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The Penny Farthing Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Berkhamsted
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Because of its location and design I would agree with previous reviews that the hotel lacks charm and soul. However, we just needed a bed for the night. This I thought was good and the room clean with decent toiletries. The shower was nice and hot and the room even had an air con unit which was a god send on a very rare hot English summer night.

Breakfast was a disgrace; cold beans, blackened sausages and tepid coffee. In a nut shell a Danish pastry from waitrose around the corner would have been a better bet.

Overall ok if you just want a bed for the night.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed 1 night as we were young to a party. The room was fine and bathroom There were tea and coffe and biscuits. View over car park but we had a good nights sleep. Went to breakfast at 930 and it was chaos. Only one waiter for 12 tables all full or littered with dishes. Orders were mixed up. We waited to order. We cleared a table and asked for a cloth to wipe it. No mugs. Asked for some. Ordered breakfast It was ok but cold plate and some things lukewarm eg beans and mushrooms cold. I would stay again but they need to sort out Sunday mOrning breakfast. Apparently the staff have told the management but nothing has happened. We would do a 5 out of 5 otherwise

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

This hotel really does need a full and thorough refurbishment. The rooms are not particularly clean and most certainly their hoover needs repairing. The bathroom smelt of wet floorboards and both the sink and the bath had previous guests hairs. The beds really are old and poor quality and the mattresses are very cheap and nasty. When you sit on them you literally sink to the floor. I skipped breakfast because if the room wasn't clean then what would the kitchen be like??? Expensive for what you get. May be when the building next door is no longer a building site with a JCB next to my room then it may improve the ambience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

We stayed at The Pennyfarthing as we were attending a wedding at Berkhamsted Town Hall. We arrived early and were able to check in before 2 pm. The friendly welcome immediately relaxed us. The hotel car park is secure with a barrier which is useful as the hotel is located in Berkhamsted High Street. The room was large and clean. Breakfast was very good and freshly cooked which makes a change from the "hot" buffet larger hotel chains offer. We enjoyed our one night stay and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

We stayed at the Pennyfarthing for one night, needing something within walking distance of the train station. I would rate it highly for a comfortable stay.
Our room was very attactive (pretty, contemporary furnishings, moden bath) and had all the amenities I expect for such a stay -really comfortable bed, nice linens, two slightly different pillows (one firmer, one softer- a nice touch), tea kettle and makings, hairdryer, great shower and toiletries. Very good TV, too. It also had a few extra touches, like a trouser press and an iron in the closet. And unlike some much fancier hotels I have visited, the WiFi was free and had a good strong connection.
Breakfast in the morning was excellent. Plenty of help-yourself cereals, fruit, yogurts etc. and a nice menu of hot choices cooked to order. I had fried egg and bacon, cooked just right by the friendly woman on duty. I will add that she saved us quite a bit of money on our train fare the next day by giving us good advice for a more economical route to reach Kew Gardens, much appreciated and completely accurate, as it turned out.
I give the Pennyfarthing a very high review, not because it is the swankiest or most luxurious hotel I have ever stayed in, but because for a small hotel, it fulfilled all our expectations, with cleanliness, amenities and friendliness in abundance.
Berkhampsted looked lovely, several attractive restaurants right around the corner, nice High Street we didn't have time to explore, and a lovely canal through the town with canalboats active on it, and a canal-side path looking like it would be a beautiful country walk... if you didn't have to be catching the next train like we did. Train station was about a four minute walk away.

Room Tip: We asked for a quiet room, and were given a room furthest away from the main street -and yes, it was...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

I did an overnighter here while attending a function. The service was excellent and very friendly. Room very nice, clean and quiet, with all the bits and bobs you need (tea, coffee good tv etc). Breakfast was excellent, being freshly cooked by a lovely welcoming lady in front of you. The only downside is that the breakfast room is rather spartan and echo-y.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

I stayed at Pennyfarthing when my first choice hotel was full over xmas. I thought that I had stepped into an old persons bedroom! The decor was in need of bringing into this millenium. In saying that, the bed was comfortable and clean.

I thought it was expensive for the location and facilities. There is no bar or restaurant for evening meals. They are attached to a Cafe Rouge but you cannot charge anything to your room, not ideal for the business traveller.

There is a breakfast room which distinctly lacks character. You can hear a pin drop as there is no TV or radio being played. Staff were friendly and service good at breakfast but needs something to bring the whole place to life.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Penny Farthing Hotel

Address: 296-298 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 1AH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > Berkhamsted
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Berkhamsted
Price Range: £87 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Penny Farthing Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Penny Farthing hotel is nestled in the market town of Berkhamsted, providing stylish, comfortable rooms perfect for a business or leisure stay. Our sister hotel just down the road, the Kings Arms, is available for fantastic food and drink during your stay. ... more   less 
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