Plenty of research went into choosing a hotel in Lincoln, a city new to us. Other reviews of The Castle Hotel were glowing and we have to say we agree with them after a very good three night stay.
Great location with parking and directly opposite the castle, so a pretty spectacular view. It sits at the top end of the city, not far from the cathedral and amidst pretty cobbled streets of great independent shops, galleries and some very good wine shops. Also, so many good restaurants to choose from within walking distance.
Hotel has a nice boutique feel, but with a warm and welcoming atmos. Staff are really very good indeed and we felt valued (not always the case with hotels in this price range).
Room was up 4 flights (no lift) but was fine as I'm desperately trying to get more exercise. nice sized room (I think we had a deluxe double) and great shower. Bed was a bit firm for us, so a few aching backs but not much they could do about that.
Very good breakfast menu! Local produce and very tasty with quick, cheery service. Can't fault anything here.
In fact the food all round was excellent. Delicious lunch menu, very good wine menu and a sunny space outside to enjoy it. I earn a living as a sometime restaurant reviewer, and we ate at the Reform on our last night. Unpretentious menu, some interesting veg choices for once (lunch and al a carte menus) and we found ourselves enjoying one of the best meals we've had in a long time. I'm not sure who they have in the kitchen, but they are excellent. Lovely plates with great combination of aesthetics and flavour, with not too many 'cheffy' touches. Can't recommend highly enough. Dining room has a lovely atmosphere too, welcoming, comfortable but not too 'fine dining'.
If we had any tips for things we'd add to make things absolutely perfect (for us) it would be these:
Some comfortable seating outside for reading, the chairs aren't quite there and we'd have given a lot for an outdoor sofa to lounge on. Same could be said indoors, the banquettes in the bar are a bit unforgiving. A sofa somewhere would have been a boon.
Feather duvet and pillows. We know we could have asked for these to be changed, and we know they'd have been happy to do it, but it seemed a faff, even though I'm allergic. I'd say put the non-feathered variety on first or ask at time of booking
Finally, the lovely lady who took our dinner order wasn't quite au fait with the menu and couldn't really answer our questions. It's a small thing but perhaps a better briefing would have matched the excellent cooking.
All in all, if you are looking for an exceptional hotel in Lincoln with truly great service and food, you've found it. It wasn't cheap but we've paid more for less and we felt we had value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Castle hotel and Reform Restaurant is a luxury standard hotel located at the heart of Lincoln's historic quarter, nestled between the historic castle and magnificent cathedral offering views of both the Castle is the perfect location for both leisure and business guests. Reform restaurant at the Castle is an award winning restaurant serving modern European cuisine in a decadent yet relaxed setting. The Castle Bar is open to all for a few drinks or a quick snack. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Lincoln