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All reviewsoldest hotelmalmesbury abbeylovely old hotelnight portercoffee makersteeped in historyold buildingpublic roomsbeautiful buildingthe main housefull englishlots of charactersconesbed was very comfortablethe ground floorvery pleasant staylounge area
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Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

Ok, I stay here quite often. I travel to the south west quite often & this is convenient for a few places & a friend lives locally to hotel so I can combine business & social. The hotel itself is in parts v old, and retains that old grandeur well. The variation between the rooms is a bit startling. I usually have the big room in the main building with the 4 poster. Now this is a nice room, some if the facilities are basic, but it's a very pleasant place to be. I recently had a big room in the coach house which needed some attention. Redecorating etc would help hugely. It also needed a bit of a clean. It didn't bother me overly since I wasn't really in the room much, but if I'd work to do I would have complained. I've also stayed in a standard room, which again are nice if sometimes a bit basic. I've never had dinner here, but always eat breakfast here. Which is always excellent. A well stocked bar is welcome as is an obliging night porter of the old school, ensuring guests can sit by the open fire & enjoy the scotch after the hotel closes to non guests. There is no gym, but I'd be surprised if there was. The staff are nice (especially the night porter!), friendly helpful & professional. So all in all, it's nice. It could be so much more, but is v v British in that way.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Visited this hotel on business for meeting and overnight stay. Great character building in a great location with good facilities. Rooms very comfortable, staff excellent, food excellent.
Would definitely use again.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
Thank Andy C
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

This hotel is absolutely stunning,

I stayed in the oldest part of the building with my fiancé and had seen reviews previously about it being colder than the newer part,
This was completely untrue, the older part of the building was beautifully furnished and very warm with radiators within
Bathroom was very spacious also

We decided to eat within the restaurant downstairs - best food I have ever eaten, we ordered the steak and also a fish and chips and they were both amazing dishes, ( even better than the ivy, London) :)

Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the Malmesbury area

Only negative I could say was that the old style windows were obviously single glazed and there was a bit of a ruckus going on out side ( stayed on a Saturday night ) so we could practically hear everything being said outside but that was not a fault of the hotels, just naff luck

Deffo stay here :)

Room Tip: If booking a room within the older part of the hotel - as they look out onto the main road in the town - it can be very noisy at night esp Friday and Saturdays
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

I stayed here for three nights at the end of October 2013 . The room was large and the bed was very comfortable . Breakfast was of a very high standard as is the service .I would stay again when in the area.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Stayed in the "Henry Hanks" room which was immaculate and very comfortable
No complaints about any aspect of the hotel, although menu was the same each day in both of the restaurants
Staff are very attentive and happy to help

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sue L
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