scored 2/3 which is impressive;
1) Having to pay for slow Internet connection – what a delight to open my two laptops and log on to fast free perfect wireless (well done and other hotels – please take note!)
2) Hotels that have TV sound piped into the bathroom that never seem to have the control working – a weird ‘hate’ I admit, but again, I could actually listen to the news in the morning as I shaved – well done
3) And the fail? Far too much paper all around the place – everywhere you looked a note on something or other…but that’s a very minor fail in fairness
The grounds are stunning, as are the superb historic reception and dining rooms and the swimming pool looked very inviting.
I had room service, which was fast and hot, but I do think the menu was a little restricted and I had breakfast in the dining room in the morning which was one of the best I have had in any hotel.
Service everywhere was flawless and the attention to detail impressive. On arrival I asked for my shirt to be pressed, and by the time I put the phone down, Housekeeping was at the door. They then phones me to say that they thought the shirt had picked up some dirt in the case, and that they would wash and press it for me…excellent.
A strange observation was that my bed (a king) was actually two singles put together which meant I spent a lot of the night in the growing gap in the middle of the bed. Strange, because you couldn’t separate the bed into two singles so I didn’t understand why they didn’t use a regular King mattress. But again, a minor point.
To sum up, a great place, fantastically managed and beautifully restored and although it is expensive, go and treat yourself!
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