I must admit I had expectations of the Different Drummer, mainly due to the recent good reviews on Tripadvisor and the high price I had paid for an Executive Room.
On arrival it looked nice outside, but parking was a little hard to find, down a private road at the rear of the hotel.. The parking itself was, I felt, poorly sign posted and consisted of a small row of spaces on a deeply potholed surface. As it had been raining this meant that the potholes were full of water and the surface very muddy - not a great start.
We then checked in and, because we were extremely tired, omitted to ask about breakfast, check-out time, etc. I do feel such details should be covered at check in as a matter of course, but nothing was forthcoming. Every time we passed reception after checking in there was no-one there (although you could press a buzzer to get attention) so we never really found out these details throughout the course of our stay.
The room itself was disappointing – a nice enough room, but just that, and somewhat dated. The bathroom was similarly disappointing and a little cold, plus amongst the provided toiletries was a half-used bottle of lotion – not impressive! Also, when we came to use the bathroom, the water was never more than lukewarm – again disappointing.
On the plus side the room was warm and quiet, the bed comfortable and everything was relatively clean. Location in Stony Stratford was also good – right on the High Street close to various pubs and shops. Stony Stratford is a nice little market town, with some interesting shops and pubs, but maybe not enough to entertain everyone.
So, in conclusion, the hotel was nice enough – it had some charming features, but, for the amount we paid, we were disappointed with our room and overall stay. I didn’t hate it, but wouldn’t stay again and feel I could find much better value elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dating back to the 10th century, the establishment known today as the Hotel Different Drummer offers a delightful combination of old-world charm and modern day amenities, to make any guest feel at home. Whether you are travelling on business or leisure, or looking for the perfect venue to host a special event, the enchanting setting of the Hotel Different Drummer, situated in the heart of the village of Stony Stratford, is able to cater to your every need. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Different Drummer Hotel Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire