The White Hart Royal feels like its owners got halfway through refurbishing then paused to save up a bit more money before finishing the job.
For example, the room we stayed in had a modern feature wall, iPod dock, nice curtains and bedding and stylish tiles in the bathroom (brownie points for the White Company toiletries), but the bathroom also had unattractive vinyl flooring and the bedroom was made to look dingy by the ugly, gloomy overhead light.
It has to be said though that this is a three-star hotel and it is more than adequate for that category. Just make sure you ask for a room at the back if traffic noise keeps you awake, as it's on the main road.
The White Hart Royal is is a fab place to stay if you like hotels with history: the plaque by the entrance says that Charles I stayed there, and with stairs so wonky you feel like you're drunk when you ascend them, it shows (but in a quirky, charming way). The only downside is that the water in the shower didn't go beyond tepid - I guess because of the limitations of providing hot water for multiple bedrooms in an old building.
The staff are really friendly and helpful and gave us a lovely warm welcome despite our being there on a KGB deal.
On the whole, the breakfast was pretty nice, but the sausages weren't good - stick with bacon and eggs if you're particular about meat quality! - and unfortunately the croissants were stale.
However, dinner-wise, I cannot recommend the hotel restaurant enough: the food is really wonderful, and while not cheap, we were pleased we ate there. It's like an entirely different team is operating the kitchen in the evening.
If you're in Moreton for more than one night, it's also worth checking out the Thai restaurant round the corner - we had an amazing meal there too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Hart Royal Hotel is conveniently located in the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley in the English Cotswolds. The principal part of the hotel is early 17th century and has recently reopened following a major restoration and refurbishment program utilising the original building. Its collection of period artifacts and paintings reflects the four centuries of the hotel's evolution while guests now have use of 21st-century facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Hart Royal Hotel Moreton-In-Marsh, Cotswolds