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“A Great Break” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel de Vie
Ranked #3 of 22 Farnham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fleet
2 reviews
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“A Great Break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

Just had a short stay sans the kids at the hotel de vie. I travel quite a bit, and I can honestly say Ive not come across a better combination of service, friendly staff and luxury. My only regret is that we could only stay for one night.

I am sure that we will be making a return visit.

Room Tip: Go for the scarlet suite, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Trev H
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this review, 7 October 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write your review of us on here. We really appreciate it.

Hopefully of course you'll be able to stay for more than one night on your next return visit!

We look forward to welcoming you back again.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

My partner and I stayed mid week at the end of May for 1 night in the Parisian dreams room and really enjoyed the stay.

From the road the building doesn’t look much and we nearly missed it but there was plenty of parking and a nice patch of shade to leave the car. Booking in was very quick and we weren’t over loaded with info, although we were given maps and some restaurant reviews later in the night which helped. The bar and eating area is lovely. Clean and fairly quiet with plenty of 'unusual' art to look at. We had a couple of pints from the bar and sat in the smoking area which was a little sun trap.

I booked the hotel solely for the size of the bath and my partner loved it. You could fit 4 people in! The Parisian dreams room had almost everything we could have wanted. I’m highly picky especially when paying a little more for a room but it was spotless. The bed was comfortable and the sheets spotless .The little extras like the coffee machine, juices down stairs, bubble bath etc make the price worthwhile.

There were only 2 things that could have improved our stay. We stayed on the hottest day of the year and round we had to have the windows open all night. Because of the road noise we had an awful night’s sleep. The other thing was a toast at breakfast. It would have been nice if more toast was brought out to go with the very nice cooked breakfast we had. That said the manager and 2 members of staff that we meet were lovely and very chatty. I’m sure if we had asked for toast or a fan they would have been able to help.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Kerrie F
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, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this review, 5 July 2012
Thank you Kerrie, for taking the time out to write your lovely review on here.
Of course it’s great to hear how much you enjoyed your stay in the most part, although I’m sorry it was the warmest day of the year when you visited.
We’re glad to see you recognised our high standards of cleanliness throughout!

In response to your two pointers for improvements:
Yes, as you have already mentioned we certainly would have been very happy to get additional toast for your breakfast. I’m sorry that for whatever reason you didn’t ask us at the time. We do normally try to ask mid-point in people’s breakfast if there’s anything else we can get you, and have a bell available if there is anything else we can get you at other times. It’s a shame that you did feel you missed out this time.

I’m really sorry to hear you had a troubled night’s sleep because of the road noise and your windows open. I assume you didn’t make use of our powerful earplugs freely available in your dresser draw? But yes, yes do have fans readily available upon request (but don’t normally keep them in the rooms to help reduce clutter).
In response to your feedback though, we have now moved our guest fans into the hallway area, next to our ironing board, so that guests can help themselves as and when required 24/7 without feeling they need to ask first.

Of course we look forward to welcoming you back in the future, on hopefully a cooler night for you!
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2012

We were in and out for a wedding so didn't get to make use the full array of delights the hotel had to offer but we did enjoy

- making use of the massive bath that could fit four people easilly
- a great nights sleep on the giant bed
- a hearty and healthy breakfast cooked fresh in the morning
- feeling like we were being treated like adults; the service is warm, friendly but inobtrusive

100% recommended

Room Tip: Look at the photos and pick something that fits with your character ; )
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Marcomarcos
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, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this review, 5 July 2012
Many thanks for your excellent, whilst concise review on here.
It’s great you were able to make use of at least a few of the key features of your room. We look forward to welcoming you back again, especially when you can spend more time here at Hotel de Vie.
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2012

This was our first stay at the Hotel (but will not be our last) and we booked the Scarlett Suite.
The pictures simply do not so the room justice, it is far more beautiful than in the photo and does not adequately capture the smaller detailes that creates such a sumptuous and romantic experience. The bath and rain shower were wonderful!
Everyone who looked after us during our stay was friendly, professional and attentive but without being intrusive.
The dinner and the breakfast were superb and as with everything in the hotel are excellent value, although I would probably pay double as we came home relaxed and even more in love all thanks to the staff and a great night.

We will be booking again for our wedding night.

