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Villiers Hotel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Buckingham
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Popped in today to escape the rain & enjoyed a drink in the public bar area. The young man behind the bar was very professional & really seemed to be enjoying his job. Nice atmosphere in the bar that was serving a wide age of ages.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stayed via a deal with SAGA Classics. Good room, staff pleasant and food good. A little disappointed that the menu was limited under this deal and the same dishes appeared every evening. It had advertised 2 Rosettes so we were expecting a good choice!

Room Tip: Think we stayed in Room 101. Quite spacious and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We had just one night at the Villiers, our first stay at this Hotel; the room was extremely good value at £80 including breakfast, it was simply furnished,a good size and a comfy bed.

Dinner in the resturant was pleasant, right up to the puddings, which were excellen!! I had Rhubarb crumble tart with Rhubarb ice cream and my wife had the lemon and orange posset, both were really good, we found out that the head chef is the one making the puddings and you could tell.

The following day we headed off from the hotel for a very enjoyable walk in the countryside around Buckingham, just what we needed.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Having lived in the area for many years & have used the dining facilities on numerous occasions I was looking forward to staying overnight & partying in the Old Town Hall for a birthday party. We arrived late afternoon & checked in. The woman on reception was at best indifferent. The room was secured using Amex, this is obviously an issue as we were told loudly in front of other guests we would be charged an extra 4%. We were sent to our room up the stairs even though there are at least 2 lifts. The room is the one in the professional photos that is decorated green. If it were a fashion photo the phrase air brushing comes to mind. Everything, in the room is very tired. The walls are very scuff marked. The bathroom has the sort of floor found in hospitals, the sealant around the bath was mouldy. The fittings all needed de-scaling & polishing. We asked for an iron, we were offered 3, the last being useable. The lad who had to keep bringing them did so cheerily, so well done to him.

The party in the Town Hall Ballroom was OK. The dinner service was very slow. The overall decor needs to be seriously updated. The toilets are dreadful & the carpet on the stairs is dirty & looks like it has cigarette burns in it.

Back at the room we tried to order some drinks through room service. What happened was a tad Faulty Towers. The call was answered, we were told to ring back as the call couldn't be taken on that particular phone! We rang again, the call was answered by the same person who then took the order.

We had a very restless night as it was very hot in the room & the bed has seen better days. We kept rolling to the middle as the mattress must be very old. We noticed that the central heating was on all over the hotel. It may have been an idea to turn it off as the outside temperature was in the 20's. The pillows were so lumpy I woke up with the imprint of a ridge down my face.

Breakfast was good. One of the waitresses overheard me saying I would like an omelette & offered to get one made even though they were not on the menu. I did end up having the English breakfast which was cooked well.

Checkout wasn't very nice as one again the Amex situation was virtually shouted across reception. The details of our bill were read out to the other waiting guests.

Overall, this was a once good hotel that since being taken over by new owners has been allowed to decline. The old service standards have been lowered. The decor is in desperate need of updating. The room tariff is too much for the quality of the rooms.

On a very sad note the grave of a previous owner is situated near what was once his home close to the car park. This grave is now unkept, needs weeding & one of the wooden markers has been knocked over. I find this very sad.

Room Tip: The swimming Pool & Spa do not belong to the hotel. They are located a short distance away.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Nigeloddy, Owner at Villiers Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2014

The party in Villiers' Ballroom was a tremendous success - the organisers have sent us effusive letters of thanks. Service was timed to their wishes to allow for entertainment between courses.

Our General Mangaer was present in the reception area at 1.30am when you asked to see the manager but you decided you would wait until later.

Delighted you enjoyed breakfast.

We have just received a Tripadvisor "2014 Certificate of Excellence", and a tremendous report from the AA - confirming our 4 Star classification.

Please re-visit us and meet Jean Rush our General manager - I'm sure we can make you very welcome.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Once again another wonderful weekend stay at the Villiers Hotel in Buckingham.

The four stars ‘Villiers Hotel’ was formerly a 17th coaching inn. The car park is situated in the old courtyard. The hotel has been extended over the years and rooms have been built around this courtyard. The hotel has a classic country feel about it. The entrance lobby was done out in rich creams with brown wooden panelling, this was also reflected in the Reception area. This rich panelling continued into the Bar, and Lounge areas.

