The Crown is located in Old Amersham and looks like it comes straight out of a British TV sitcom. Beautifully decorated both in the common areas as well as the rooms. Some of the rooms are not accessible via the central reception area and one has to cross the street to reach them. The rooms in the main building are located on two sides of the patio and can be reached via a miriad of stairs reminiscent of Basil's Fawlty Towers hotel - priceless.
The check-in was terrible. I had checked in in the morning, left my credit card details and my suitcase before I headed off to work only to find out upon my return that the reception clerk could not find any proof that I'd ever been there and they had actually been wondering "who that suitcase in the corner belonged to". I did eventually get a room after spending an hour with some friends in the bar wondering where I'd sleep that night.
The bar service is slow and one regularly has to go find someone to take an order for drinks. Breakfast is absolutely good but if one wants a hot cocoa or an expresso (the normal coffee is a disgrace) it gets added to the bill to the tune of GBP2.90 - ghastly habit.
My TV only got repaired on my last day and the internet connection did not work at all 2 out of the 3 days I stayed at the hotel.
Room comfort is fine with a good bed, sufficient pillows to suit anyone's requirement and a very decent shower (be it that the bathroom felt very cold at all times of the day) with lots of nice, fluffy towels. There are coffee and tea facilities in the room. We got the corporate rate which made this bearable but at the common rates this hotel advertises, it is poor value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown in Old Amersham, situated at the end of the Metropolitan Line and 40 minutes from London, is the second in a family of modern day coaching inns recently renovated by the designer Ilse Crawford (other works include Babington House). The old timber building is situated in the centre of the historic market town, attracting locals, restaurant guests and night time travelers. The inn’s interior is made up of rural materials – from Ercol chairs made in High Wycombe to traditional plaster made from lime and horsehair. The ‘back room’ with its inglenook fire and view of the cobbled courtyard is perfect for private gatherings and feasting of up to 40, while the bar and restaurant area is the communal heartbeat of the inn. The kitchen serves seasonally inspired, locally sourced food with in-between times satisfied with home baked cheese scones and fruit cake with Cashel Blue while the main menus changes daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Crown Hotel Amersham
- The Crown Amersham
- Crown Amersham
- The Crown Inn Amersham, Buckinghamshire