Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

The Crown

Rates from (ex tax)$111.02

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 (GBP100.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cosy country pub

Setting

Amersham market town

Set in the rural market town of Amersham, The Crown hotel is a classic British coaching inn surrounded by an inviting countryside of bounding hills and verdant valleys. Design guru Ilse Crawford has revamped the interiors to pair its rustic timber-framed features with a fresh contemporary feel. At the heart of the hotel is the pub-style restaurant with lots of juicy meats and fresh fish dishes to sink your teeth into. 

Smith Extra

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A bottle of house champagne on ice on arrival

Facilities

Photos The Crown facilities

Need to know

Rooms

38, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $111.02 (£84), 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 (GBP100.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include full English or Continental breakfast.

Also

There is a little garden area behind the hotel which is set up for croquet during the summer.

At the hotel

Courtyard, free WiFi throughout, free parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts radio, free bottled water, White Company bathroom products.

Our favourite rooms

The Ilse-Crawford-overhauled rooms in the main inn and courtyard are all pictures of peaceful, pared-down rusticity, with spotless white walls, Welsh wool blankets and rush matting. For a glimpse of the inn’s history, check into Room 12, where there’s a section of hand-painted and National Trust-protected wall dating back to 1550. We also like Room 5, which has a raised bathroom area up a little stairwell. Room 1 in the main inn is the only room with his ’n’ hers basins. Courtyard Suite 101 was featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral and 102 – one of the largest – has a dramatic four-poster beneath an imposing chandelier. The courtyard rooms all have claw-foot tubs in the bedrooms.

Spa

Release your cares and tensed-up shoulders at next door at Red house Spa with Swedish, reflexology and volcanic thermal stone massages, all of which use warmed botanic oils. This soothing spa also specialises in Guinot brand facials (we’d go for the deep marine purify option, or the personalised made to measure treatment), Margaret Dabbs mani-pedis and a range of beautifying treatments. There’s a menu of healthy drinks and light bites, and daily yoga classes too.

Packing tips

Wellies for countryside trudging; don’t worry about reading matter though, you’ll find a stash of Penguin classics in every room.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs small and large can stay in the Main Inn Superior and Deluxe rooms for £10 a night, but they aren't allowed in the restaurant. See more pet-friendly hotels in Buckinghamshire.

Children

Welcome. Cots can be provided for free and extra beds can be added to certain rooms for £20 a child, each night: call Smith24 to ensure you get a room with enough space. Dinky versions of adult meals and highchairs can be supplied in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

Photos The Crown food and drink

Top Table

In the summer, grab a table in the cobbled courtyard; in winter, cosy up by the fire.

Dress Code

Hiking socks and waterproofs (damp dogs discouraged).

Hotel restaurant

Hawkyns restaurant – helmed by twice Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar – is the beating heart of the Crown. The menus include a variety of mod-British classics like glazed pork belly, grilled rainbow trout and a reworked fish and chips. You may not spot the same specialities every time, as dishes are seasonal and sourced from local farms. However, the Sunday roast is a firm favourite with guests and locals alike – book an early seating to avoid disapointment as they sell out fast. 

Hotel bar

Mismatched chairs, chunky tables and woolly blankets dominate the bar at the heart of the Crown. It’s a place to quaff a pint of locally brewed Rebellion ale while nibbling from a bowl of spicy nuts and soothing ramble-weary limbs in front of the log fire.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7–10am (7.30–10.30am at weekends). Lunch is from 12pm–2.30 Mon–Thurs, 12pm–3 Fri–Sat and 12.30–4pm on Sun. Dinner is from 6.30–9.30pm Mon–Thurs (bar menu only on Mon), 6.30–10pm Fri–Sat and 5–9pm on Sun (bar menu only).

Room service

Breakfast is served from 7am – 10am (Mon – Fri) and 7.30am – 10.30am (weekends). The all-day menu is served from 11am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sat) and 11am – 9pm (Sun).

Location

Photos The Crown location
Address
The Crown
16 High Street
Amersham
HP7 0DH
Amersham
United Kingdom

Planes

Heathrow is the most convenient airport just 18 miles away. You can fly here from all over Europe and the UK, and regular flights from the States arrive daily. A taxi to the hotel should take around 35 minutes.

Trains

Chiltern Railways run directly from London Marylebone to Amersham in around 35 minutes. You can also hop on the Metropolitan Tube line, which takes around 50 minutes from Baker Street. Amersham station is just a mile from the hotel.

Automobiles

Taking your own set of wheels can be handy when exploring bucolic Buckinghamshire. The Crown is just five miles from the M25 and six from the M40. Drive times from London can vary, depending on your route. Traffic permitting, it should take a little over an hour.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Chilterns is pure rambler’s paradise, with dozens of scenic walking trails running from Amersham, Henley Marlow and the surrounds. If you prefer pavements to pastures, London is a half-hour Underground ride away. Disraeli’s country home, Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe makes an excellent day trip, with insights into Victorian stately life and lovely riverside parkland for picnicking. A short drive from Amersham, Cookham was a ‘village in heaven’ according to the famously religious British painter Sir Stanley Spencer, who was born and buried there and often featured scenes of the village in his paintings: see them at the Stanley Spencer Gallery.

Local restaurants

Amersham and its neighbouring villages are dotted with a selection of traditional alehouses and eateries serving up delicious fare. Artichoke in Market Square, has a menu full of Master Chef-worthy dishes made using free range and organic ingredients foraged from the region. 

Local cafés

Just down the road from the Crown, Seasons Café Deli, is a contender to the title of best coffee shop in the country – decide for yourself with a hot breakfast-brew.

Local bars

Just three miles outside Amersham in Winchmore Hill, The Potters Arms is a charmingly English country-pub offering a terrific selection of real ales to wet your whistle with, and they’ve got plenty of fab food to boot.

Reviews

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Andrew Wilson

Anonymous review

Old Amersham has a tranquilising effect. Stepping from beneath the shade of Parsonage Wood I was presented with the prettiest view of the market town, flanked by rising country pastures and cast in the sanctifying light of a blue-sky sunset. A whiskered man in tweed came strutting up the hill towards me, swinging a walking stick, whistling a jaunty tune and brandishing the most terrific set of sideburns ever seen on someone not at a terrific-sideburns convention. He gave me a genial grin and one of those sideways nod-cum-winks that only country folk can pull off, and then he tootled past into the woods. This all transpired within a few seconds but it shifted my mood from city-stress to country-calm in an instant.

A few moments earlier I’d been trudging through muddy woodlands cursing myself for taking directions to the hotel from a man who’d just fallen out of a pub, and for using an old roller suitcase that waited until I was completely surrounded by puddles before bursting open. I thought to myself ‘boutique-hotel reviewing isn’t supposed to be like this’ as I dolefully picked the dirt from my new Paul Smith shirt. But with my mood swiftly ameliorated and a pile of filthy clothes tucked under my arm, I set off with purposeful gait towards the Crown.

I’d hoped this trip to the Chilterns would deliver me from London’s din and gift me with a simple rural escape. Although Old Amersham is hooked onto the end of the Metropolitan line and so technically still a part of London, I was comforted with the realisation that a couple of days in Buckinghamshire would be a very pleasant alternative to a weekend in the city. The entrance to the Crown is just off a central courtyard; it was filled with tables of cheerful chaps and cordial ladies enjoying the last of the day’s light and glasses of chilled white wine. Hopping over the cat curled up on the cobbles, I stepped inside.

This 500-year-old property certainly looks well for its age. The unfussy interiors run counter to what you might expect from a boutique bolthole in the heart of the home counties, famously featured as the Lucky Boatman in Four Weddings. Twisted original oak beams, lattice windows and creaking floorboards bring an old-world warmth. At the end of the higgledy-piggledy coir-carpeted first-floor corridor, was my room. Big on character, it featured a sheepskin-covered rocking chair beneath the market-hall-facing window, a Roberts radio, a collection of English historical novels, and an antique stable-style door leading to the super-modern ensuite with a shower the size of a modestly proportioned barn.

Throwing my clump of clothes into the closet and booting (deservedly hard) my broken suitcase under the plush double bed, I took to the backroom snug for a pint of local brew and a browse of the pub menu. I resisted the more hearty offerings via a Caesar salad, knowing that when Mrs Smith turned up late the next afternoon I’d be gorging myself into a stupor on the Chop House’s renowned country tucker.

The next morning it was still sunny and conditions were perfect for an exploratory stroll through the Chiltern Hills – but not before breakfast. Now, buffets can present problems: I don’t do well with too much choice. When it comes to picking between a full English, freshly baked bread, slices of salmon, prosciutto, all kinds of cheese, juicy fresh fruit and a selection of crunchy cereals, I will invariably decide to have all of them which routinely renders me incapable of any and all physical movement for several hours. Were it not for the three cups of coffee, I’m not sure I would have got up from the chair.

