Cotswolds, United Kingdom

No 38 The Park

Rates from (ex tax)$108.18

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 (GBP100.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Boldly British

Setting

Revamped Regency townhouse

Boutique hotel No. 38 The Park is a beautiful Regency townhouse with the perfect ratio of refurbished antique and bold modern decor. In rooms, you’ll find everything from African jewellery displays to modern British artworkand working roll-top bath tubs. There’s also an impressive breakfast spread and a Gatsby-esque honesty bar. We’ll take two please.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

One bottle of 100 Acre body wash to take home

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

13

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Luggage storage is available for early arrivals and later departures.

Rates

Double rooms from $108.18 (£83), 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 (GBP100.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast and Bloody Marys or Buck’s Fizz; cooked breakfast is an additional charge (from £5 for à la carte or £14 for a Full English). Room rates also include a taxi to No.131 for guests dining there.

Also

Indulge in an in-room organic 100 Acres spa treatment; just ask for details on arrival.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, free on-site parking. In rooms: Apple TV, Bose iPod dock, WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine and 100 Acres bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are individually decorated, have beds bedecked with Three Thieving Magpies throws, and artworks by British artists, including David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake and Roni Stretch. Book an Excellent Room to guarantee one of the impressively refurbished bath tubs; we’re especially partial to the free-standing tin number in Room 7.

Packing tips

Bring richly-hued wellies to match the pops of colour inside and cosy jumpers that transition effortlessly from park walks to evening drinks by the fire.

Also

There’s an honesty bar by the breakfast room with an assortment of whiskies, champagnes, spirits, and locally produced ciders and ales.

Pet‐friendly

For £10 a night, your canine companion is welcome – Fido will even get a few treats. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

Welcome; baby cots are supplied free, and folding Z beds can be arranged for £25 for under-12s. Babysitting is available for £12 an hour, for bookings of at least four hours.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab a green bench seat by the folding glass doors to catch the morning sun.

Dress Code

Channel updated country looks if you’d like, or make yourself at home: no one will bat an eyelid if you came down for breakfast in your slippers, so long as you don’t take a page from the Emperor’s New Clothes with your other sartorial choices.

Hotel restaurant

The beautiful breakfast room has a beamed ceiling, original Czech railway mirrors on the wall and floods of light, thanks to skylights and folding glass doors. Industrial-tinged lamps hang over the rustic wooden table, which holds the Continental buffet spread. Favourite morning hot dishes are available to order, and there’s a ‘pharmacy’ jar with an assortment of hangover cures by the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Courageous types should try the devilled kidneys on toast with their creatively concocted Bloody Mary. There’s also a small private dining room with a beautiful fireplace; it’s particularly delightful on blustery days. 

Hotel bar

The retro-vibe bar area is part of the restaurant; it’s lit by refurbished factory pendant lamps and has and deep red diner-style swivel bar stools. At breakfast you’ll find both the Monmouth coffee and DIY Bloody Mary ingredients laid out on the buffet table.

Last orders

Early risers rejoice: breakfast is available from 7am to 10am.

Room service

Just ask if you fancy breakfast in bed.

Location

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Address
No 38 The Park
No 38 The Park, 38 Evesham Road,
Cheltenham
GL52 2AH
Cheltenham
United Kingdom

Planes

From Bristol Airport it’s two hours by car to the hotel; arrange a transfer for two people for £80 each way. Heathrow International Airport is also two hours away; transfers for two cost £85.

Trains

Trains from London, Manchester, Bristol and Bath pull into Cheltenham Spa , five kilometres from the hotel. Arrange a transfer or grab a taxi at the station for under £10.

Automobiles

Guests exploring the Cotswolds by car can park at the front of the hotel for free.

Worth getting out of bed for

Cheltenham Racecourse is only a few furlongs down the road; don your fanciest fanscinators and dandiest top hats for a day at the races. If you prefer a slower pace, Pittville Park is practically on the hotel’s doorstep. For an idyllic afternoon, take your beau or belle rowing on the lake. Admire local modern art at the Wilson Gallery on Clarence Street, or catch a concert or comedy show at Cheltenham Town Hall

Local restaurants

Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning The Tavern (+44 (0)1242 221212) on Royal Well Place follows a ‘nose to tail’ philsophy, using locally sourced ingredients in everything from small plates to sharing dishes. It also has a wide range of craft beers, cocktails and wines from across the world to go with the modern British fare. It’s not exactly a looker from the outside, but Le Champignon Sauvage (+44(0) 1242 573449) on Suffolk Road is the long-standing favourite for French cuisine in Cheltenham. It’s helmed by award-winning chef David Everitt-Matthias, has a seasonally changing menu and does not allow visible phones. Prithvi (+44 (0)1242 226229, 37 Bath Road) serves up seasonal and beautifully presented modern Indian fare; save room for desserts such as the cardamom-infused doughnuts with pistachio kulfi. Meat-loving Smiths can get their protein fix at The Ox (+44 (0)1242 234779 10 Cambray Place), where it’s all about the steak, ribs and charcuterie sharing boads. Start with a gin-based Silver Bullet apéritif and choose from the red-heavy wine list for your meal. For British dinners with a twist, book a table at Lumière on Clarence Parade; its kitchen is run by Blumenthal-trained, Somerset-born Jon Howe.

