I suppose that I better first explain the title of my review. Whilst I don't blame the hotel for it's central location in the town, it is seriously worth taking into account the pros and cons that this causes.
After a (Saturday) night out in town, a few yards away from our hotel, my party came across the most violent 'cat fight' between a number of women that I think that I have ever seen. Hair pulling, gouging, spitting and swearing were all on show and whilst it provided some 'entertainment' to us and a few fellow residents returning to the hotel, it was indicative of the type of behaviour that took place nearby until the early hours of the morning.
Having read many of the earlier reviews we had opted for one of the executive rooms at the top of the hotel. It was certainly spacious, but just like the outside of the hotel, not particularly attractive. On a night like the one we stayed it also had the disadvantage of not having any air conditioning so the choice was between either having a sweltering sealed room or a slightly less uncomfortable one with the windows open to the noises outside. The choice is yours!
There are however positives to the 'Big Sleep'. Centrally located it is convenient for everything that the town has to offer. And although it has a strict 3pm check in policy they were prepared to store some of our luggage until that time. The reception staff were efficient and indeed in addition to the funky reception area that was one of the best aspects of our stay.
The buffet breakfast also included both tasty bacon and sausages if desired, which was a real bonus as I was under the impression that there were only cold options in the morning. The hotel food offered was also very reasonable price wise, although we didn't actually have any ourselves.
So overall, good but not great...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Big Sleep Hotel, Cheltenham, is a 59 bedroom 'limited service' Hotel in the heart of Cheltenham, offering value for money, great customer service, innovative design and an exciting experience away from home. The Hotel is fresh, simple and VERY modern, with a wide range of bedrooms and suites at different prices to suit everyone - from the business person or overseas traveller, to the family on the run. All bedrooms have flat screen TV's, broadband access (chargeable), room safes, hairdryers, tea & coffee making facilities and the latest technology in inter-floor personal security. Although we are a limited service Hotel, we do offer some light meals and snacks either in the Bar area or served to your room. We also provide a complimentary Buffet style Continental Breakfast with 4 hot options of Sausages, Bacon, Baked Beans & Hash Browns, or if you have an early start and not enough time to eat, we offer a 'Breakfast to Go' to then eat at a more convenient time for you. We now have three meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 30 people in The Malkovich Suite, 20 people in The Meeting Room and 12 people in Room 301, depending on the layout of the room. We do have car-parking facilities; these are VERY limited and strictly on a first come first served basis and is chargeable at £6.00 Per vehicle overnight and at £1.00 Per hour prior to check-in and post check-out. Additional parking is available in close proximity to the Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Sleep Cheltenham
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