We attended a wedding reception in Belper and as there were no vacancies at hotels closer to Belper, we booked a room at the Bear Inn. We arrived at The Bear after a lovely drive through winding country roads. It is in a great location with beautiful views.
We were attended to immediately, and after checking in we were shown to our room. The guy who showed us to our room also gave us a long list of taxi phone numbers which was really helpful.
On entering, first impressions were good. Although small, the room was
suitable for purpose and had a lovely beamed ceiling.
Downside, was very dirty carpet and the walls could do with a lick of paint.
The shower wasn't very powerful although the water was warm.
When we returned later that evening, we had a good nights sleep in a comfortable bed and woke up the following morning to silence! Bliss!
The room rate of £80 included breakfast so we took advantage of the full english on offer. There was also cereal and fruit juices, tea and coffee. Breakfast was ok. Plenty of it just a bit greasy for me.
On checking out there was a little confusion as at time of booking we were given the impression we were paying in advance as we gave ALL card details including the security number. However when we checked out we were asked for our card to pay. When we questioned the fact they had already had the card details we were told that this is done at time of booking and all the details are "written" in the reservation book in case of damage to rooms or people leaving without paying. Whilst I totally appreciate details being taken in advance, I was not happy that they had been written in a book that all staff can see. This could potentially lead to fraudulent use of a card. Friends also had the same issue. The staff apologised that it hadn't been made clear at the time of booking.
Overall we really enjoyed the stay and would stay again.
I do think the hike in price of £25, from £55 Mon-Thurs and then £80 Fri-Sun is a little steep. Ì know weekends are normally a little more but I feel that £80 is maybe a little high for the standard of the room.
All said, I would recommend The Bear and we will hopefully return ourselves.
Just for information, a taxi cost us £9.20 each way from The Bear to Belper. It will probably be a little more if its after midnight but for a Saturday night we thought this was reasonable for the distance.
Hopefully we'll get to eat there next time as well.