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“Great location with friendly staff”
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Stow Lodge Hotel
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

My wife and I, and another couple, stayed for six nights at the Stow Lodge in September. The accommodation is somewhat of a cross between a hotel and a B&B. It is basically a small hotel that provides a fantastic cook-to-order breakfast, and has a nice restaurant also available for dinner. We had dinner in the bar one night and in the restaurant on another. I would classify the food as good to very good. There can be a rush of reservations and orders in the 7:00 range. Either get there early, pick a later dinner time, or be prepared to wait.

We had rooms 23 and 25 in the upstairs of the coach house. Both had large king beds, adequate space for storage, two easy chairs, and a quite large bathroom. While the rooms themselves look somewhat dated, they are comfortable and functional. There is no lift to the second floor, just steps. Noise was not a problem at all. A major roadway is on the backside of the coach house and some reviewers have complained about the noise. During the warm season with the windows open, I can understand how this could be a problem. The bathroom is on the backside of the building and uses a double set of windows (inner and outer). By closing both, road noise is not an issue. Also, by using the provided fan for “white noise” we couldn’t hear anything. We did leave a front window open for fresh air. Even with this, we would have try to hear the church bells ring if we wanted.

The building and grounds are really something to see and enjoy, as is the neighboring ancient church and its grounds. Staying in Stow-on-the-Wold is a great central location for visiting the Cotswolds.

The staff were all very friendly and helpful. It was never an inconvenience for them to get ice, arrange for laundry, or make a recommendation for another restaurant in town. While there was a rack with advertising pamphlets for area attractions, we were a little surprised at the lack of knowledge by many staff members to help tourists (such as “Where can I go to see thatched houses?”) However, all were eager to help (some even did research on the internet to get an answer to a question).

Our group was in their mid-50s to mid-60s. Maybe it was the time of the year, but we were by far the youngsters of those lodging. There was not a lot of late-night partying going on resulting in a pretty quiet place.

Also, the water controls for the tub/shower were unlike anything that we had ever seen. You may want to ask the staff for instructions on operation to prevent someone taking a cold shower. (Once we figured out how to operate the controls, my wife and I both had more than enough hot water.)

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Having read the review of this hotel posted in October 21, 2012 I should have heeded the warning about Hertz. Like the couple from South Carolina, our Hertz rental car had a flat tire shortly after we picked it up. We spent 2 hours waiting on the road for Hertz but they only put on the spare "donut" tire from the boot instead or replacing it with a regular tire. Consequently we arrived too late for the dining room but the hotel graciously accommodated us in the bar. We had purchased full coverage from Hertz so we called again only to be incorrectly told that full coverage did not cover tire issues. Eventually, Hertz agreed that we were covered but we spent most of the day awaiting the repair vehicle. They replaced the "donut" with a standard tire but when I got the Hertz bill on our credit card, I discovered that Hertz had added substantial charges for this as well as other bogus charges, thereby more than tripling the originally contracted amount. We disputed the charges and they were eventually removed.

The hotel commented that they were familiar with similar issues with Hertz.

The hotel was charming and the grounds were spacious. The location could not be beat. I appreciated the help they rendered in providing information to make our brief stay in the Cotswolds memorable. I especially enjoyed feeling young again because although I am 71 years old, I was one of the younger people.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

The Stow Lodge is in a wonderful location and has a beautiful exterior. The rooms however are dated (1970s??) and need some upgrading. Our original room was advertised with a "king" bed- the bed was much smaller and very soft. The room too was very small. One of us has a bad back so we asked for another room. The staff were accommodating on switching rooms. When we return to Stow-on-the-Wold we will look for another place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Shenandoah32
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

Stayed here many times. Always very friendly staff, and helpful with luggage and special celebrations as Birthdays etc.
Whole place is spotless and clean, rooms very comfortable and well kept
Do try rooms in the Coachouse....superb!
Food great and special diets no problem
Thoroughly recommend for a great break in a quintessential Cotswold Town

Room Tip: Try the Coachouse
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank jerry w
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We have stayed at the Stow Lodge on numerous occasions......and eaten in the restaurant even more and can honestly say it is superb in every aspect. The staff are courteous, respectful and will do anything for you. Rooms & Food are excellent. I would recommend this hotel to anybody.

We normally stay there during the Cheltenham Race weeks.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We have been visiting this lovely family run hotel for 15 years, best hotel in Stow.Lovely gardens, staff are great, nothing is too much trouble, food is fantastic and beautifully presented with an extensive wine list.Excellent value for money, the rooms are of a very high standard and housekeeping is really good, the towels are particularly soft!A real cosy retreat which we will always return to and recommend to friends and acquaintances.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jaguar10-13
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Just had a 2 night stay on a DB&B basis. Stayed in room 25i in coachousethe annexe. Our first stay here.
Firstly the location, excellent right in the heart of this typical Cotwolds town. Easy parking. Simply walk down the drive of the hotel and you enter the main town square. Also it's a great location from to which to explore the many nearby towns and villages.
Now the hotel itself, very clean throughout. Extremely helpful, polite and friendly staff, reception, restaurant and domestic staff were a credit to themselves and the hotel.
Breakfast was good, plenty of choice. Evening meals a dinner were even better, excellent quality food, prepared and presented very well indeed.
We found room 25 nicely spacious, very clean with every facility you would expect to find, including a room fan, to help with the warm weather we enjoyed.
Finally you will have read a number of reviews here concerning the nearby church bells chiming every 15 minutes. Well yes they do,and you can hear them but unless you are a very light sleeper, they just ARE NOT a problem, in fact they are very pleasant. (a visit to the church itself is well with it, wonderful stained glass windows).
Bottom line an excellent hotel, in an excellent location, with excellent staff.
It was our first visit, but we will return, as clearly from our experiences during our stay any of the hotel guests do.



Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank pete2257England
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Additional Information about Stow Lodge Hotel

Address: The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Stow-on-the-Wold
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
Price Range: £107 - £152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stow Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stow Lodge Hotel is situated in its own picturesque grounds overlooking the market square of the historic town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The hotel has been family owned and run for over fifty years and has built up a fine reputation for its friendly hospitality and excellent service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Stow Hotel On The Wold
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