Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Kings Head Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$111.57

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP104.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Crown of the town

Setting

Cobbled market square

On the site of a Roman ruin, and once owned by an Elizabethan baliff, The Kings Head hotel is at the heart of the charming Cotswolds market town of Cirencester. Original features of this 450-year-old building have been carefully preserved, from the bare walls and beams to the glass floor over a Roman mosaic, but the interiors offer a subtley colourful take on contemporary country cool.  

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Facilities

Photos Kings Head Hotel facilities

Need to know

Rooms

45, including 18 suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $111.57 (£87), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP104.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (£9 each for Continental breakfast; £17.50 for a full English).

Also

Keep your eyes peeled as you walk up the wrought iron stairs to your room – the eponymous King is featured on the bannisters and, as you climb from floor to floor, he grows from a toddler, to a middle-ager (complete with bald pate) and finally to an old man.

At the hotel

Spa, lounge, gym, meeting rooms, free WiFi throughout. In the rooms: Flatscreen TV (which converts into a computer), air-conditioning, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making kit, mini fridge (with free milk and mineral water), White Company (Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms) or Elemis (Feature and Indulgent rooms) bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All the rooms have light, muted colours, super-soft beds and ensuite bathrooms. The Feature rooms are each individually styled to show off the Georgian, Tudor and even medieval elements of the building; some have bare beams or exposed, centuries-old brickwork. Go for a Superior room if you're travelling with little ones; 119 is a particularly good choice, and the hotel has three sets of interconnecting rooms. Room 219 is one of the hotel's most individual: it's brightly decorated in tartan, and has a conservatory-style roof. But our favourites are the Indulgent rooms: 101 is huge, with a pencil four-poster and a freestanding bath tub in the ensuite; 103 has a copper bath tub on a wooden floor next to the bed.

Spa

Down in the vast vaulted basement is the Spa, with four treatment rooms, a relaxation room, sauna, steam room, hot tub and experience shower. The experience you have is up to you, of course (though we highly recommend a massage for two in the couples' room). Treatments include massages and aromatherapy, with mother-and-daughter packages and treatments designed for those aged 12-16. Products are Monu Natural Skin Care. A two-hour session in the spa's Thermal Suite – the hot tub, steam room, infrared sauna, experience shower with a variety of jets and heated relaxation area – is £10 a person for guests (free for guests who have booked treatments), and pre-booking is essential.

Packing tips

Bring your casual clobber for muddy walks in the country (don't forget your waterproofs to stand up to the British weather). A dash of tweed wouldn't be out of place.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are accepted in all room types (excluding Indulgent) for £20 a night, and are welcome in the lounge/bar (where bowls are provided), but not the restaurant. Dogs larger than a labrador/retriever unfortunately cannot be accommodated. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

Under-12s can stay in cots (£15 a night) and extra beds (£30 a night) on request in Superior and Deluxe rooms (some Feature rooms can accommodate extra beds, but you'll need to book well in advance). High chairs are available in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

Photos Kings Head Hotel food and drink

Top Table

For the best of the action, head towards the back, near the open kitchen. If you've got a four-legged Smith with you, ask for a table in the bar, where an extensive menu is served.

Dress Code

Smart country pub. A T-shirt wouldn't be scorned, but neither would a tweed blazer.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel's restaurant is a homey-yet-modern space serving up British food with a contemporary twist; as much as possible is locally sourced, and the open kitchen lets you see your chef at work. The dark wood interior, dim lighting and simple wooden furniture give a smartly cosy pub feel, and Laurie Plant artwork adorns the walls. The menu is in keeping with the decor, with chargrilled squid, exquisitely juicy grilled chicken, plus slickly done burgers, steaks and chunky chips. For afters, the caramel fondant is a must-try, and those without a sweet tooth will jump at the chance to peruse the enormous cheese board in the middle of the room.

Hotel bar

The backlit bar is a destination in its own right, pulling in thirsty Cirencesterians in search of well-mixed cocktails. It's the first thing you see on entering the hotel and feels like a more grown-up space, with leather sofas for two and elaborate booze concoctions. Go for a G&T mixed with a spirit from the hotel's extensive gin collection and a flavoured Fevertree tonic water – we like the elderflower one. Dogs are allowed here (but not in the restaurant), and there's a generous menu of burgers, sandwiches and other treats to pick at. With a nod to the town's history as a centre of the yarn trade, colourful bobbins of thread are mounted on the wall, and bare brick and flagstone tiles give a hard edge to the cosy chic.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 9.30pm.