The Lounge’s had log burning fires and soft cream and brown leather upholstered chairs and sofas to relax in. There were magazines and games for guests to use. The windows overlooked the streets with their quaint shops and cottages.

Our bedroom was in a Courtyard Room ( No 211 ) in the newer part of the building, it was a large room with a large king size bed with white cotton sheets and duvet and a soft brown and beige brocade coverlet with matching curtains. The furniture was of lime waxed oak, which was in keeping with the décor of the room. We had a Lounge area with two brown velvet upholstered chairs and a large flat screen television. Our huge bathroom had a deep tub with a shower over and the water was piping hot, it was done out in white with silver modern style bathroom fittings and warm fluffy white towels.

One our first evening we were served to a delicious meal in the ’The Villiers Restaurant’, which was decorated in a soft cream and beige colours with rich brown brocade curtains and cream and brown upholstered dining chairs and was lighted by huge crystal chandeliers. The tables were laid in fine Brown and white cloths with shiny silver tableware and had fresh flowers on all tables. The décor of the restaurant was very sophisticated and elegant.

We sipped ‘Indaba’ Red wine with our meal, the food was excellent. My husband had hot smoked salmon, potato salad, capers and horseradish cream for his starter. I had Scotch Eggs served with a sweet chilli sauce and a rocket dressing for my starter. I had for my main course roasted chicken supreme, Boulanger potato, crisp pancetta, roasted carrots and chicken jus. My husband had a rib-eye steak with brick chips, tomatoes and mushrooms with a Béarnaise sauce for his main dish. My husband had a selection of ‘Tortes i.e. lemon, chocolate and coffee for his dessert and I had warm pear and frangipane tart with vanilla ice cream for my sweet. We were so full afterwards that we settled into comfy leather chairs in the lounge and we had coffee.

Our second evening once again we were served to a delicious meal in the ’The Villiers Restaurant’. We sipped ‘Indaba’ Red wine with our meal, the food was excellent. My husband once again had the hot smoked salmon, potato salad, capers and horseradish cream for his starter. I had the chicken liver parfait with pear chutney and toasted brioche for my starter. I had for my main course roasted fillet of salmon, herbed polenta, roasted vegetables and chive veloute. My husband had crumb encrusted lamb cutlets with chive mash and a selection of vegetables and a mint jus for his main dish. We both had the rose ice cream Baked Alaska with a rose petal drizzle and served with rose water flavoured Turkish Delight, which was a sweet to live for, we both did not want to come to the end of the dish as it was so nice. We were so full afterwards that we settled once again into comfy leather chairs in the lounge and we had coffee

Our Thanks to all the Staff, Katie, Lucia, Tom, Ross and Jean the Hotel Manager for all your kindness and hospitality.

If you want a First Class Service then this is the place to be.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We had a Sunday Lunch celebration for a special birthday and the staff at Villiers Hotel were extremely professional in all aspects of our booking, particularly as we had two children who needed a special diet and they went out of their way to accommodate this requirement.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Brian P
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

A marvellous staff, superb staff, so friendly and efficient. Rooms were excellent and the meals very good quality. I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for any type of stay. The gentleman on reception was really lovely and also when we booked with him by phone.

Room Tip: Do pay slightly more for the executive rooms. Wish my bedroom was like this!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Villiers Hotel

Address: 3 Castle Street, Aylesbury MK18 1BS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Buckinghamshire > Aylesbury Vale > Aylesbury > Buckingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Buckingham
Price Range: £80 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villiers Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villiers Hotel has a 4 Star AA classification. The hotel has a 450 year history from being an important main coaching inn in the 16th century to a delightfully refurbished hotel today. Designed around a cobbled courtyard, the hotel has 49 bedrooms individually designed and including suites, and executive rooms. The restaurant has been awarded 2 rosettes by the AA for innovative fresh food dining, and offers an eclectic a la carte menu as well as the fixed price 3 course Market Menu. The real ale bar is popular with guests and locals alike who appreciate its real log fire and delicious bar menu. The hotel also encapsulates Buckingham's Old Town Hall also full refurbished for conferencing and weddings. Car Parking is extensive and freely available for customers. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Classic Hotel Buckingham
Buckingham Classic Hotel
Classic Hotel Villiers
Villiers Hotel Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

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