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Village Hotel Swindon
Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Swindon
Birmingham, UK
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“What a treat! Loved it!”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

My best friend and wanted to go away for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. After a lot of researching I decided to book DE VERE SWINDON as they were doing a special offer of dinner, bed and breakfast. We read up on this hotel on Trip advisor and all the positive comments are true!!! The staff were great (especially Florian and Amy at reception) and the food at Buca was very good (the chocolate cake shown in the picture on trip advisor really is that big). Breakfast is buffet style and you get the usual eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms which you help yourself to and there are cereals and fruit. Our room was upgraded with compliments of the General Manager (many thanks!) and the facilities were fabulous i.e. gym, sauna, steam room, pool. The village itself really is a little village, there’s a cinema, bowling plaza and even an Asda nearby (within walking distance) which has a McDonalds above it and there’s an ice skating rink a few yards away. I would definitely recommend this for families but my friend and I had a great time and even found time to get some great bargains at the Designer Outlet which was a 5-10 min bus ride away (a dayrider cost £3.50). The only downside was that our weekend was over too quickly. Bravo to all the staff at De Vere Swindon and Mr Spink. We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Wales UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Stayed overnight for a family member's birthday. Excellent rate of £79 per king size room, dinner, bed and breakfast. The restaurant in the evening on finding out we had a birthday amongst us, pulled out all the stops!!! A complimentary bottle of fizz on arrival and even another bottle due to a little mix up when our food came!!! Followed by a song and a birthday card!!
Rooms were great and all refurbished. Did not get to use the leisure facilities.
Would not hesitate to use this hotel again.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2012

I'll be brief and cut to the chase.

We visited the hotel's "Victory Pub & Kitchen" this evening for the 1st time. It's all very glitzy, with thumping noisey background music, and the bar area is peppered with large TV screens.

The bar is manned by very young staff, oozing an air of "lethargy" about them. The choice of food is basic, and that - with their drinks range, clearly reflects their target customer base of 18 - 30.

The food prices seem competative at 1st glance - until you see the portion sizes, which are meagure, but the sting comes when you order a drink. The drinks are VERY, VERY expensive. We paid £4.30 for a (small) 175ml house wine and £3.70 for a pint of Bombardier. £8.00 for 2 drinks !!!!! and one of them was a small glass. If you want to save some money however, you can order a bottle of wine instead of 3 large glasses, and you will save a whopping £0.05 ..... yup ... 5 whole pence.

Service at the bar was (objectively) not very good, and the meals are very unimaginative (burgers or chicken wings) and they come in small portions, but the drinks prices are really WAYYYYYYYYYY over the top for Swindon.

My tip is go elsewhere - you'll get better value, better service and a much more agreeable venue. I'd hate to be a guest there with an evening to kill.

Room Tip: There are plenty of deals offering a room deal for £45.00 per night.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Chose this hotel primarily because we were looking to visit Oxford and Bath and this location was central for both and they were offering a special deal for Valentines / half term.

The rooms are adequate sized and the bed was comfortable. As mentioned in previous reviews the only down side is the fact that the rooms are far too hot but we immediately turned off the radiator in the room and opened the window to cool it down. Did not have to switch the radiator back on for the remainder of the 3 night stay.

Used the gym and pool facilicities on the first day we arrived and both were adequate. When you hand in your room key they exchange this for a locker key and a fresh towel so no need to take your own.

As mentioned we wanted to do some sightseeing in the surrounding areas. Wanting to have relaxing days out and be able to enjoy a drink if wanted, we decided to check out the local transport system.

The hotel is just under 3 miles out of the centre of Swindon and in the middle of a leisure complex which includes a cinema, bowling alley, supermarket, couple of restaurants etc. We do a lot of walking but not really an easy way to walk into the town so elected to catch one of the many regular buses from the Link Centre across the road from the hotel - a couple of minutes walk. The buses run until at least 10.30pm - 11pm at night.

The train station and bus station are close together. There is a direct train to Bath which takes about 30 mins and runs practically every half hour and costs (for an adult off peak) £10 return which was well worth the money.

