The Valley Hotel complex comprises an old house in a lovely position with fabulous views over the Ironbridge gorge, together with a more modern extension in which roofed-over passageways between former outbuildings create a couple of indoor 'streets'.
The house is a warren of stairs and passageways with many original and attractive design features including some superb tiling in the main staircase hall.
As is inevitable with an old building of this type, converted into an hotel, there are numerous awkward and obtrusive fire doors to negotiate which made it a bit of a trial carrying bags up to the second floor.
The Chez Maw restaurant was the highlight of our stay - good value (including the wine list), excellent dinner choices with specials which changed each day, great presentation and smiling staff who combined informal friendliness with efficiency.
Boring desserts can often let down an otherwise great meal but I have to say the desserts in the Chez Maw were some of the best I've enjoyed anywhere. Breakfasts were also well presented, with choices such as porridge and kippers freshly prepared to order in the kitchen.
The bar terrace overlooking the gardens and the gorge is a great spot to sit and enjoy a drink away from the bustle of the town on an August weekend.
The rooms are more hit and miss. Our bedroom (12) was dated (Artex ceilings, anyone?) and badly cramped, with ill-chosen bulky furniture making it nearly impossible to squeeze past the foot of the bed - a total contrast with the spacious, modern and airy bathroom attached.
Don't get me wrong - I much prefer an hotel with character to a pigeon-hole room in a soulless chain, but the Valley could do with a bit of a refresh and some attention to detail to bring the guest rooms (at least the two we saw) up to the excellent standards evident in the restaurant and public areas.
We enjoyed our stay and would hope to visit again within the coming year, not least to use the valuable facility on Ironbridge museum passports to make free repeat visits within a 12 month period. There's so much to see a single weekend isn't nearly enough time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best Western Valley Hotel is a 3 star country house hotel, set on the banks of the River Severn in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, surrounded by stunning award winning parkland, making it very favorable to both the corporate and leisure guests. This Georgian listed building has 44 individually designed en-suite bedrooms. All have complimentary WIFI, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen televisions. The 2 AA Rosette awarded Chez Maw Restaurant is a stylish and relaxing place to dine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Telford
- Telford Best Western
- Best Western Valley Hotel Ironbridge, Shropshire