Room service

Breakfast (7am–11am) and light bites and mains such as pot pie, risotto, burgers and steak (12pm–2.30pm; 6.30pm–9pm) are available in your room; sandwiches (we recommend the coronation chicken) are can delivered round the clock.

Location

Photos Kings Head Hotel location
Address
Kings Head Hotel
24 Market Place, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2NR
Cirencester
GL7 2NR
Cirencester
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Bristol (www.bristolairport.co.uk), which serves the UK and more than 100 European destinations. It's about 50 miles southwest of Cirencester. For further flung places, Heathrow is around 90 miles east.

Trains

Kemble is the nearest station, and a 10 minute (four-mile) drive away. It is served by First Great Western trains for destinations from London Paddington to the West Country.

Automobiles

There is a dropping-off space at the front of the hotel, and a pay and display car park at Market Place (free from 6pm to 8am) next to the hotel. Alternatively, stow your wheels at the Waterloo car park a few minutes' walk from the hotel (£6.50 for a 24-hour stay) or the Forum car park (free after 3pm, maximum 4 hour-stay). If driving from the north or west, exit M5 at junction 11a, on to A417, then A429. From the south and east: exit M4 junction 15 to A419, then A429.

Worth getting out of bed for

This is the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, and a fine base for muddy exploration of the rolling hills nearby. The Bathurst Estate is a five-minute walk away, and a good place to start for a leisurely stroll; owned by the Earl and Countess of the same name, its mix of long, straight paths and wild foliage make it a favourite with dog walkers. Just around the corner from the hotel, Black Jack Street boasts a clutch of traditional shops, including Keith’s (+44 (0) 1285 654717) – good for home-made jam – and Jesse Smith, the town’s favourite butcher. Along the same road is the Corinium Museum, a treasure trove of Roman history, and there are regular Saturday morning farmers' markets on the square in front of the hotel. Further afield, the ridiculously pretty village of Castle Combe (used in filming of War Horse) is a 40-minute drive to the southwest. The Coln Valley, to the northeast of town, has a series of equally beautiful villages strung out along the River Coln, with the nearest about a 15-minute drive from the hotel. For those who fancy a flutter on a filly there is racing at Cheltenham and curious monarchists, eager gardeners, amatuer historians or fans of Georgian architecture might like to potter around Highgrove House, home to Prince Charles and his Duchy Home Farm (open in Spring and Summer). 

Local restaurants

Just around the corner from the hotel, Food Made by Bob (+44 (0)1285 641 818) is a justly popular deli in the newly refurbished Corn Hall. It does a good line in modern British food with European flourishes, under the guiding hand of Bob Parkinson, former head chef at Bibendum in London. Jesse's Bistro on Black Jack Street is the sister restaurant to the butcher of the same name; as you'd expect, the meat is top-notch. For elaborate, two-starred Michelin munching, the Dining Room at Whatley Manor is a 20-odd-minute drive out of town. 

Local bars

Cirencester is more about cosy pubs than swanky wine bars, and among the best are close to the hotel. Head to The Black Horse to prop up the bar with locals supping pints, or The Bear for a cosy, gastropub-style atmosphere (with a menu to match).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

This is a hotel that wears its history comfortably, but never lets it weigh the place down. The Romans set up home in the neighbourhood, attracted by the location and the thriving wool trade, and put the locals to work building neat little roads on their way to conquering Wales. The Kings Head gives a nod to the past with a glass floor at reception that reveals a Roman mosaic a metre or so into the earth below. Colourful yarns and bobbins on the walls nod to the trade that continued long after the Roman Empire faded away. There has been a building here since around 1550, and it has housed an Elizabethan baliff, Georgian cockfights, and, fleetingly, a scarpering royalist, rousted by local supporters of parliament during the Civil War. It all gets a passing nod here, through architecture or decoration, but with enough calmly cosy modern flourishes to make this a very contemporary country stay.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Kings Head Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The cosy decor.

Don’t expect

Great service. It's not especially well run and the food is just ok, but the staff make up for it by being friendly and helpful.

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2017

We loved

The food.

Don’t expect

The fire door above, which banged everytime it opened. This kept us up until the early hours and again woke us early.

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Stayed on 3 Aug 2017

We loved

Everything about the room; really large space and very comfortable bed. Great idea to have a copper bath in it as well. 

Don’t expect

For us, breakfast wasn't the best experience. Our order was served incorrectly and took 20 minutes to arrive. Customer service on this front could be improved. 

