We stayed at Russell's last Friday and Saturday night, to tie in with my husband's 50th birthday treat (driving supercars at Mallory Park). We are regulars to the area, although we have previously always stayed in the country, so I was nervous there may be traffic noise, etc. But my husband was adament - he loved the pictures on the website and convinced me it would be a nice change. He was not wrong.
I had researched the place thoroughly on T/A, so knew there was a small car park around the back they share with Budgens. NB: Consider this if you can when you arrive. Broadway is a small village - a free car park is going to fill up quickly. Sure - you have to be lucky to get a space, but use some common sense on your arrival time, and you should be lucky. We were able to park both on arrival on Friday and our return from the day out on Saturday.
From the moment we arrived everything was spot on. Alice was very friendly at checkin and offered to carry our stuff to the room - we carried our own but Alice led us to the room and left us to sort ourselves out. We went for a walk up to the Tower (we have done this 3 times and each time - including this time - the heavens opened on us), but that is British weather and not the fault of Russells. It didn't "dampen" our spirits.
We chose to eat in the Workshop (the sister restaurant to the main bistro) as we were going for a fancy meal on Saturday. Workshop offers plainer food but by no means sub-standard. We had a lovely table upstairs enjoying the converted building and admiring the beams.
The bed was king size and very comfortable. A/c great, double sinks (great when your trying to comb your hair and hubby is in the way shaving!), large bath and very powerful shower. Room had everything you could need and looked out to the back courtyard and car park. No great view, but so what?
Breakfast was lovely. I take the point the previous person made. The lady did ask several times if you wanted anymore tea/coffee/toast, etc., but rather that than ignoring you! I didn't want anymore toast before my main breakfast but had changed my mind after the cooked b/fast so was pleased with her attention.
Great place to return to if you've been elsewhere for a meal - just grab a table and the staff will bring you a drink over. They remembered my husband's drive day and actually asked how it went. So, they're working but it's nice they do it with apparent interest in their guests rather than standing at the bar scowling at you, waiting for you to go to bed!.
Check out was easy. No problems.
I will say when in the restaurant you cannot hear any noise from the street as they have secondary double glazing.
We paid £190 p/night. Yes, expensive (perhaps £150 would have been more reasonable). But if you want class, comfort and a stress-free stay, you have to pay for it. We will return due to the friendly staff, comfortableness and home from home feeling of Russell's.
Thank you guys for a wonderful stay. Sorry - can't remember the name of the guy we were talking to about the driving experience - you know who you are!
PS: To the 3 ladies who came down for b/fast right on 10:30am and moaned about everything including "who on earth gets up for breakfast at this time!?", suggest you stay at home next time. They also complained about the room being hot but, I enquired on checkout and all rooms do have a/con so...??? Perhaps this lady didn't know how to operate it, or didn't have her maid to switch it on for her...!
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- Also Known As:
- Russell`s Hotel Broadway
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