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“fantastic venue for a conference”
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Coombe Abbey Hotel
Ranked #3 of 39 Hotels in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
Penistone, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“fantastic venue for a conference”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Superb location, rooms, facilities and medieval banquet catering for 70. Downside, lack of organisation from the hotel (too many events at once for number of staff) and basic tea/snacks at breaks. Highly recommend for a conference with a difference, and considerably cheaper than a Q hotel...

Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Have stayed here many times and my partner and I have always been presented with exceptional service from all departments. Previously working in the hotel and restaurant industry I know how hard it can be to keep such a prestigious place running smoothly. Every member of the team we have ever encountered have been polite, friendly and passionate about delivering a great experience. Will still continue to visit again and again.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Yes the hotel is atmospheric, and for that, my husband loved it.
He loved the darkness of it, the history and character.
Me though - i need a bit more.
The dim lighting extends into the bedroom/bathroom. Windows aren't that big to start with, and have very heavy, very overdone curtains letting in barely any light. The lighting in the rooms is poor. Bad enough that you can't see well enough to remove/apply make up, but when there's not enough light to see whether the floor is clean...or if the drawers/cupboards are??
Hallways/stairs are even darker, so beware if you have bad sight.
Apparently there are beautiful gardens and sights within the hotel to see, even a shop - but we weren't given any info about anything.
We had a bar meal one night, asked for tuna on one sandwich and cheese/tomato (no pickle) on the other. Got tuna mayonnaise (which my husband hates) and cheese MIXED with pickle for my son. Guess who hates pickle? So, food came, but then we got the quick 'everything ok' about 10 seconds later before we knew what we had, and nothing after that. Did leave this info for them at checkout, but guess no-one cared!!
Breakfast was ok, Am i being picky when i think that i shouldn't have to ASK for milk and sugar when they bring the tea, or butter when they bring the toast? I don't think so.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Switzerland
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

I had originally planned to meet a friend here for afternoon tea and then decided to stay overnight. The location is very convenient just a few miles from the M6 and the M1.

My room wasn't quite ready when I arrived early around 1100 but the reception staff were friendly and professional and contacted me by mobile when the room became available an hour or so later. The hotel itself is simply spectacular, and has been sympathetically restored. Its quite a maze and I had an enjoyable time exploring all the little nooks and crannies that its medieval heritage bestows.

As one would expect, the hotel is a popular wedding venue and is set in acres and acres of parkland and also has a lake. These areas are open to the public and get quite busy on a Summer Sunday afternoon.

The afternoon tea was really excellent and I would highly recommend the Gentlemen's tea which included Scotch Duck Egg, Local Pork Pie and a Venison & Red Wine Sausage Roll. You need to book for tea which is available from 12.30.

We also ate in the Garden restaurant on the Sunday night which was very good value and reasonably good quality with some interesting combinations. Service in the restaurant was just a little hit and miss and I got the feeling that the staff were just a little jaded after what had been a busy weekend with at least two weddings.

The rooms at the hotel are very comfortable and just a little quirky, with everything you would expect from a four star property. Pricing was competitive at £135 for a Sunday night stay (B & B) The only surprise for me was the pre-recorded Security message that repeatedly blared out - 'You are being recorded' when I ventured outside into a small garden area that was directly accessible from my room. (No.55) . I fully appreciate the need for security and possibly to discourage other late night adventures in the garden !!! but it would have been helpful to mention this at check in, to prevent heart failure when I ventured out for a breath of fresh air very late at night !!

All in all, this was an excellent stay and I would have no hesitation in recommending or returning to Coombe Abbey.

Room Tip: Room 55 is easily accessible from reception on the ground floor and has access to a private walled g...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Visited to attend wedding on 3rd August, Arrived at hotel Saturday afternoon around 3:15pm as check in time 3pm however around 40 other guests had the same idea and only 2 on reception so we adjourned to the bar whilst the queue dispersed - arriving later on is probably a good idea. Hotel itself fabulous building, originally a monastery built in 1150 AD with beautiful formal gardens by Capability Brown and set in lovely country park. Medieval furnishings in keeping and a really lovely orangerie serving as restaurant and bar. Food very good, but make sure you book in advance if you want to eat in the restaurant. Room service excellent, breakfast great. Bar & restaurant staff friendly & helpful. Hotel dark inside with a castle type atmosphere which is nice but room was also very dark with very small windows which was not so good . As a wedding venue it is magnificient and gardens provide perfect backdrop for photos. Fantastic location, with impressive building/décor & good food all made for a wonderful occasion ideal wedding choice. Stayed two nights and enjoyed it wouldn't stay longer.

Room Tip: Nice to have a room in the original building although dark, recommend feature bedchamber
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Visited just for one night but wish we could have stayed a few more nights. A spectacular place situated in beautiful parkland. The moment you arrive at the reception you know you are somewhere special and unique.
We stayed on a Sunday night and had a discounted B&B rate. The double room with bathroom on a separate 1st floor level (via a spiral staircase) was really cosy and comfortable. Bed was fab.
We had a great 3 course meal in the lovely garden room restaurant. Breakfast was also good.
The staff were wonderful throughout the stay and we are already planning our next trip there.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Anniversary night away booked and relatives looking after the two year old, my wife and I were looking forward to a quiet evening and good meal.

Quick version.

Took two weeks and four attempts to get a wine list. Took three attempts but eventually booked champagne for the room to arrive at 6pm, (this did not arrive).

Check in at 3pm, got there at 3:15, queued (!) for twenty minutes to be told room not ready, have a drink in the bar, not told room was ready, when I did find out 40 mins later, I had to queue again for keys (!). So got room at around 5.

Food overpriced, I.e. London hotel prices, food ok but not matching the prices, that was not a £27 steak!

Giving a balanced opinion, breakfast was good and the staff were good in the restaurant in the evening.

My first ever letter of complaint is in the post, I think this hotel is geared towards weddings and the banquets they hold?

Room Tip: Ensure you are away from wedding and banquet venues/rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Coombe Abbey Hotel
Address: Brinklow Road | Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Coventry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Coventry
#2 Romantic Hotel in Coventry
#3 Business Hotel in Coventry
#4 Family Hotel in Coventry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Coombe Abbey Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 119
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