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The Bear of Rodborough Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Stroud
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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“Beautiful countryside hotel”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is a beautifully situated countryside hotel that we came across in our trip around Cotswold to Swansea, as the Swansea hotel was fully booked for the football night, we booked this for a night of stay in transit, but it turned out to be the best hotel so far for this trip. The room is spacious, relaxing, well furnished, the restaurant provided good food..we had simple tea of scones, and it was delicious. The staffs are friendly helpful, views from the room is beautiful. However, it was quite a distance from the town , our experience of visiting the township of Stroud in the late evening was aborted as the place was quiet and not well lit up.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This hotel is located in the Cotswolds hills with beautiful scenery. The resort like hotel is an ideal place to rest and relax, enjoying the tranquility of English country side. The room is spacious and bath spacious. Car park is convenient and the staff helpful. Free WIFE and good connection too. The breakfast was good -- the usual english full breakfast, and service was. The only 'disadvantage' is it is away from town and you need to have your car to move around.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Took my mother here for a long weekend / this space isn't big enough to catalogue the list of problems - rooms not together as requested at the original booking - you could here every noise from the rooms above you / dinner booked for second night no record of booking had to wait until someone left from an earlier sitting - food awful -lamb arrived blue and pork pink and so it went on - would suggest anyone staying here -location is lovely -take ear plugs and eat at the bar where staff were so much more friendly and accommodating. As at the time of writing I'm still waiting to hear from the hotel re letter of complaint (now one month).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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General M, General Manager at The Bear of Rodborough Hotel, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
I was extremely disappointed to read your comments on trip advisor, following your visit to The Bear, especially as your letter dated 10 September addressed to our Head Office, was passed to me, as General Manager of The Bear, and following an investigation on the points you raised, I replied to you on the 19th September – a copy of this letter has been sent out to you in the post again today.

Your room allocations were clearly an error on our part, for which I apologise most sincerely, together with the misunderstanding regarding your Restaurant booking.

As for the comments you made regarding dinner, whilst there can be no excuse for the problems you faced, you were not charged for your meals. You were also compensated on departure for any inconvenience caused.

I am therefore very disappointed that you have now chosen to put such a scathing report on trip advisor. I am just delighted we have had so many wonderful comments, which hopefully will keep potential customers well informed.
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Just returned from this lovely hotel and cannot fault it. Friendliest staff I have come across in a long time, Beautiful decor and spotlessly clean throughout. Excellent food for breakfast and evening meal. I could go on and on!
If you love beautiful scenery and walking, it is on your doorstep.
We would definitely recommend it and will be going back again.

Room Tip: We were upgraded to room 26 with a four poster bed. Absolutely beautiful. Noise is not a problem at...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Henley-in-Arden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2013 via mobile

Stashed just one night on the autumn deal which included DBB and a half bottle of champagne. The champagne was waiting for us in our room on arrival in an ice bucket with plenty of ice so it kept well chilled until we were ready for it. As we were only staying the one night we had booked a bijou room this was quite cosy but nevertheless beautifully presented with a modern wet room and I would have been happy to have stayed here longer. We ate dinner in the library restaurant which was very good as was breakfast. Staff were all very helpful, friendly and efficient. Location wonderful for walks on Rodborough common with it's stunning views. Hope to return again.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whitford, Auckland
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We have just returned from a visit to the UK and our last hotel was the Bear Of Rodborough.

We spent three nights at this hotel and overall were very pleased with our choice.

It is located quite a way from Stroud, which we were aware of. I did notice a few comments regarding the access to town. Without a vehicle it would not be viable tp walk in to Stroud. However for those wishing to walk around the coutryside the Bear is ideal.

There are outside tables and attractive nooks to enjoy thoughout the hotel. There is a vineyard tasting room with an extensive variety of wines (examples from most of the recognized wine growing countries).

We ate all meals in the hotel. The two we had at the bar were of good quality and very generous. The service with good, particularly one young waitress but unfortunately I did not get her name. We also had one meal in their formal dining room which again was good. All breakfasts were included in the room rate and of high quality. Nice selection both hot and cold plus delicous marmalade and organic jams.

Our room was on the second floor and the view was pleasant although not expansive. The four poster bed was comfortable and the furnishings elegant. We did however find the noise level was unusually high with peoples movements quite audible. On night a fire door came open and was blown against the exterior of our room. The staff did fix this problem quickly when notified.

There is extensive parking at the hotel. However the access is not ideal for those travelling with cases. We had been away for a month and had several heavy suitcases. It was not easy to move them from the carpark to the hotel (up stairs no ramps that we located). There is no way to transport luggage except manually and therefore be aware if you ask for a view (and therefore have an upstairs room allocated) your luggage will have to be carried up flights of stairs. When we arrived there was a gentleman that we assumed would help, however a young girl was left to assist and while she was gracious I felt she struggled under the weight of our bags. (They were over 20 kgs). As we left a man arrived to help which we felt was much more appropriate.

All in all this is a nice hotel, slightly out of the way but with benefits worth the drive. It takes a few mintues to get to the shops but the view, the atmosphere and the general location were lovely. We would book a stay here again and definately recommend it to other travellers.

Room Tip: We enjoyed our second story room, but found transporting our luggage hard. The view is pretty and p...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth. UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2013

A return visit to this delightful hotel set in the splendour of the countryside around Stroud.
The hotel has an Olde World feel to it but deserves a good reputation for it's friendliness of the staff and the quality of the food that it serves. Nothing is too much trouble.
My room was light and airy and overlooked the common. The bathroom was clean and functional and the bed was comfortable.
This hotel is well placed for visitors to the Cotswolds.
A visit to Bin Ends situated in the main car park is a must for the wine lover. There is a wealth of knowledge in the staff that work in there, and for guests staying in the hotel a 10% discount voucher is available for wine purchases.

Room Tip: For views, a room overlooking the common is advisable.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Property: The Bear of Rodborough Hotel
Address: Rodborough Common, Stroud GL5 5DE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Stroud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Stroud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bear of Rodborough Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within 300 acres of National Trust land with views over the Cotswolds; The Bear of Rodborough has 46 classic country bedrooms, a lively bar, restaurant and plenty of places to sit back and relax. The hotel is dog-friendly and ideally situated for visiting the beautiful towns of Gloucestershire. ... more   less 
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