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“Perfect short break place to stay”
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The Langham Hotel
Ranked #22 of 27 Hotels in Northampton
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Excellent service in the bar, was only there for a couple of hours buying drinks and was given free bags of crisps and nuts. Lovely welcome and perfect room to stay over night in. Would recommend to anyone

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

My brother and I stayed here while down from Scotland to visit our Uncle.Great value for money. Rooms comfortable and clean. Breakfast - food lovely and well presented, waiting staff were attentive and well turned out. All staff very friendly. Bit difficult getting into car park. Our family will certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

I'm excluding anything about inside the hotel as there are many other reviews for people to read based on factors such as stay, rooms and experience.

MY review is based purely on one thing, THE DRIVEWAY.

In attempting to stay at the hotel, (no reservation,on a whim, late at night- ) I was forced to use the driveway to the hotel car park, as street parking is limited and also, a little unsafe. The driveway was only partially lit when I and my friends arrived, and we drove around the side of the building with caution and at the appropriate speed. But never the less, the ground is in such a poor condition that in that one short trip, my shock absorber was damaged, and it's cover actually removed. (I also discovered a slow puncture shortly after this attempted stay, but obviously I cant be sure it happened here- but it does seem the most likely place I'd have got one!)
The drive is so bad that my travel mates and I actually made the conscious decision to reverse out of the pot hole nightmare and try somewhere else to stop for the night, rather than try to get any further into the rally ready, flat tyre inducing track!

So all in all...
To visitors: AVOID TRAVELLING BY CAR
To The Langham: Please fill in/ sort out the driveway OR make visitors aware of the herrendous condition it is in!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Chunk90
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

If you're looking for a standard hotel experience, this one is probably not for you.

Yes, the car parking is chaotic, the streetside rooms too noisy, the staff occasionally abrupt, the breakfasts TOO big, the reception always closed, the decor a bit grubby and the overall experience a bit haphazard. But despite all that, there is a charm to the place. I'd be happy to stay again.

We had three rooms booked. The room overlooking the road was too noisy, but the other two, at the back of the hotel, were fine. The twin brothers confused us for a while, thinking they were the same person. Mary was charming and extremely helpful. Having our evening meal as a take-away in the bar was a unique experience.

Comparisons wit Fawlty Towers are immediately obvious. Perhaps that is part of the charm also.

We spent a subsequent night in a swish new hotel near Stansted for a similar price. I'd take the Langham any time.

Not for the fussy-minded. An experience worth having.

Room Tip: Rooms at the rear much quieter
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Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
Thank David L
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