Local cafés

On cool days, grab a take-away coffee at the Scandinavian Coffee Pod on St George’s Place before heading into the park, or sit, sip and chat inside family-run Moka (+44 (0)1242 263646) on Suffolk Parade. In warmer weather, go for a cone of seasonal gelato or sorbet from Milkbar (+44 (0)1242 228896) by Cheltenham Town Hall. Next door, Swallow Bakery has coffee, cakes and light bites.

Local bars

For a classic Cotswolds pub experience, complete with garden seating, pull up a chair and order a round at the Beehive (+44 (0)1242 702270 1–3 Montpellier Villas). Have a dram or two of whisky, or a few glasses of wine if that’s more your style, at John Gordons (+44 (0)1242 245985 11 Montpellier Arcade) whisky and wine bar. Book ahead if you want to take part in a guided tasting.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

As soon as you arrive at boutique hotel No. 38 the Park in leafy, gracious Cheltenham, you know you’re never going to want to leave. From the sweeping staircase in the hallway, to the comfy sofas in the lounge, strong edit of coffee-table magazines, and – when we visit – classic Christmas decorations draped around the fireplace, it all just feels… well, lovely. The thing that really strikes me is that No. 38 doesn’t feel like a hotel at all; it feels like a home. Not necessarily my home (if only), but a wealthy aunt’s perhaps — one with impeccable taste. She’s a great host and I truly do feel like she’s thrilled I’m here to visit.

My partner and I arrive at No. 38 late on Thursday after a slow journey from rush hour-riddled London. Once we’re inside though, the hotel’s warm and buzzing — a Christmas party is taking place in the dining room — and instantly, I’ve forgotten about the drive. There’s no check-in desk per se, but a cabinet in the lounge with bits and pieces that do the trick. I like the informality here. For regular travellers, it’s sure to be refreshing. We’re shown around the ground floor, which is comprised of a large lounge, dining room, kitchen, conservatory and a well-stocked honesty bar (perfect for a nightcap later), before being led upstairs to our room.

At first I’m confused as we’re ushered to one of several open doors on the landing. I assume this is perhaps where the tour continues, but in fact, this beautiful suite, complete with a bath tub at the foot of the bed, is our home for the weekend! In my head I’m doing my happy dance.

I skip around the room in glee, then do the same in the bathroom, in which there is actually room to dance… Host a disco, even. We’ve got his and hers sinks and his and hers showers. So over-indulgent, but I have zero complaints. The honeycomb-shaped tiles on the floor and emerald tiles lining the walls make it Pinterest gold, and I’m busy taking visual notes to add to my dream bathroom wishlist.

I’m not even that big on taking baths, but the novelty of having one in the bedroom turns me into a super-fan. Before long, I’m knee deep in bubbles while Mr Smith watches Sky Sports on the TV. It’s s paradise for us both, and it’s just a bonus that it happens to be contained within the same room.

We miss last orders at No. 131, The Park’s off-site sister restaurant, which is a pain – but we settle for a quick dinner at the local Thai. We don’t mind, more time in the room is only a bonus, especially when there’s that pour-yourself-a-nightcap honesty bar downstairs. However, it’s worth noting that No. 131 aren’t hesitant to close the kitchen a little early if it’s quiet, so be sure to book ahead.

When we wake up the next morning our requested tray of croissants and orange juice is waiting outside our door. What a treat! A pre-breakfast breakfast which, for someone who likes a lie-in, but also snacks, is completely perfect. Not long after, breakfast in the dining room doesn’t disappoint. There are the most wonderful pistachio pastries, as well as cheeses, hams, fruit and even a Bloody Mary station. From the hot menu, order eggs, if just to witness the brightest yellow yolks.

Later, we trundle into Cheltenham town (a mere 10-minute walk away) and return to accidently snooze in the lounge. Whoops! But that’s how homely we’re talking… It’s all just so relaxing.

One of my favourite things though, possibly the simplest of all, is that all the doors to the vacant bedrooms are deliberately left open. This not only satisfies a Nosy Parker like me, who wants to see not just my room but everyone else’s, but really makes No. 38 feel like a home over a hotel.

