This is the second stay at the Palace. The first being by hen party, and this time I visited with my husband and 15 month old son for my birthday. Its a great hotel for location, character and facilities. The staff were really friendly whenever you spoke to them, or even passed by and there is a great atmosphere in the hotel. Breakfast was great (and was available until 10am - bonus!) although a choice of more fresh fruit would have been better for my banana mad son.
A walk around the hotel and you can appreciate some of the history and grandeur, the lobby, dining area and the large function rooms are beautiful and well kept. The pool looks like its been refurbed. Its a little small but nice for a dip or to jump in after the sauna. I also had a lovely pedicure so thumbs up to the spa (and staff despite a slight booking mix up)
There is obviously a but coming...the rooms and corridors need a complete overhaul. It looked like the far section of the 3rd floor had been done and it is hopefully a sign of things to come for the rest. The rooms are comfortable, clean and all different in size I think. Ours was a great size with a gorgeous view of Buxton. The bathroom was huge but 'utilitarian' is the only way I can describe it. With a huge amount of investment and decorating the hotel could be luxurious but at the moment I'd say comfortable. If you're looking for somewhere with character, charm and history this place is great. If you're put off by scuffed furniture, and peeling paint in the hallway then book somewhere else, no doubt for more money.
Good value too, the advance rate on the hotel site was good at £80p/n including 2 breakfast. With breakfast costing £25+ in many hotels these days we were pleased with the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Victorian Palace Hotel sits in 5 acres of landscaped gardens in the spa town of Buxton. Ideally located for visiting Buxton Opera House and exploring the Peak District National Park, Britain's first National Park and one of the country's most popular walking destinations, this hotel has an imposing facade and opulent interior to provide an unforgettable backdrop for any occasion. With 122 bedrooms, including 12 premium rooms, a Health & Leisure club with swimming pool, gym and beauty rooms, and a restaurant using local ingredients to prepare British and Continental cuisine, it's the perfect spot for a country town retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palace Hotel Buxton
- Palace Buxton
- Buxton Hotel Palace
- Barcelo Buxton
- Hotel Palace Buxton
- The Palace Hotel Buxton, Derbyshire