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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hillcrest

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Hillcrest
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Very friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

Our trip was very last minute, so I didn't have time to research b&b's, and not liking big chain hotels, went with what others had said about Hillcrest Hotel. And they were right about the welcoming and friendly staff. They were extremely accommodating and helpful. The hotel itself is in an ideal location, so close to the centre - not more than a 10 minute walk away, and the building, from the outside, is lovely, and sits on the on the 'crest of a hill' overlooking Lincoln Arboretum - a beautiful view.
I have to say though, and I don't like doing so, as the staff were so wonderful, and the location so great, that our room was a little disappointing. We were on the ground floor, room 5. On the positive side the four poster bed was comfortable and spacious, and the view stunning. However, the room looked a little 'tired' and the bathroom... the toilet was so close to the wall on one side and the shower in front, that unless you were super skinny and short, or a child, there was no way of sitting on it easily! The worst thing for me though was the mould in the corner of the shower - it's on thing I simply can't stand. If it wasn't for my disappointment in the room, I would surely stay there again, as everything else was great. Especially the breakfast, which was substantial, with lots of options, and again the staff were very friendly and helpful, and sitting in the conservatory overlooking the park was just lovely.
If you visit Lincoln, Steep Hill is, as one reviewer said, VERY steep, but well worth a visit - lots of lovely little shops, the best fudge I have ever tasted, and a wonderful restaurant called Browns Restaurant and Pie shop - the rabbit pie was amazing! Also the ghost walk (recommended by the hotel) was fun, and a great way to learn a little about Lincoln.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Just spent a very enjoyable weekend in Lincoln and a night at Hillcrest. Would recommend the hotel to you all. Very well positioned for the Castle and Cathedral, easy walking to both. Around this area are lots of lovely shops and bars and both sit at the top of Steep Street which is exactly that - steep! However, we did it twice in one day and well worth it. All the way down are lovely independent shops and lovely little bars and cafes.
It takes you straight down to the town which at night is really buzzy and lively, especially around the water area.
We stayed in room 18 which is at the very top so not recommended if you have a stair issue. The room was lovely with two windows overlooking the garden and town. It had a two seater settee and was very spacious with a huge bed! The shower room was perfect and the room was very nicely decorated as was the rest of the hotel. The breakfast was really good and the family who own and run the hotel are really friendly and helpful. Parking was not an issue, if you can't get in the car park, there is street parking straight outside. We parked and walked all weekend.
Our first time in Lincoln and we were pleasantly surprised. We are now planning a return visit for the Christmas Market.

Room Tip: Room 18 lovely, but as it is at the very top, there are 5 flights of stairs from the reception area...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brigg, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Such a warm and friendly welcome at this hotel, you don't get that at some other well known hotels I could think of!! lovely staff.
We usually stay at well known big chain hotels, but so pleased we didn't this time, it was such a lovely atmosphere and the room we stayed in was just as good, it was comfortable, nicely decorated, with fluffy pillows and comfy bed. Its located it a really lovely part of Lincoln, take a walk down the' large old trees' lined road and look at the beautiful grand old houses and enjoy the views, very quite at night time due to the location, so that plus a comfy bed equals a good nights sleep.
You can also enjoy a lovely view over Lincoln, whilst eating (a delicious, well cooked) breakfast in the morning in the conservatory, and take a stroll round the garden whilst your eggs are being cooked.
Great location if you want to explore the Castle and Cathedral area, its just a short walk away and it's a pleasant walk, you do have to cross a very busy main road, but we didn't encounter any problems with this.
Would we stay again? without a doubt we would.....and we will !!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Esher, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

I have stayed here on a few occasions over the past few years for business and I loved coming back again and again.
The staff are welcoming, friendly and give a homely feel to the guest house.
They welcomed my dog Guinness every time and even offered to take him for a stroll should I be out at meetings.
Food was amazing. I usually had the steak and chips and it was always perfect. Cooked breakfast was fresh and tasty. Ready to set you up for a days work or exploring.
Rooms as wonderful. Big four poster beds with thick plushy quilts.
Even the single rooms are comfortable and have en suits and all you need.
Great location and great views.
Is glorious this time of year.
Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

Hillcrest has a great location - handy for the castle district and cathedral, which you can reach without having to climb Lincoln's steep hills. The welcome is warm and friendly and, while there's no restaurant service, delicious snacks are available in the bar. The road is not busy so the hotel offers a peaceful night's sleep, especially if you are lucky enough to have a room overlooking the arboretum. The cooked breakfast is from the hand of an expert.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

My partner and I recently stayed at the Hillcrest. Our spacious room was on the top floor and we had a lovely view overlooking the arboretum. The bed was very comfy but the room itself was very warm during the night and the quilt was extremely heavy and thick and we were too warm with it on and cold without it so we didn't sleep too well! Its a pity there wasn't a lighter quilt or perhaps a sheet available but there were just extra pillows and a blanket in the wardrobe. The bathroom was spacious, modern and clean. The shower wasn't very powerful and actually stopped altogether during my morning shower. Also the mirror in the bathroom was slightly too high for me to see properly, I'm 5'5", although there was an excellent full length mirror in the bedroom. The breakfast room is nicely decorated although if it's a warm day sitting in the conservatory can be too much. The cooked breakfast was excellent and there were a few different choices. However the breakfast was let down by the choice of 3 'cheap' cereals and the only fresh fruit were apples and bananas. The staff were attentive and there was plenty of refills for both toast and tea/coffee.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel overlooking the arboretum.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013

Stayed for 4 nights while pursuing those elusive ancestors in Lincolnshire. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived. The room was comfortable, king double bed with room to walk around it and seating for us both, but a small shower that delivers a low volume of water. The view (from Room 11) over the Arboretum is delightful, and makes waking a pleasant process. If we return to Lincoln (a fascinating city in itself) this is where we'd choose to stay.
We missed being able to dine in, but there are plenty of good eateries within walking distance (as long as you can handle the odd hill - Lincoln has steep bits, in which it glories) and it made sure we got a bit of exercise, which doesn't always happen when you're closeted in the Archives Centre all day!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the Arboretum - it beats looking out on the street!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hillcrest

Property: Hillcrest
Address: 15 Lindum Terrace, Lincoln LN2 5RT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lincolnshire > Lincoln
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Lincoln
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hillcrest 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hillcrest Hotel is a small family run hotel which backs onto Lincoln's tree park, the ideal place to go for walk or a jog, or simply sit in our conservatory and watch the world go by.All our rooms are ensuite, mostly with showers, all include flat screen televisions with Freeview, complimentary in room beverages, Free WiFi throughout, feather duvets & top pillows, which can be changed if required, please advise us at time of reservation.We are pleased to offer complimentary on site parking, which is limited, with reservations not being possible, also ample free on street parking.Hillcrest is situated only a short stroll to Lincoln Cathedral, Castle, Steep Hill, with all their amenities, when you are all shopped out why not visit The Usher Gallery & museum, or Lincoln Archives in Rumbold Street. ... more   less 
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