When it finally comes to checking out, we’re reluctant, but paying up is a quick, simple job and we’re packed on our way with bottled water and snacks — it really is like we’re at my Aunt’s house...

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 No 38 The Park ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Really good attention to detail, nice little touches and very good staff.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Apr 2017

We loved

I have just arrived home from a weekend at No 38, and I miss it already. Sure, part of that could be due to the fact that my room is about a sixth of the size of the stunning Room 1, but most of all it's because of the amazing service we experienced. The weekend was a surprise for my boyfriend and from the moment we entered the hotel, every member of staff made it feel very special. The room was literally breath-taking, the bar was perfect, and the breakfast was amazing. The turn down service, ugh, so good. and the little leaving goodie bag. Honestly, I can't thank you guys enough. In a nutshell, this stay was worth every penny and more. I will recommend it to everyone i know and hope to be back myself one day not too far away. Definitely try to hire a car and visit all the amazing villages in the Cotswolds. I thought the Upper and Lower Slaughters were particularly amazing and had a lot fewer tourists. Also try and book into The Wild Rabbit for lunch. SO good. Thank you so much for helping make my boyfriend's birthday surprise so amazing.

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Stayed on 24 Mar 2017

We loved

The welcome, the room, the ambience, the attention to detail, the location.

Don’t expect

A restaurant or manned bar.

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Stayed on 12 Mar 2017

We loved

The quirky decor, helpful staff and complimentary taxi to the restaurant for our evening meal. The Tavern, a sister restaurant, was a posh burger place! The cocktails were sublime and the food very tasty!

Don’t expect

Cheap minibar or to be cold! The hotel is super-warm!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Feb 2017

We loved

Attention to detail and comfort, very friendly, super staff. Go to the Chapel Spa for a massage and lunch, Number 131 for dinner.

Don’t expect

Rather dim lighting, not much storage space for cases and clothes.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Feb 2017

We loved

The hotel and staff were fantastic - decor was beautiful and comfortable - rooms very large and attention to detail was wonderful. Loved the books and magazine selection. Staff were on hand if you needed them and attentive but in a wonderfully quiet and discreet manner. They organised a taxi to the restaurant and made local reservations. Pet friendly with dogs regularly around which was nice. Very relaxed and informal - loved the honesty bar which you could access any time and the hot chocolate and cookies waiting for you when you arrive back after dinner. Very thoughtful. We look forward to our next visit! No. 131 and The Ox had excellent food and service.

Don’t expect

A restaurant on site. Large outdoor space.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jan 2017

We loved

The ambience, the styling and individuality of each room. The personal touch. The hotel is walking distance to the Centre of Cheltenham.

Don’t expect

A bar and restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Nov 2016

We loved

Honesty bar, decor, the excellent service from staff.

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Stayed on 26 Oct 2016

We loved

The amazing space in Room 1 with huge double walk-in showers and slipper bath. The in-room technology was a real bonus with an iPad mini that controls the TV, Sky box and Apple TV and separate Sonos speakers in the bedroom and bathroom. Oh, and the TV lifts up out of the bed when you turn it on and goes back when off! Really excellent, friendly service with little complimentary snacks left for you at night and in the morning. Wilson Art gallery has a modern art exhibition on at the moment with a collection of well known artists and local aspects. The museum part is quite interesting especially if you like the Arts and Crafts movement. Had nice meals in the Wild Beer Co and No131 (with complimentary taxi from the hotel).

Don’t expect

...Lots of parking spaces - but it all seems to work out anyway!

Rating

Stayed on 24 Oct 2016

We loved

The Decor of the Hotel in general with incredible rooms and very personal service. Spice Lodge on Montpellier Drive is an excellent Indian restaurant with wonderful decor and service.

Don’t expect

...All the amenities of a large hotel.

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Stayed on 23 Oct 2016

We loved

General feel, appearance and atmosphere of the house. Pittville Park is close by and good for a walk/row if you fancy burning a few calories.

Don’t expect

Too much surrounding the hotel.

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Stayed on 12 Aug 2016

We loved

The cool interiors, super comfortable beds, all the little touches in the rooms, delicious breakfasts and little surprises here and there. We went to their sister property No131 for supper - great food and atmosphere, only a 20 minute walk away. The next night we went into the countryside and stayed at another beautiful Smith hotel - perfect escape: a bit of town and a bit of country. 

Don’t expect

To be disappointed

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Stayed on 27 Jul 2016

We loved

Comfortable room, beautiful decor

Don’t expect

Restaurant, central location

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Stayed on 8 Jul 2016