Stopped by with my wife for a night's B&B whilst on business in Stafford. Saw The Vine after leaving the Tourist Information Office with a list of out of town residences and decided to 'give it a go'
First impression was of an old & quaint, Coaching Inn right in the centre of Stafford (tick). It has it's own car park (tick) and we were greeted by very friendly staff (tick). We hadn't booked and only wanted a room for one night, so didn't expect to get the best room in the house, however, we also didn't expect to get the worst either!
Position. At the rear of the property over the kitchens.
Size. Good size both room and bathroom.
View. Back yard & smoking area.
Facilities. Tea, Coffee & Biscuits (tick) Bottled Water (tick) en-suite (tick) Bath (tick) with Tap Shower over. Hot water (tick) Lighting (just) Bed (awfully springy) TV (wall mounted with Freeview)
It was a warm night and therefore it meant we had to have the window wide open - the bathroom window was painted into position. Outside was a fire escape (very handy, as the alarm went off inadvertently soon after we arrived!) which was a security risk whilst not in the room or perhaps asleep.
Mentioning sleep; in between bouncing around all night on the far too springy mattress, we were treated to a constant whirrr from the kitchen extraction fan immediately below. 7-8 minutes off then 3 minutes on, all night.
Breakfast couldn't come too soon and was served by a very efficient Waiter who seemed to be doing it all on his own, however, no complaints at all there.
Overall, I liked the Hotel and it's Staff but would ask for a different room next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vine Hotel carries the accolade of being the oldest pub in Stafford. Located in the centre of the town, tucked down one of the many narrow side streets, The Vine offers a wealth of 'olde worlde' character to its guests. The hotel is ideally situated within walking distance of all the main attractions that Stafford offers, including the Gateway Theatre, Ancient High House and the Shire Hall Gallery. We offer secure parking for our hotel guests, just call in at reception and we will lift the barrier for you. Our pub has a traditional feel, with cosy corners, and classic pub food is served all day. A wide range of drinks are available from the bar. At the Vine Hotel, we pride ourselves on our friendly service and you are assured of a great stay whether for business or pleasure. Hotel accommodation includes our fantastic breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vine Hotel Stafford, Staffordshire