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“Boutique at its best”
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Hotel de Vie
Ranked #3 of 22 Farnham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 February 2013

I've had the pleasure of staying at the Hotel De Vie twice now and it's been a wonderful experience both times. The first time was a birthday treat and I had the good fortune to be able to stay in the best room of the hotel: 'The Scarlet Suite'. It felt so special having use of the huge bath and extra king-size four-poster. We were also treated to a yummy breakfast in our room with our choice of veggie and vegan bacon and sausages. Even the water in our room was specially filtered and the process was explained to us by the impeccable host Jason. There were lots of little extra touches which added to the unique experience, such as the coffee/tea station with a huge choice of drinks and tasty treats, and the DVD selection available. There really was no need to leave the room!
My 2nd visit was another charming stay in 'Victorian Memories' and I'm still hoping to experience 'Parisian Dreams' in the near future!
If you haven't visited the Hotel De Vie yet, I heartily recommend you check it out. It really will feel like a special treat.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Daisy475
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to share your wonderful experience of the hotel on here, for your two visits to us :)

Not everyone gets to try our carefully selected veggie bacon & veggie sausages, so I'm glad you had a chance to try these for yourselves.

And of course we look forward to welcoming you back to stay in the Parisian Dreams room as you say next time! :)

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Reviewed 27 January 2013

Myself and my boyfriend chose to stay at Hotel De Vie for my birthday as a chance to escape the city, Hotel De Vie did not disappoint!
From the moment we arrived at the hotel it was clear that this was a boutique hotel with warmth and character.
We stayed in the Scarlet Suite which was stunning - every finer detail had been considered from the candles surrounding the jacuzzi-sized bath, to the private dining area which allowed us to have breakfast in our room. The four poster bed was honestly one of the most beautiful beds I've ever seen - my boyfriend said it was the most peaceful and comfortable sleep he had experienced in years!
Farnham itself is a charming town with lots of lovely restaurants and sweet little shops - a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of London.
I would highly recommend Hotel De Vie (and in particular the Scarlet Suite) for a couple looking for some romance and quality time together in a luxurious environment.

Room Tip: The Scarlet Suite is well worth spending a little extra for ;)
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LaurenWillsLondon
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2013

Many thanks for your lovely review Lauren.

We're really pleased you had a wonderful birthday stay with us, and both had such a good night's sleep. It's great you were able to get out an about into Farnham town itself too.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future, maybe for your boyfriend's birthday too?

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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We stayed at this majestic hotel a couple of weekends ago with another couple and had an amazing get away. We both opted for suites and were not disappointed, we had the Parisian Dreams and I would definitely book the Scarlet Suite next time. If you can afford to splash out the rooms get more divine the further up the ladder you look. Jason, the host was impeccable and treated us with a keenness to please and a courteous space to enjoy ourselves as we pleased.

The added touches of complimentary Nespresso coffee and snacks added a touch of indulgent class as most hotels charge every possible little extra, well done for putting the patron first!

Room Tip: The more you spend the more you get, to be honest it's not really worth getting a standard room...
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MeAndMyMisses
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to share your positive feedback on here. It's certainly not often we're described as 'majestic' but it's a lovely compliment. Thank you.

Certainly, the more you spend, the greater luxury you're likely to experience in the size of the room (although all our rooms feature the same luxury Egyptian Cotton bedding, powerful showers, great breakfasts, etc.)

But for businesses travellers during the week days in particular, our more standard sized & cheaper rooms are also very popular! :)

Without our patrons, we wouldn't have much of a hotel at all, so I still don't see how other hotels don't see it this way!

We're really pleased you had such a good stay though.

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

My wife and I stayed for one night only while we were visiting family in Frensham. It came highly recommended and we were not disappointed.

We were met by Jason who was kind enough to show us all those rooms that were not occupied. Each was styled differently and as different as you can get from a chain hotel. We stayed in Gothic Nights. The room was a good size, the bed was king sized and the bathroom actually had a decent sized bath.
The bed was fabulously comfortable. There was a little traffic noise but the complimentary earplugs fixed that. The breakfast was exactly what we wanted. We did not eat here in the evening so cannot comment.
If we ever again need a place to stay in the neighbourhood, this will be it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nottinghampaul
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to write your positive feedback on here.