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Stayed on 23 Jul 2017

We loved

Lobby/bar/friendliness/cleanliness.

Don’t expect

A better room for more money. My friend opted for a cheaper room than I did and her room was nicer and not much smaller.

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Stayed on 6 Jul 2017

We loved

The hotel interiors and great location right in the heart of Cirencester – the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds. The Bell at Sapperton for cozy gourmet pub grub and when you leave, have a snoop at some beautiful Cotswold homes in the village.

Don’t expect

Gourmet breakfasts. The buffet is a little lackluster, although saying that the eggs Benedict was delicious.

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Stayed on 27 May 2017

We loved

Everything. Great spaces, great service and a lovely spa to relax in. The restaurant served beautiful food and wine - great care and attention to detail was taken over every element. The best element was arguably the super kingsize bed in the room - like sleeping on a cloud.

Don’t expect

A party. This is the perfect getaway for peace and quiet and some true indulgence.

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Stayed on 18 Apr 2017

We loved

The hotel - it's beautiful - lovely rooms and facilities!

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Stayed on 10 Apr 2017

We loved

The room, the food and the staff. The market had some interesting stalls and there are some little gems of independent shops.

Don’t expect

Bad service as it was incredible!

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Stayed on 10 Mar 2017

We loved

Hotel features blending old and new. Upgrade, restaurant, fireside bar, and room presentation. Location in the market square was perfect for such a visit. Go to Made by Bob for deli food, brunch and restaurant. Xanadu for reclaimed furniture bargains, Food, drink and atmosphere in the hotel as good as anywhere else.

Don’t expect

Busy streets and lively nightlife......(ideal!)

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Stayed on 3 Mar 2017

We loved

The hotel and room decor. Luxury linen, amazing bathroom. First class food – dinner and breakfast. Lovely local shops. We arrived Sunday so it was limited otherwise great shopping.

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2017

We loved

The room, location of hotel helpful staff, good food.

Don’t expect

Parking a bit of an issue especially when we arrived early Saturday afternoon - no hotel parking, have to try and find 'pay and display' or car park in busy market town.

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Stayed on 18 Feb 2017

We loved

The hotel was beautifully designed, every last bit has been carefully appointed and well thought out. The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was very spacious! The Hare, just round the corner, is a great place to eat if you like BBQ. 

Don’t expect

Air conditioning, the rooms on the top floor get very warm!!!

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Stayed on 9 Feb 2017

We loved

Quiet, comfortable, large room.

Don’t expect

A selection of draughty ales.

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Stayed on 5 Feb 2017

We loved

Really loved the staff, attention to detail, the room, the food – what is there not to love about this place? We were on a winter warmer weekend and couldnt fault it. Cheers for the free Smith G&T! 

Don’t expect

...late night clubbing, but this place is still lively at midnight.

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Stayed on 28 Jan 2017

We loved

The room. Innovative reception area. No use of vinegar in the poached eggs.

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Stayed on 19 Jan 2017

We loved

Our room was outstanding!

Don’t expect

To park on site. Not good for draught beers.

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Stayed on 7 Jan 2017

We loved

We loved everything about the Kings Head hotel. It was situated right in the heart of Cirencester. Our room and the food was excellent and all the staff extremely friendly and helpful. Lots of lovely shops, cafes and small cosy pubs to have a drink and a bite to eat in.

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Stayed on 4 Dec 2016

We loved

Lovely Rooms. Helpful Staff. Fun Bar/ Foyer.

Don’t expect

Need to book spa ahead.

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Stayed on 19 Nov 2016

We loved

Great big room; lovely layout. Also the restaurant was also excellent. We went for an amazing walk in Bibury, a 15-minute drive away.

Don’t expect

...A big spa. It's a lovely little spa making the most of the space they have, but there is no pool to relax at. Breakfast was okay, but nothing out of this world. Limited options from the buffet was the main negative.

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Stayed on 11 Nov 2016

We loved

The laid-back bar. Also go to the Fleece Pub across the street.

Don’t expect

Can't think of anything!!

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Stayed on 30 Oct 2016

We loved

Lovely location right in the centre of Cirencester. Beautiful building and fab roof terrace.

Don’t expect

Scenic views - the room looked out over an air conditioning vent and the window wouldn't open. Breakfast disappointing and overpriced (gave up and went to Cote which was much better!) and service pleasant but vague and a little lacking in direction. No parking and nobody to carry bags to and from room.

