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The Elephant at Pangbourne
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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“Good value for money in a pretty spot”
Reviewed 6 October 2010

We booked for the Sunday night deal - a free room, as long as you spend £75 on food and drink. The hotel is in the centre of town, near both the Thames and the railway station. On arrival, we were upgraded to a better room (with 4-poster bed) without asking, and our bag was taken to our room (unusual this). As the room was away from the main road and the railway, there was no problem with noise, except for the church clock.
Service generally and food were good and portions ample, though the dining room was gloomy - a common problem throughout the hotel. The comfortable bed (with the best pillows I've ever had in a hotel) took up most of the room, and the TV was poorly placed to view. The overhead shower was powerful, but the bath was difficult to get in and out off without a rail, especially for older people. Also, an empty complimentary bottle of water had not been replaced.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2010

My husband and I just spent our 3rd Anniversary at The Elephant in Pangbourne. We returned after a second year having spent our 2nd ann' there last year and loved it.

I chose this hotel as the photos on their lovely website interested me, as a designer it's nice to find uniquely decorated rooms, each room has it's own theme and over time I intend to try every one. The service was very helpful and friendly, the food very posh (good) and the cost in-keeping to what was expected. We were fortunate enough to enjoy a Friday deal of free meal with our room, otherwise in these current times we would have not afforded such luxury. The rooms are divine, the beds are amazingly comfy and the general atmosphere is quality relaxing.

I recommended this to all my friends, if they fancied a romantic evening with their partners, a means of escape from parenting and a chance to indulge.

I can see us making this a annual tradition, perhaps even trying the sister hotels as they look just as lush.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

Location: It is on an extremely busy road that never seemed to have a quiet period.
Accommodation: Can vary from just being able to open the door before you walk into the bed to a bit more room and cold uninviting bathroom with the most unpleasant smelling toiletries ever. The rooms are clean, bed comfortable but the carpets threadbare and stained. Good tv although the picture broke up quite a lot. The rooms differed greatly from those advertised on website.
Food: Very good evening meal in the bar but the breakfast service in the main restaurant is appalling. Even when you are the only people in the room the service was slow and unfriendly and the breakfast unimpressive.
Value: This is not value for money. Will not be returning.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ilkley
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

This group of hotels has delightful quiet outside areas to eat, drink and relax, and the Elephant is no exception
Stayed here on a Sunday night and enjoyed a delightful evening in the garden with friends and family. There was a delightful array of tasty bar snacks ably served by the friendly staff.

We are all looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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The Riverbank @ Kew Bridge London.
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Reviewed 1 May 2010

This hotel exceeded our expectations in every way. The accommodation, food, wines and service were all in excess of the prices charged. Excellent value and a great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

This was my second time staying at The Elephant having previously stayed back in 2007. I had a fantastic time the first time and an even better one this time around!
My partner and I decided we wanted a night away at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. We rang and were offered the last room as part of the dinner, bed and breakfast deal. There was a large tour due to check in at the hotel that night so we were lucky to get a room! We arrived at the hotel about an hour later and were greeted by a very friendly receptionist. Half an hour after settling in the room (which was one of the smaller on the 1st floor) reception called to say there had been a last minute cancellation and would we like to move to a larger room. The coach party were due to arrive at 1am right outside our room and the staff didn't want us to be disturbed. We thought this was a great gesture and were really pleased as the room was one of the deluxe, twice the size of the original room!
The room had all you could need - TV with lots of channels, tea and coffee, and a good selection toiletries in the bathroom. All the rooms are individually decorated and furnished so they really appeal if you're looking for something that extra special and unique.
Dinner was served in the restaurant and the menu had a variety of dishes to choose from. The food was beautifully cooked and a lot of the ingredients seemed to be locally sourced. Breakfast was also served in the restaurant with hot choices from the menu and a buffet of fruit, yoghurt, juices and pastries. There's also the bar and lounge area for a relaxing glass of wine by the fire.
You can stay room only or take a package such as the dinner, bed and breakfast. I would recommend this as it means you don't have to worry about anything as it's all included at a great price!
The hotel is located in the centre of Pangbourne and although a lovely village we found everything we needed for a romantic night away was provided and so didn't leave the hotel! I would recommend The Elephant for couples that wants a night or two away somewhere memorable and romantic.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

My wife and I stayed here for two nights over a very cold bright January weekend in 2010, taking advantage of the hotel's special offer. The hotel is right in the centre of Pangbourne, a few minutes' walk from the station. Although we drove from London, it would be ideal for Londoners wanting a country break without a car: several circular walks from the hotel are possible, or in either direction along the Thames, returning to Pangbourne by train. On the ground floor of the hotel there's a bar (with a few real ales) an informal restaurant looking out onto the road and a comfortable residents' lounge. The style of the hotel is more of a very comfortable upmarket pub with restaurant, rather than a luxury hotel, which is the impression given by the website. The clientele seemed to be mainly couples in their 20s and 30s.

We had room no 1, one of the superior rooms: a large double room (leading off from a small separate lobby), a huge double bed, and quirky bathroom (dim lighting, matt black tiles). The room looked out to the rear of the hotel, across a flat roof with a nice view of the church, rather than over the road to the front, and with this outlook and the separate lobby it was very quiet. We were originally shown to one of the rooms in the annex, which although perfectly ok, would have meant walking across a freezing courtyard to the main part of the hotel, which wasn't something my wife relished! The reception staff offered to move us straight away without any fuss.

The cooked breakfasts were good, although the choices on the buffet table were rather limited: no muesli, few pastries and an urn of prange juice that ran out by about 9am, without being refilled automatically. The staff at breakfast seemed rather harassed and my full English arrived on the second morning without bacon: a mistake in the kitchen, but one which was quickly rectified. We enjoyed our dinner on the Saturday night and there was a varied wine list. Our only concern during dinner was that the jug of tap water, which we normally drink instead of bottled, had a strange taste (completely different from the tapwater in our room): when we mentioned this to the waiter he quickly replaced it with a free bottle.

Would we return? It's a nice place, the staff are very helpful, the food is good, although not as good as I've had in other hotels, and we enjoyed our stay. If we had been 20-30 years younger, we would have thought it a wonderful place and ideal for some more country breaks, being easily accessible from London. For us, if we had to stay in Pangbourne again, we would go back, but otherwise probably not.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Elephant at Pangbourne
Address: 3 Church Road, Pangbourne RG8 7AR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Pangbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pangbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Elephant at Pangbourne 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elephant offers its guests an experience of quirky luxury and a warm welcome, whether staying overnight, dining in the restaurant, or having a relaxed drink in the bar. All 22 bedrooms are individual and furnished with handcrafted furniture, rich ornamental rugs and opulent fabrics. The bar, known as Babar, has a bistro feel, serving simple but excellent British produce, while the restaurant offers beautifully cooked unpretentious food in elegant surroundings. ... more   less 
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