Thank You so much

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Carrie C
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, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this review, 5 July 2012
Hi Carrie,
It’s really lovely of you to have written your feedback about your stay here on TripAdvisor. Of course it’s always great to hear you had such a wonderful stay, and also how it continued to kindle your love for each other.
We do try not to oversell the rooms on our website (one of the reasons our photos aren’t taken with fish-eye lenses), so of course it’s great that we exceeded your expectations during your stay.
We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
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Surrey, UK
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here last weekend, in Room 1. Overall the stay was very plesant and we had a good time. The staff were so helpful and polite, and the complimentary refreshments in the reception were lovely. Breakfast was delicious and cooked fresh. Only quibble was that we had no hot water in the morning, even after leaving the shower running for a good few minutes. The staff were very apologetic and gave good reason for the problem, so I do not feel annoyed.
Thank you

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Vicki V
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, Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this review, 5 July 2012
Thank you for your review Vicki. It's great to hear you had a lovely stay with us.

Unfortunately you discovered the extremely rare time that virtually everyone had one of our high pressure power showers simultaneously, so the normally copious amounts of hot water was pushed beyond its high capability. Fortunately, around 20 minutes later is would have been reheated.
We do try to stagger breakfast times for large groups (to also help prevent this), but unfortunately on this occasion we didn’t succeed.

We do really appreciate you going out of your way to write your lovely review though, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Wiltshire, England
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

This was our second stay at Hotel de Vie, and on both occasions we have booked the Scarlet Suite. We were looking for some piece and quiet together, downtime from the kids and a chance to re-connect with each other. Yet again it didn't disappoint. Great attention to detail, wonderfully furnished and equipped room plus a bath to die for. If you choose the Scarlet suite they will even deliver breakfast and dinner to your room if you wish. Great Service and welcome from Anka who was very attentive during our stay. So if you are looking for downtime and to get some adult time together look no further than the Scarlet Suite at the Hotel de Vie.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank wwryfan
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this review, 10 May 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write your thoughts on here, especially after your second visit to our Scarlet Suite.

We're really pleased you've appreciated all of the little details around the hotel, and had a wonderful stay.

We look forward to welcoming you back again on your third visit!
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

I have stayed here a few times on business during the week and it is very good value for Farnham. If you are working within *10* miles of Farnham consider this hotel as everywhere else apart from Farnham is horrible, and this is the best hotel in Fanrham. Farnham is very nice, lots of decent real ale pubs and Indian restaurants.
The breakfast is excellent.
The hotel has a kind of double life (never inappropriate) that allows it to entertain business clients (like me) who appreciate the very friendly and professional staff.
It also seems to have a different following - as evidenced by the inclusion as standard equipment of a "Love Swing" under the beds of most of the rooms.
I love this different side of the hotel and it distinguishes it from the the average Holiday Inn.
The result is that I feel like I am missing out on a party :-) but I can't fault it otherwise. Definitely somewhere I would stay in with my wife, if the opportunity arose.

Highly recommended, from somebody who lives half his life in hotels.

Room Tip: If you CAN stay here,STAY here
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank GlenWarburton
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this review, 10 May 2012
Hi Glen,

Many thanks for your lovely review on here, especially from a seasoned traveller.

Of course just to clarify, 'entertain' is not referring to any other services as such. Just a quality hotel, where we provide great beds and breakfasts for our guests, and where our staff treat each person as an individual. We also like to make genuine conversation with our guests, and often remember those conversations on future visits.

As you mention, fortunately we do seem to have unusually reached both markets of business travellers (generally during the week), and leisure travellers (particularly at weekends).
As a result, we are a busy hotel most days of the week.

We look forward to welcoming you back again.
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Property: Hotel de Vie
Address: 22 Firgrove Hill, Farnham GU9 8LQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Surrey > Farnham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Farnham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel de Vie 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel de Vie is a small boutique hotel of 8 en-suite rooms, just a short walk from the historic Farnham town centre, Farnham station, and a host of other local attractions. Hotel de Vie, Farnham, provides comfortable accommodation, with great staff, freshly cooked to order breakfasts, powerful showers, and lots of free snacks, hot drinks and treats. Affordable luxury in a friendly and relaxed environment that many guests keep coming back to. ... more   less 
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