I'm glad you had the chance to take a look at some of our other rooms too. As you describe, we have tried to get away from the generic nature of the larger chain hotels in the style of our rooms, and the quality of our service.

We look forward to welcoming you back when you're down visiting family again, and hope to show you our evening meal options too on your next visit!

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

My partner booked us in for a night away as a surprise following a rather tough 2012 and with me recovering from surgery.

Hotel de Vie is an exceptional hotel with outstanding staff and sumptuous accommodation. We upgraded on arrival to the Scarlet Suite - dinner being served in our room, as well as breakfast was a lovely touch. Whilst there we were given a quick tour of all the rooms - all individually themed as all clean and welcoming.

Both Jason and Anka (I apologise for spelling!) were both perfect hosts - welcoming and attentive.

I would certainly recommend Hotel de Vie to any couple wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and kids...... a calming, tranquil, decadent treat!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank f1owers
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2013

Many thanks for your lovely review on here.

It's great to hear of your positive experience, and of course we hope you continue to make an excellent recovery from your surgery.

We look forward to welcoming you back again.

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Reviewed 7 January 2013

Hotel De Vie is a diamond find, a place of style, comfort, cleanliness and quality.

Its cosy individual style and has everything you need for a romantic get away.

Jason is the perfect host, attentive, pleasant, thoughtful and getting the balance right in allowing space and providing the service required. He remembers your name and checks to see if you are happy and have everything you need. He gave us a guided tour of the hotel, which showed style and classic taste through out.
We were booked into the Gothic room but having seen the Parisian Dream Suit and fallen in love with it.. we changed rooms.
The bath is wonderful, pure decadence, with everything provided.. from bubble bath to candles and matches.
It is perfectly placed for being walking distance into town and yet feeling that you are away from the hussel and bussel.
I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough... and I am not someone who makes that statement easily.
A place to return to again and again .. that is if its not fully booked !

Room Tip: look on the website as the rooms are all different
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank pinkladie57
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about your stay here on TripAdvisor. It's great to see your own selection of photos taken during your little guided tour around too :)

We're really pleased you had such an excellent stay, and thank you for also sharing your thoughts on the location too.

Of course we look forward to welcoming you back again when we have availability! :)

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Reviewed 30 November 2012

We decided to have a couple night away from the children and so decided to book Hotel De Vie and the Decadence Room. Right from the start the service from Jason was excellent from a lovely greeting and being shown to ur room. The Decadence room has fantastic Kingsize four poster bed, the colours in the room made the atmosphere of the room sooooo romantic and cosy. We stayed in and and had a lovely meal and drinks and once again Jason was great gauging our needs so that we were left alone for a romantic meal and was there when we needed more drinks etc. The Whole theme of Hotel De Vie lends itself to a romantic evening.
The hotel has a spacious lounge and dining area which is tastefully decorated with a slightly sexy theme with the pictures and plaster cast torso (look so good we have ordered the kit to have ago ourselves) which a gives just the right cosy feeling which you don’t seem to get in any other branded hotels.
Hotel De Vie provided us what we needed, a great service, a romantic meal, a great room, no kids running about so that we could be a romantic couple again, thank you Jason.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Gerry617
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2013

Many thanks for sharing your experiences of staying with us, from staying in the 'Decadance' room recently.

It's great to have read your feedback on so many of the things we've worked hard to find that balance in service and quality.

Of course we're not just a hotel for romantic nights away : the subtly themed rooms, quality bedding and food, are a welcome change for our guests staying in the area on business too! :)

Our child free policy in particular does help the whole building feel a lot more peaceful as you've described though.

We look forward to welcoming you back again, the next time you get some time away for yourselves.

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Additional Information about 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: £89 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel de Vie 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel de Vie is a relaxing adults-only Boutique Hotel/B&B with eight luxuriously-fitted bedrooms and is popular for both couples and Farnham business travellers throughout the week. The freshly-cooked breakfasts and fast, free wifi are included in the room rate. Only a short walk from the historic Farnham town centre and Farnham station, Hotel de Vie regularly wins TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for consistently being one of the highest-rated hotels in Farnham. The child-free policy gives a quiet and sophisticated elegance to the lounge area which is only open to residents, so guests can enjoy the private bar and restaurant and get away from the stresses of everyday life and work. ... more   less 
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