After a quick change into elasticated shorts I donned my backpack and set off rambling. Roaming across low-cut fields, through tall-tree woods, over rickety stiles and past dozing cows brought me to the Red Lion Pub in Little Missenden where I repaired with an ice-cold frosty top and a small bite to eat. ‘Busy?’ I asked the landlady. ‘Swamped’ she said – in all seriousness from what I could tell. There were only two other people there and they were both asleep in their chairs. ‘This is more my speed,’ I thought as I found a spot in the garden, sat down, and fell asleep in my chair.

Back in town, I met Mrs Smith at the station and proceeded to energetically point out all the wonders of bucolic Buckinghamshire in a vein similar to a child showing his farther how his new bucket and spade works. After leading her through Parsonage Wood along the ‘shortcut I’d discovered’, telling her all about John McCririck winking at me, showing her my favourite view of Old Amersham and the puddle my shirt was in, we stopped by the Seasons Café Deli on the high street for a coffee-kick before setting off on more exploring. This time our rambles included walking along the River Misbourne, watching a local game of cricket, me explaining how cricket works, me admitting I have no idea how cricket works, skipping, climbing trees and chasing sheep. The coffee at Seasons Café Deli is excellent!

We decided it was only right that we cap off a day this enjoyable with a meal from head chef extraordinaire, Will Hughes, at the Chop House restaurant. His menu makes artwork out of simple rustic grub – I can say with some certainty that his veal chop and turnip gratin will produce an almost emotional reaction in anyone who eats it. After polishing off a couple of carafes of Citta dei Ponti we retired fully sated and certain of a future return. The next morning I was no more abstemious at the breakfast buffet, before we headed back towards the station whistling a jaunty tune and nod-winking at anyone who cared to look our way. That, ladies and gents, is the Old Amersham effect.
 

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 The Crown’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The surprise room upgrade, great situation in Amersham Old Town, and the friendly, helpful service.

Don’t expect

To find the car park easily; wardrobes or even hangers.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Oct 2017

We loved

The room was very nicely done and the free bottle of bubbly was a real treat. We had an amazing dinner at the Hawkyns restaurant and the surrounding countryside is great for walking.

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Stayed on 23 Sep 2017

We loved

The old inn ambience, the location, the great friendly welcome and of course the Mr & Mrs Smith extras – always a treat, thank you.

Don’t expect

Contemporary modern luxury, this is a wonderful English inn at its best.

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Stayed on 30 Aug 2017

We loved

The Courtyard suite 101 and the Smith extra.

Don’t expect

Lively evenings! The restaurant was incredibly quiet and we didn't feel it was up to the quality of Atul Kochhar's other restaurants.

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Stayed on 28 Aug 2017

We loved

The hotel's design. Old Amersham town is beautiful with lots of pubs and cafés. The Elephant and Castle is a cute pub for a drink or bite to eat. You can venture through the town in half a day, so if you have a car, it's worth driving to surrounding villages like Wendover, Great Missenden or Beaconsfield. 

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Stayed on 28 Aug 2017

We loved

The location – Amersham is lovely for a short break. There are great walks on your doorstep. 

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Stayed on 24 Aug 2017

We loved

The service which was really great. Really comfortable bed and great shower.

Don’t expect

A bath or to be able to stand up straight – we both hit our heads on the sloping ceiling! There were a couple of niggles e.g. the bathroom bin hadn't been emptied and there was a stain on the wall which looked like coffee had been thrown at it!

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Stayed on 22 Aug 2017

We loved

The traditional theme of the room was really nice, with the four poster bed, the bath, and the wooden beams. The staff were all really helpful and friendly and the free extras were good too.

Don’t expect

Carpets in the courtyard. A lot of local options for good food.

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Stayed on 20 Aug 2017

We loved

Good quality breakfast.

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Stayed on 18 Aug 2017

We loved

The stylish room, comfy bed and delicious Hawkyns restaurant serving British classics with an Asian twist. Recommend the coffee at Twelve Twenty cafe; beautiful walks nearby.

Don’t expect

The breakfast was a bit of a miss – poor quality meats, which is disappointing given the abundance of local suppliers. There were a few hiccups with the room as it was newly built – there was a glaring hallway light shining under the doorway all night and the shower kept going cold.

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Stayed on 18 Aug 2017

We loved

We had such a warm welcome. The hotel is right in the middle of town so it's very easy to get around; it's also easy to access the car park. Breakfast in bed was accommodated for and the bed was very comfy.

Don’t expect

It's minimalist in decor. If you are there on a Sunday night the restaurant is not open although they offer bar snacks. The Swan up the road is open for dinner though.

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Stayed on 13 Aug 2017

We loved

The tasting menu at the restaurant. The decor. The location.