We could have caught a train to Oxford but would have had to change at Didcott for a connecting service. We decided instead therefore to take a Stagecoach Gold service (Number 66) from the bus centre (from the actual station and not from the road bus stops where all the local buses start and finish). The cheapest way to do this is to purchase a Stagecoach Explorer ticket - get the no 8 from the Link Centre and you can purchase on this bus saving you the extra fare down into Swindon - for £6 per adult! Absolute bargain and the buses are brand new and very clean and comfortable. The journey does take an hour and a quarter but you do get to take in some of the lovely countryside on the journey. Again this is a regular service - every half hour.

Food-wise - the breakfasts are buffet, self-service style but more than adequate. We ate one night in Buco's, the American/ Italian restaurant within the hotel, and found this to offer a wide selection and we were happy with our choices. We also ate on our last night in Verve the pus within the hotel and again enjoyed a more than adequate burger. We did however have recommended to us a couple of restaurants in Swindon town centre - an Indian by the name of Khyber and a Chinese by the name of Swindon Rendevous. We did not get to the Chinese but the Indian was superb and comes highly recommended. We went on a Friday night at around 8.30pm and did not have to book. Superb food, lovely clean premises and really friendly staff. (Get the No 8 bus and, rather than going all the way into town, ask the driver to give you a shout for the nearest bus stop to Rudi's and Khyber is just around the corner from there - this will save you a 10 minute walk back up the hill).

Overall a good place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We stayed here to see relatives and see the local area, Bath, Bristol and Cotswolds. Lovely hotel, modern decor and clean. Busy hotel with quiet rooms. Fantastic big beds. Great choice at Breakfast, lovely Italian restaurant for evening with lovely staff. Lovely pool for the children. Gym was very well equipped and large with lots of classes, chatted to one of the instructors and she was very friendly, actually all of the staff were chatty and friendly. Lovely two night stay, thank you.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

It's OK. Nice people, rooms are modern and the TV new. Shower is good. No Safe and a little less hotel and a little more something else. They are busy, the Italian American restaurant is cosy and fun and the food good. The sauna is gruby so they need to sort that out and get a system.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2012

We recently stayed for a weekend at the De Vere Village as per a Groupon Deal. As we paid a bargain price I feared a few difficulties with the booking but was pleasantly surprised to find booking and checking in procedures very efficient and straightforward.

Rooms are comfortable, but a little dark for my liking - a bit more lighting would be great - public areas were good and the facilities of a pool and spa area looked fab too. We had a meal in both the Italian and pub and both were excellent value. The breakfast with a choice of cold and hot buffet was great too, well cooked breakfast and plenty of it!

that said the greatest asset of this particular hotel is the friendliness and great service of the staff. This was evident from breakfast service through to service at dinner, bar staff, cleaning staff and in fact everyone we met were more than helpful. Obviously some great training scheme in place!

great value and a good stay - will be back

Room Tip: Try to sort out the heating before you sleep as it can get very hot.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Village Hotel Swindon
Address: Shaw Ridge Leisure Park | Whitehill Way, Swindon SN5 7DW, England (Formerly De Vere Village Swindon)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Swindon
#3 Luxury Hotel in Swindon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Village Hotel Swindon 4*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Village Hotel Swindon is situated on Shaw Ridge Leisure Park and 3 miles from Swindon Town Centre. The Leisure Park has a bowling alley, multi screen cinema, restaurant, Pizza Hut and a public house. Within walking distance is an ice skating rink, a small shopping area with supermarket, post office, pharmacy, petrol station. Great Western Designer Outlet Village is within a 10 minute walk. Village Hotel Swindon has 147 bright and modern bedrooms, a choice of stylish dining or a traditional pub, Starbucks Coffee Shop, a relaxing Spa, state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, Swimming Pool, Meeting and Conference Centre, Live Party Nights, Wedding Licence, free wi-fi throughout the hotel and free parking. ... more   less 
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