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Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

Service and room, very happy with hotel and spa

Don’t expect

Likelihood of a good view from window, Free parking.

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Stayed on 24 Jul 2016

We loved

Throwing open the double doors to our room and the gin tray on arrival

Don’t expect

Parking

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Stayed on 20 Jul 2016

We loved

Big rooms, great roof terrace for drinks

Don’t expect

Cosy country pub hospitality

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Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

The excellent room, free G&T and hotel restaurant. 9/10

Don’t expect

Parking arrangements not good, municipal car parks quite a walk away.

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Stayed on 28 Jun 2016

We loved

The gin tray on arrival, and our room, which was very comfortable and well appointed with a beautifully spacious bathroom. Made By Bob is just next door and highly recommended - the food was fabulous (they are also open for dinner on Fridays).

Don’t expect

Consistent cooking from the kitchens (dinner was great, but breakfasts were poor) or polished service in the restaurant (lots of long waits, mistakes and omissions across the tables - the team seemed to lack leadership or co-ordination).

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Stayed on 3 Jun 2016

We loved

The rooms. Great park behind the church Fantastic walks in Michinhampton. Everywhere dog friendly

Don’t expect

Nightlife

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Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

The distance from London and town of Cirencester. 9/10

Don’t expect

A peacefully nights sleep - room too hot and air condition unit very loud. Rooms at back of hotel also noisy, thumping footsteps heard from rooms upstairs.

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Stayed on 21 May 2016

We loved

The staff were very helpful and friendly and the hotel was an extremely attractive boutique hotel in the centre of Cirencester. Great independent shopping choices, nice restaurant, Graze offers reasonably priced food. Excellent afternoon tea available at the Kings Head Hotel.

Don’t expect

Unfortunately room 211 which is comfortable, beautifully decorated and has an excellent bathroom, can be noisy at night if the kitchen extractor is left running!!

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

Great decor in the rooms and throughout the hotel, delicious dinner (get the cheese). We did a lovely circular walk between Coln St Aldwyns and Bibury (20 min drive away). 

Don’t expect

Service in the restaurant was a bit haphazard and didn't match high standards you would expect for a hotel that seemed to be doing everything else right

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Stayed on 16 Apr 2016

We loved

The interiors, the staff were really friendly and it is one of the most dog friendly places I have stayed (we brought our dog with us!), the spa is also lovely. 10/10

Don’t expect

The service in the restaurant was quite awkward and the combination of a slightly over the top head waiter and several staff who were obviously pretty new made for not the slickest service I have ever experienced, but it was still lovely.

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Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything about the entire trip was straight forward, the room was amazing, food was fantastic and customer service was excellent! Would recommend it to anyone, we had such a lovely time. Parking was easy and the town was lovely to walk around.

Don’t expect

Air conditioning was quite noisy.

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Stayed on 7 Apr 2016

We loved

The friendly staff, the room upgrade, the spa, the city centre location

Don’t expect

High quality restaurant food and service- think more gastro pub (a lot of meals had an extra charge on top of the B,BD package price) A luxury stay - a little over-priced for what it is.

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Stayed on 27 Mar 2016

We loved

The room decor. Great markets hidden away on the back streets of Cirencester.

Don’t expect

Country pub ambience - this is very much a hotel, although a nice one. The ventilation system was also quite loud at night and impossible to turn off.

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Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

The sofas in the bar area, the really comfy bed.

Don’t expect

Hectic nightlife. And if you want room service, order it early - on Sunday evening they were only serving basic sandwiches at 9.15pm.

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Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

I thought it was just ok

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

Nice central location, good service, great spa, dog friendly, and fresh clean rooms.

Don’t expect

Parking.

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Stayed on 22 Jan 2016

We loved

The location: right in the middle of Cirencester, which is a beautiful town with nice little restaurants and shops and Cirencester Park is just a short walk away to keep you active. A nice hotel and some good cocktails and food.

Don’t expect

Extremely slick boutique service. Its not bad, its just a bit forgetful at times.

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Stayed on 30 Dec 2015

We loved

Room had an old school style with a modern feel. Food in the restaurant was different but excellent.

Don’t expect

Restaurant service was slow when we were there, but a big party was in and good discount on the meal was offered immediately as compensation.

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Stayed on 25 Dec 2015

We loved

Fantastic one night winter break in Cirencester. Room was spacious and luxurious. Loved the period features that had been retained, like the beams. Fantastic service at the restaurant despite it being peak Christmas party season – mentioned it was my wife's 30th birthday and as a result we were treated like royalty. Very child friendly, travelled with a 3 year old who enjoyed it just as much as us.

