Hotelwas clean enough. Rooms were small thoughbeds was very comfortable. Very little hangin space for clothes and virtually no shelf space. The CCTV camera on the opposite building was offputting when it appeared to be pointing into the room! We waved.
Details fail to mention that it fronts a busy road next to traffic lights so there is a great deal of traffic noise which the double glazing and shutters do not block out adequately.
However it does have a central locaiton and it is a short stroll to almost anywhere you would want to see.
Restaurant food was good and reasonable value though drinks were slightly expensive (see later). Breakfast service was poor. You have to go to the cake shop to order breakfast rather than the staff noticing you are there and coming to serve you. Add this to the cleaner working round the bar (where you have to eat) with vacuum cleaner and mop at the same time and you get the picture of lack of thought for the customers.
Parking was just adequate but very useful.
Note that if you arrive on Market day, King Street where the car park is, is closed off all day.
My major complaint was the price of Becks Blue which retails in shops at about 60p a 275ml bottle, has no alcohol so no tax and was being sold (we only bought one!) at £4.00 per bottle - unjustifiable!
However, all in all we would rate the hotel as a worthwhile experience and reasonable value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cross Keys Hotel dates back some 650 years and is one of the most important buildings architecturally and commercially in the centre of Saffron Walden. This beautiful Grade II* listed building was fully restored and renovated in 2012, re-opened on the Diamond Jubilee weekend. Now offering 6 wonderful en suite bedrooms in the main period building plus 3 new luxury en suite boutique bedrooms in The Cobblers Barn, offer handmade pocket sprung mattresses, duck down toppers, crisp bed linen and are loaded with old characterful beams and charm. All the comforts of today are here as well - in each room you will find a flat screen television , Nespresso coffee machines, free wifi, phone and iPad charging points and some rooms with air conditioning. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Cross Keys Hotel Saffron Walden, Essex