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The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury by Compass Hospitality
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Shrewsbury
The Wirral
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“Relaxed Elegance”
Reviewed 3 June 2010

We were in Shrewsbury for a family event and needed somewhere to stop over. We usually seek out the local Travel Lodge or Premier Inn, both good in their own way, but had been strongly recommended to try The Lion, an old coaching inn, full of history and boasting some famous visitors.
What a wonderful establishment! From the minute we parked the car (plenty of free parking space - rare for an old hotel in the centre of town) we found ourselves in a comfortable, and elegant hotel, full of character. The staff were welcoming and extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.
Our room was delightful ....... a suite rather than a room, with two bathrooms, two televisions, one in the bedroom and one in the comfortable lounge area. The large antique bed was extremely comfortable.
We felt so cosseted that we were tempted to order from the delicious sounding room service menu. We did mange to make our way down to the restaurant where we had a superb meal. The comfortable and tasteful atmosphere of the residential area of The Lion Hotel was followed through in the restaurant. Gilt framed oil paintings and prints, brass candlesticks, elegant tableware and subdued lighting all added to the general tasteful ambiance. The food itself was superb. Less than a month ago we ate at a Micheline Starred restaurant in Bruges and the Lion certainly measured up to it in terms of standards of service and cuisine. Most of the food is locally sourced. The menu is imaginative without being over the top and the wine list is extensive and reasonably priced.
All in all, a wonderful experience. The Lion, it appears, is privately owned - a refreshing change from those ubiquitous cheap, but not so cheerful, hotel chains.
We are looking for an excuse to return as soon as we can to Shrewsbury and its charming Lion Hotel.

Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

We took advantage of a rail offer and chose to stay at the Lion Hotel instead of the Prince Rupert because the latter originally told us that they were no longer offering the rail deal.

The communal areas of the hotel were lovely and very cosy. Breakfast was excellent. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. However, we were given a room right above some sort of restaurant exhaust system, which was exceedingly noisy, and went on all night. From what I could tell, quite a number of rooms were situated in close proximity to this exhaust. For that reason, I would insist on seeing the room first prior to booking at this hotel.

Also, we arrived quite late on the Friday night, but the porter didn't bother to tell us that the bar was open 24 hours for residents. This would have been a much needed boost for us after a long and exhausting journey.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brighton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2010

Stayed here for a couple of nights Xmas shopping in December. Dripping with historical connections, and once a part of Trust Houses, now privately owned, it has to be said that it is a bit faded, and the owner has a terrible seaside landlady taste in wallpaper! Nevertheless, we had a nice stay. We had a warm welcome. Relaxing in the bars and lounge in front of roaring wood fires, eating perfect fish and chips with local ales, was perfect on a cold winters night. If you judge a hotel by its' breakfast, then this would get 10/10. A good buffet, and the whole range of stuff individually cooked and served in a nicely furnished dining room. We didn't dine in the restaurant, as the food served in the lounge was just fine, and the open fires were too attractive to miss. All in all, a good stay, but could do with a bit of renovation in the bathrooms etc. And, replace the awful wallpaper with something more in keeping with the hotels' period character. Tip. If you are travelling from London, take the Wrexham and Shropshire Railway from Marylebone. They do a travel and stay deal and you get the room for a fraction of the direct booking price. Upgrade to first class and you get a pretty decent train meal thrown in. Travelling on the renovated ex BR Intercity trains is a real treat.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

Myself and my boyfriend stayed in this hotel for 2 nights we were greeted with a warm welcome ,and did have a bit of a laugh with the amount of stairs we had to go up and down to our room but did not bother us but could see it being a bit of a problem for older guests the room was very nice and of good standard and size we enjoyed the breakfast and is cooked to order which is nice and fresh not lying around . Ww were out till 1am on sunday morning and the only thing i would say is the hotl did not iform us that we had to use the side door rather than main door . A lovley place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wrexham
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Reviewed 27 February 2010

We stayed at the Hotel as a Xmas present from our son. We arrived on the Friday afternoon so as to be able to go to a 60's night at the Severn Theatre. The Merseybeats and The Searchers...superb.
Our room as very comfortable although the floor boards creaked everywhere so hope there was no room beneath us! Towels and room extras were excellent. We did not have dinner there as we ate at Theatre. However we found the breakfast excellent and I had a full vegetarian breakfast. Nice to see a hotel that knows what vegetarianism is!
All the staff were courteous and efficient. The ONLY bad point about our stay was the location of the hotel on a busy hill with continous traffic. Walking to the Theatre was a nightmare with all the traffic but hotel staff indicated may become a pedestrian area in the future. Let's hope so.
All in all a lovely place and will certainly return.
ps: bar prices were very good

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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wales
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Reviewed 23 February 2010

lovely old hotel,tired in some areas,,everyone complaining about excessive heating. supposed to be double room,only 4ft bed,friend had single room with bigger bed!!!!!! shower not working. lovely food very tasty,but very small portions,like nouvelle cuisine of 20 years ago. waiters were very good & attentive. nice to have freshly cooked breakfast to order. realised when i got there it was hotel where we spent 1st night of our honeymoon,over 40 years ago,quite sentimental. would go back as long as they change bed size.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Shrewsbury
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Reviewed 14 February 2010

I use the Hotel fairly frequently with friends for a meal but not because of the meal alone. I am drawn to the relaxed atmosphere, armchairs and the fact that it doesn't get packed with people.
The portions are always of minimal quantity. e.g. £8.00 plus for fish, chips and peas. The fish is always well cooked and fresh but the chips you could almost count on the fingers of one hand. A tad more portion of each would go down nicely Mr Hotel owner. I also have an issue with the extremely strong and bitter coffee served. A change to a more palatable bean wouldn't go amiss. One of the nicest choices of food I used to enjoy was the Thai Curry, which is now missing off the lunch menu. When I asked why, I was told simply that the chef wasn't going to put it back on......strange if it was popular and again, at £8.00 plus for a small portion of curry and an equally small portion of rice, it couldn't have cost that much to produce. These......comments.....are easily addressable by giving the customer just a little more value for the money they pay.
The quality is not an issue.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury by Compass Hospitality
Address: Wyle Cop | Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Shrewsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Shrewsbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury by Compass Hospitality 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grade 1 Listed 16th Century Coaching Inn & Hotel. The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury by Compass Hospitality we are located in the heart of the beautiful historic town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The Lion Hotel combines stunning 16th Century architecture with every classical comfort. Famous for its warm and friendly hospitality and traditional character, the hotel is perfectly situated to enable guests to enjoy all that this unique area has to offer. Our 59 bedrooms which include standard doubles, twins and singles as well as suites, each have their own unique character and include all the comfort and facilities you would expect. The Hayward Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers a quintessentially British menu with a few subtle twists, using fresh local ingredients. The Oak Bar offers a more informal dining option and is open all day for teas and coffees, homemade cakes, healthy light bites, delicious lunches and exceptional value dining. The hotel has a number of outstanding function rooms including the magnificent domed Adam Ballroom; creating a very special atmosphere for events including Weddings, Christmas Parties, Private Dining and Conferences. Free Wi-Fi is available in the bar and lounge areas of the hotel. ... more   less 
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