This was about our fourth visit in about five years. We love the Hotel du Vin with one proviso, and that is you have to be very careful about choosing the right room and you very much get what you pay for. The cheaper rooms are small and cramped but the Executive and upwards are very spacious and comfortable. These rooms are very well decorated and luxurious. This time we were in the Michel Laroche and it even has the bath in the bedroom which is lovely and decadent although we didn't use it! The room overlooked the main road but it is not too busy and did not affect sleep quality too much.
There are touches in the rooms that are often omitted in luxury hotels - an Nespresso coffee making machine, tea making equipment with fresh milk in the fridge, an iron and ironing board. The bathroom was also very luxurious and modern with a huge walk in shower.
We had dinner in the dining room which was excellent. Our only gripe was that we were on a deal that included dinner which was from the fixed price menu. If one wants to go a la carte one is allowed £15.50 towards this. The thing we found a little cheeky was that the service charge was added to this. The dining room is very cheerful and the food excellent, with a very extensive reasonably priced wine list.
The hotel is very well situated for the centre of town and although parking is a bit tight there is sufficient outside the hotel.
We thoroughly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly the Carlton Hotel and located in the chic Montpellier district of this historic spa town. Hotel du Vin Cheltenham offers forty nine bedrooms and suites, all decorated in inimitable Hotel du Vin style. The wonderfully spacious public areas centered around a showpiece spiral staircase, include a trademark Bistro with extensive al fresco dining, both a Champagne and Sinners Enclosure Bar, beauty treatment rooms and private dining rooms. The general manager is Tom Ross. ... more less
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