My son and I stayed for one night on Friday 30th August. We arrived at 7.40 p.m and parked in the adjacent street as our satnav had directed us to The Langham House which is in the adjacent street, and having parked there we decided to walk across the busy dual carriage road to the Hotel and found that the Hotel was already locked. I pressed the bell and the door was opened by a chap in a white shirt, tie and glasses who directed us to reception. At reception, I thought it was the same chap who asked our name (and spooked me a bit as I couldn't understand how he had got to the reception ahead of us so quick!) and if we wished to park in the hotel car park as it was full and would have to move it early in the morning to allow other guests out, so I said we would leave it where it was. He was then joined by another chap in the same attire! (mystery solved, identical twins!!), who gave us our room key and directions to Room 19 in the attic I believe as it was at the top of the hotel. We had booked a twin room but there were 3 single beds in the room although one was in an adjoining room with tea making facilities. The rooms were clean and adequately furnished and decorated but the noise from the road was horrendous. The windows were falling out (literally - photos to follow) and I could not close either the top or bottom sash window. The bathroom was huge with a large shower but atlas, the grout and sealant had mildew, the shower head was thick with grime and the external shower door, limescale and soapscum, my biggest nightmare is the bath/shower facilities in any Hotel/B&B, why oh why do they not pay more attention to this area is beyond me! As I knew we had booked the last twin room, I knew there was no point in asking to move so had to make the best of it. We decided to go to the bar to see if we could get some bar food. One twin was in the bar area (twin 1), reading the paper and enjoying a beer and watching sky news, twin 2 was serving at the bar. We were told that bar food isn't available, crisps and peanuts only, but local takeaway leaflets are available and delivery is welcomed. I asked twin 2 for a glass of red wine and was told this was in the cellar but after he went to find it, he returned to say they didn't have any, only white or rose available. My son asked for soda water and lime and again was told this was in the cellar! but this time he returned with a soda syphon! We sat down at a table - No conversation or pleasantries was attempted by twin 1, in fact we were completely ignored! and I don't think I saw the twins speak to each other at all during our visit!!!. We left after one drink as the atmosphere was most odd. Twin 2 was by that time sitting in the Dining Room watching sport on the TV in there (eerie - they obviously do not sit with each other either!). After a horrendous nights sleep, where we were woken on numerous occasions by traffic noise and passing drunken revellers going up and down the street (fast food outlet not far along the road), I was glad the morning had arrived. Now after all this moaning I am glad to say that the breakfast was brilliant (no service with a smile from the twin serving us though and no 'good morning' when we entered the dining room!) I had cereal and then scrambled eggs, bacon and beans and I must say the scrambled egg was the best I have ever tasted. The full English breakfast (which I saw go to another customer) looked huge too! and I didn't hear anyone complain. Accompanied by tea, toast and orange juice we were well set up for the day. I did see a note on the desk which apologised for the windows and stated the hotel was in discussion with the council and contractors regarding new windows but were having problems due to the hotel being in a conservation area, so I assume the window fault will be rectified eventually. Words of advice to the hotel -1) invest in some Cillit Bang products which will remove the mould, limescale and soap scum from the showers and 2) please be more pleasant to your customers, a good morning and a smile will go along way to making us feel welcome and more likely to return in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Hazel W
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Stayed here for one night to see some family with my friend. The room was what you expect for a cheap hotel but the staff were disgusting! The car park is chaos and if the hotel is busy you have to be available to move your car at the drop of a hat.. Which is ok sometimes but when you get a rude demanding phone call from staff to move your car then the car your blocking in had got out anyway it's a bit annoying to say the least! I did not appreciate dirty looks from staff in the morning and especially was not impressed by a phone call at 10:50 from the owner telling us we must get out now! Check out is at 11 am by the way and I cannot see a need for such a rude phone call at that time! All in all I have never experienced such shocking customer service and I believe it was we were young! So if you don't mind snarling staff this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank Beca C
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

We booked this hotel because of a last minute closure of the Hotel next door, So it wasnt researched and we were desperate as we were over from South Africa to attend my cousins wedding. We arrived and were welcomed in by Mary and shown to our room, having just spent a fantastic week in London at the Queens Park this place was really a disappointment, the windows are falling apart and were very difficult to open, England was in the grips of a heatwave and we needed air, there was a fan in the room but this was the extent of the air conditioning. we had to prop the windows open as they could not stay open on their own. To top it all the heater was on in the bathroom and I was told it could not be turned off. FANTASTIC IN SUMMER!!. The breakfast was massive and to be honest a waste of good food, half the size portion would be quite sufficient, but it was really tasty. we only really came back to the hotel in the evenings to sleep, although the twins seem to be searly they are actually very nice and they do have planning permission in to change the windows for a new type sash window with a wooden frame. It is a bit like stepping back in time though and could really benefit from a revamp. I know times are tough but a coat of paint goes a long way to brightening a room up.
In saying all this we did enjoy the stay and the beds were clean and comfy, so what more do you want?
One other thing, on the day of the wedding we got back to get ready and were told that our room had not been serviced yet, this didnt actually bother us as we had made our beds and tidied up before we went out but were told a few minutes later that we should leave our room NOW so they could do the service, which I thought a bit rude as we were getting ready and it was 15h30, not like it was in the morning.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Barrie P
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Additional Information about The Langham Hotel

Address: Barrack Road 4-5 Langham Place, Northampton NN2 6AA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northamptonshire > Northampton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Northampton
#3 Romantic Hotel in Northampton
Price Range: £42 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Langham Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is family run and has been established for over 35 years. We can cater for all needs, and there is a secure car park on site. There is also an extensive range of beers, wines and spirits available in the bar. ... more   less 
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