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Stayed on 4 Aug 2017

We loved

The room (106) was wonderful (especially at 50 off!). It was arge, had a beautiful view of the church spires, and was quiet. Hawkyns restaurant was also great (though make sure you book in advance). Amersham is a pretty little village and there are some great walks right on the door step.

Don’t expect

Breakfast was disappointing – the buffet seemed to barely be restocked and one tiny bowl of yoghurt for all the guests! Staff were pretty clueless and there didn't seem to be any "adults" managing it. On the first morning we were served a latte, by the second we were told "they don't serve individual coffees until midday". Bizarre. Other eating options outside of Hawkyns are reasonably limited if you haven't booked in advance. Reception recommended Prezzo to us which wasn't really what we had in mind. Tried the Kings Head which we found very disappointing.

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Stayed on 4 Aug 2017

We loved

The beautiful location.

Don’t expect

Top quality linens or restaurant service.

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Stayed on 29 Jul 2017

We loved

The bottle of champagne on arrival. Very friendly staff, good breakfast.

Don’t expect

Very noisy if you're given a room at the front of hotel. It's also uncomfortable if the weather is very hot.

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Stayed on 17 Jul 2017

We loved

Everything about the hotel.

Don’t expect

Lively evenings.

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Stayed on 27 May 2017

We loved

The hotel, service, attitude of staff, room.

Don’t expect

Room service.

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Stayed on 28 Apr 2017

We loved

The Crown Inn is like visiting your home in the country. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and the Inn itself is so cozy. When it is cold outside, they light the fire in the bar and next to reception, which is absolute heaven. It is my second visit and I look forward to going back. Old Amersham is on your doorstep so you can choose to take a lovely walk along the high street, the gardens and the river, or you can choose to take a long walk in the middle of nature (minutes away on foot). I had planned on staying two nights, but extended it to three as I did not want to leave! There are loads of boutiques on the high street, including Iris, Chattertons and Cecilia Quinn, as well as several cafés and places to eat. I loved the Seasons Cafe down the street, which is worth visiting for the Irish ice cream alone. The Kings Arms (the sister hotel down the street) is wonderful as well. I highly recommend the Eton Mess there! It is even older than the Crown and also has an inviting and cozy atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Don't expect complete silence. It is an old inn after all, and that is what is so special about it.

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Stayed on 18 Apr 2017

We loved

The pictures do not do the rooms justice. We stayed in Courtyard Suite 103 and it was beautiful! The White Company products were a nice touch and the bed was HUGE! Perfectly quiet, relaxing getaway. The spa was nice albeit a little "corporate" for such a boutique style hotel. We ate at the Kings Head one evening and the food was wonderful.

Don’t expect

Late nights or party vibes. This is a sleepy little hamlet.

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2017

We loved

The simple 'hygge' style room and the enormous bed! The customer service was pretty spot on as was the delicious food at the Hawkyn's restaurant downstairs. We picked up a leaflet on walks in the local area - we highly recommend a wander around the surrounding countryside on foot, ending your day in one of the local pubs or restaurants.

Don’t expect

Anywhere to lounge properly in communal areas / foyer.

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Stayed on 17 Mar 2017

We loved

Nicely furnished rooms and generous amenity tray. If you can afford it (and you probably can if you're staying in the Crown's more expensive rooms) eat in the Artichoke over the road. 

Don’t expect

....any sort of organised service from the frankly dopey staff at breakfast (but the cooked food itself is good).

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Stayed on 10 Mar 2017

We loved

Lovely old Coaching Hotel with plenty of beams, full of character and charm. Up there with the very best. Excellent and efficient staff, especially on reception. Wonderful breakfast, absolutely first-class. Our room was spotlessly clean. You couldn't ask for more. Very highly recommended. Amersham Old Town is a lovely place with beautiful old buildings, nice shops, great choice of pubs and places to eat out, all within easy walking distance. Wonderful.

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Stayed on 9 Mar 2017

We loved

The food and Smith extras.

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Stayed on 4 Mar 2017

We loved

The cosy feel, characterful old buildings and lovely courtyard. Dinner in the restaurant was also delicious (we were not surprised at how busy it was!). Great base to explore the Chilterns.

Don’t expect

We stayed in the main building for some old world charm, but our room didn't really live up to the decor promised. I'm sure other parts of the inn might be lovely, but clearly not all of it.

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Stayed on 4 Feb 2017

We loved

Room 101 - Unbelievably romantic and beautifully designed. You must try the Season's cafe deli - delicious brunches and really relaxed feel.