Don’t expect

Showers and baths weren't on quite the same level as the rest of the room/building, but we didn't have any major issues. Long term parking is about 10min walk from the hotel.

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Stayed on 11 Dec 2015

We loved

Peace and quiet.

Don’t expect

To have wild nights clubbing nearby.

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Stayed on 5 Dec 2015

We loved

The room was gorgeous, beautifully furnished and very large!

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Stayed on 3 Dec 2015

We loved

The N'espresso coffee machine in the room, the cleanliness of the room, the size of the room.

Don’t expect

Total peace and quiet in the week for the time-being as there appears to be building work on adjacent to the hotel. Easy parking at the hotel, if they have a space in their car park to the rear (a five minute walk) it will cost £10 a night.

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Stayed on 19 Nov 2015

We loved

Our room, bed, and food!

Don’t expect

Cheap cocktails.

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Stayed on 15 Nov 2015

We loved

Great sized room, beatifully decorated, great bar downstairs.

Don’t expect

Quick service at breakfast!

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

The food and atmosphere

Don’t expect

Quiet spaces for chilling

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

Lovely chilled atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Wild nights.

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Stayed on 12 Nov 2015

We loved

The upgrade, the gin and tonic on arrival, the personal service, the comfortable rooms, the beautiful bathroom, the log fires, and the excellent restaurant.

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Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

The doggie friendliness of the place and the food, staff, decor and general vibe.

Don’t expect

The heating in the hotel was far too warm for us, which meant little sleep, but they fixed it eventually.

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Stayed on 5 Nov 2015

We loved

The spacious bedroom and the décor throughout the hotel

Don’t expect

Cheap drinks from the bar

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Stayed on 25 Oct 2015

We loved

Our indulgent room. There was so much space whilst retaining a homely feel. Decor was great.

Don’t expect

A large spa. However, the menu of treatments is good, therapists lovely and a perfect relaxtion room with water beds!

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Stayed on 22 Oct 2015

We loved

The food was fantastic as was the service and the welcome that we received. Everything was perfect. Cirencester is a great town to just go out and walk around.

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Stayed on 18 Oct 2015

We loved

The restaurant

Don’t expect

to take the kids

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Stayed on 16 Oct 2015

We loved

The decor, the size of the room, the size of the shower, the peace and quiet.

Don’t expect

Big dinner portions, pet-free rooms, wifi in all rooms.

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Stayed on 4 Oct 2015

We loved

Style, comfort, cleanliness and attention to client needs. Good food in the restaurant. Lots of good places to eat nearby. The Fleece is particularly good for an evening meal. Visit St John the Baptist Church, the Ampitheatre and a Roman villa at Chetworth. Cirencester is a little known gem.

Don’t expect

Don't expect a lot of storage space in the room. Lighting is very subdued. Parking us difficult but there is garage space which you can book and pay for.

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Stayed on 27 Sep 2015

We loved

Buzzy vibe in the hotel bar and restaurant. Nowhere else in Cirencester is as good as the hotel, genuinely.

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Stayed on 25 Sep 2015

We loved

The stylish room and enormous comfy bed.

Don’t expect

Lively night life.

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Stayed on 20 Sep 2015

We loved

The gorgeous reception rooms, luxurious and comfortable beds, rain show, size of the rooms and the little touches such as the tray of GT on arrival and plush robes. We were travelling with kids and they loved the rooms.

Don’t expect

A view. There was nothing to look at out my window.

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Stayed on 20 Sep 2015

We loved

The room was great, the breakfast and of course the spa facilities, just perfect.

Don’t expect

They had the aircondition on to cold when outside the temperature was 10 degrees.

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Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

The rooms with old architectural details, but that felt new modern. We also loved the hotel's Friday night acoustic music in the Vaulted Cellar Lounge. We loved our dinner there, and the personal attention to all of our needs. We also like the lively bar scene on the Fri, Sat nights we were there. My husband had a massage there, which fixed his sore back. Our son has peanut tree nut allergies, and was tended to beautifully at the restaurant. The Mr & Mrs Smith gin flight upon arrival was fantastic!

Don’t expect

Not sure what to tell you not to expect; the hotel met or exceeded all of our expectations!

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Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

We loved

Cool shabby chic decor, tasty and original menu, welcoming staff, acoustic live music in the vaults.

Don’t expect

A quiet Friday night. The bar gets very busy with locals and guests alike.

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Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

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