In my view The Limewood hotel in the New Forest sets the bar for country hotels and I measure other hotels against it. For a sense of history though you cannot beat The Lygon Arms and I very much enjoyed that aspect and its location. The staff were welcoming and attentive and that was appreciated.
However, it charges premium prices but does not deliver a premium product. Our room 54 had a headboard that was stained from heads resting against it, the carpet was marked, bathroom floor tiles were cracked, grout in the bathroom tiles had mould and most of the mouldings in that room required re-painting. In essence the bathroom was tired, tired, tired.
A similar comment could be applied to the pool area and the men's changing room in particular. I object to having to wade through standing water on the floor in order to get to the shower.
A full English breakfast was a desultory affair as it appeared to have been cooked in advance and then kept warm. The look and taste of this meal strongly suggested that it had not been cooked fresh. To be fair, upon complaining the management deducted the cost from the bill without question.
To summarise - an atmospheric hotel which will resonate well with lovers of old England. Barcelo really needs to inject some capital into the premises and re-furbish the bathrooms and pool area to justify the cost of staying there
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine a hotel where roaring log-burning open fireplaces hint at its roots dating from the 1300's. Picture a Great Hall Restaurant with a vaulted ceiling and original wood panelling built in the seventeenth century. Visit a hotel that has been coloured by the characters of history. At The Lygon Arms, with its 78 rooms you can stay in the suite that King Charles I once stayed in the night before the Battles of Worcester in 1651. See the carvings of John Travis' name on the arch of the front door, etched into the hotel's history in 1620. An historic hotel in the heart of Broadway with a typically Cotswolds history. Dine in The Great Hall, Barringtons our typical all day dining brasserie or have lunch, a coffee or a Cotswold Gin and Tonic in one of our many lounges. A spa , swimming pool and The Lygon Gardens await you but most importantly the team look forward to welcoming you. . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo The Lygon Arms Hotel Broadway
- Barcelo Lygon Arms
- Barcelo Hotel Lygon Arms
- Lygon Arms Broadway