I believe in giving credit where it's due so here is my review of Caravelli - Absolutely cannot rave enough about this amazing little boutique B&B (or, restaurant with rooms) we stayed 3 nights - 5 days and although we had a problem in our first room we were moved immediately the next day - This may sound negative but I assure you that the owner (Bruno) had somebody in the very next day to rectify the issue and could not have been more apologetic and customer focused - we were not charged for the previous night which in this day and age is remarkable in its self but he even stayed overnight in the room himself to check the problem had been rectified to his satisfaction so that no other guests had the same experience . The first room was gorgeous anyway but the second room was a stunning and a sheer pleasure to stay in. You can see from the video and photo's of both rooms that they are all done to a very high standard but what makes this place stand out is the attention to detail from Bruno and his staff - Particularly Flori who mans the reception and is (i think) the general guest services / liaison manager, To be honest it is more like joining a small family for 5 days!. The food served in the Italian restaurant was superior and needs no talking up from me - it was very popular and busy from 6.30 onwards, clearly a much loved favorite place to hang out by the locals. It can happily cater for formal and informal (there was even a wedding there the day we left but they did not miss a heartbeat in the service we received even at their busiest) You would not feel out of place in full evening attire for a special occasion or, jeans and a t-shirt straight from the train. I would recommend eating here even if you are not staying in the hotel itself. There are 4 rooms all sporting their own individual and unique character . The first room we were in overlooked the car park to the rear and does have a lovely shower but no bath. The second room "The Beaumont" overlooks the high street and a stunning church across the road it has a delightful roll top bath as a feature (but no shower) so if you are on a business stay probably not an ideal choice of room - go with one of the rooms with the power shower as i would say The Beaumont is geared more towards romance - Massive 4 poster with drapes. It is above the restaurant so if you are uneasy with very mild noise till about 11.00- (by mild i mean no more than a general background buzz of people enjoying themselves) then i also suggest to stay in one of the back rooms. but to be honest, if you are booking a room here you should embrace the atmosphere and sit downstairs with a nice bottle of one of their fine Italian wines - they do have an extensive and excellent list. Don't worry if you are Solo, the owners and staff are unobtrusive if you want them to be, or equally, will readily sit and chat .I would say that if absolute silence and solitude is your thing book out of town and not here, This place is in the heart of the centre and more than a nod in the direction of all things Italian i.e.; bubbly , boisterous and welcoming . The public (restaurant) toilets were immaculate as was the fresh crisp white bedding and towels that were so clean and fluffy they looked like they had just been bought (and actually were giant bath towels - rare nowadays, usually it's a dish cloth size to get dried on). Water was always boiling hot ( 24/7 so do be careful as i mean hot)
The breakfast (included in booking) was massive - A full English cooked fresh to order with a steaming pot of freshly ground Italian coffee - do be warned; the sausages are Italian so a little perfumed - not to everyone's palette after a rich evening meal in the restaurant. I chose scrambled eggs with my full English but it turned out that those too evolved into something magical - They do also have the usual cereals ect but be warned the bread for the toast was freshly sliced from a doorstep of a fresh loaf - you may leave here several sizes bigger than you arrived - I don't think the chefs have the ability to "just cook food" even at the breakfast run they were busy adding "Love" to everything that left the kitchen! Of particular note to the standards of food here is that one night the restaurant was at full capacity, we all 4 ordered different starters and different mains - all 8 separate dishes came out perfect - this in itself is no mean feat in a busy packed restaurant. What touched us about our stay were the small things, Flori cottoned on that I have a cigarette and strong coffee every morning before i engage in any kind of anything - she unexpectedly brought me a streaming cup outside where i was sat on the little bench having my cigarette. Overall, above and beyond all our expectations is the wonderful little place we found called Cavellis . Try it yourself, If I ever have a need to stay in Loughborough again there is only one place I will be staying. When we looked on the internet and found this place for just a tenner more than premier inn and travel lodge it' was a no brainer - we are so glad we did and would have happily paid a little bit more. Aa Hah - I have thought of a negative - I knew i could if i put my mind to it - the car park is an absolute bugger to find as it is on a one way system. once in it is safe and securely tucked away behind the hotel but more than a little patience is needed to navigate Loughboroughs one way system - you can see the hotel and know where you want to be - you actually have to drive past it several times to be facing in the right direction to get in the car park - so expect a waltz to get parked up!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In one of Loughborough's oldest buildings, Caravelli offers authentic Italian cuisine and elegant rooms. The bright and airy bedrooms all have wonderful exposed oak beams and period features. Rooms also have a flat screen TV, tea/coffee facilities and private en-suites. ... more less
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- Caravelli With Rooms Loughborough, Leicestershire