Don’t expect

...massive relaxed seating area inside the main building - what is there is lovely none the less.

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2016

We loved

The very charming room and the pub downstairs. The staff are great and there is plenty of scope for a country walk.

Don’t expect

Glamour.

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Stayed on 19 Nov 2016

We loved

The location – in a beautiful town in the middle of the high street within walking distance of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The room – pay the extra for a courtyard room which is set on two floors. The complimentary items – daily newspaper, half bottle of red wine, nibbles, white company toiletries. The breakfast – extensive choice, beautifully presented and scrummy. The spa – truly relaxing massage in a modern setting. Go to The Eagle, a traditional pub serving excellent value Thai food. Alternatively head to The Grocer, an upmarket cafe serving light lunches and fabulous cakes, or The Artichoke, a top quality restaurant with faultless food and service.

Don’t expect

Activities or entertainment – this is a peaceful, relaxing hotel and perfect for a romantic getaway.

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Stayed on 4 Nov 2016

We loved

The preserved historic wall in Room 12, and the staff - they were all fabulous. Don't miss afternoon tea in Venetia's tea rooms (right out of the hotel).

Don’t expect

...Brand new bathrooms.

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Stayed on 15 Oct 2016

We loved

The staff, the courtyard rooms, the local pub-feel of the bar and the vegetarian breakfast. And the comfy-chic feel to the rooms made us feel at home.

Don’t expect

...a lively night out.

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Stayed on 8 Oct 2016

We loved

The laid back, cosy atmosphere in the restaurant and bar. I could have spent all night in an armchair by the fire, sampling the great selection from the wine cellar. The nearby village of Denham has a wonderful pub called the Swan Inn - perfect for Sunday lunch.

Don’t expect

An action packed trip. Amersham is a beautiful old town, but relatively small - with just a few high end shops and some lovely spots for lunch.

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2016

We loved

Everything! The room with its four poster giant bed, free standing bath tub, cosy dressing gowns, complimentary snacks and wine, luxury en-suite with The White Company toiletries, the food at the pub with champagne, the pretty village...the list goes on. Such a peaceful break in a lovely place, a touch of luxury without being pretentious, comfortable and stylish. There is a pub at the end of the road which does really nice Thai food.

Don’t expect

Don't expect to want to leave!

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Stayed on 30 Sep 2016

We loved

The quaintness of Old Amersham and how well maintained the 16th century coaching inn is. Comfortable bed and thoughtful modern fixtures in the rooms. A warm and cosy retreat with many walking routes nearby. Artichoke restaurant is across the road and is exceptional with friendly staff in a relaxed setting. Reserve in advance to avoid disappointment. The Grocer at 91 is a lovely little option for breakfast or lunch, good coffee and great cakes.

Don’t expect

Hotel restaurant was a tad disappointing (overcooked main dish) though restaurant manager was genuinely concerned and staff efforts to make amends impressed. Order a taxi to the hotel if carrying a lot of luggage as almost a 20 minute walk.

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Stayed on 19 Aug 2016

We loved

The atmosphere, the style, the village. Good walking.

Don’t expect

A gourmet meal

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Stayed on 18 Aug 2016

We loved

The roll top bath, the breakfast in bed, the short trip from the bar to bed!

Don’t expect

Robes - I wanted robes. Can't be too picky though!

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Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

The room decor and the friendly staff. Nothing too much trouble with lots of lovely personal touches. The Courtyard suite was the location for 'the morning after' scene in "Four Weddings A Funeral". The bar also features in the film. Right on the High Street in Amersham with good shopping and dining near by.

Don’t expect

Chic modern lines...it's rustic luxury

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

Beautiful old building with brilliant service. The bar had a great whisky selection and the food was good. The Mr and Mrs Smith gifts on arrival were lovely too. Great Turkish restaurant up the hill called Village Mangal. The Elephant and Castle further down the street has a nice beer garden.

Don’t expect

Party atmosphere - this is a pretty quiet village.

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Stayed on 28 May 2016

We loved

Everything! Local recommendations: Hughenden - Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli

Don’t expect

To leave stressed

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Stayed on 6 May 2016

We loved

The courtyard room was just a dream! Really spacious, cosy and an amazing bathtub. Try the chocolat fondant with basil heart at the hotel's restaurant, a must!

Don’t expect

Bad service: the whole staff was lovely and very professional

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Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

The proximity to nature... You can go for a walk in the country very easily. But it has all the amenities of a classy hotel! Eat in the restaurant it's really good!

Don’t expect

A quiet night, if you are in a room facing the main road.

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

The restaurant and the design of the rooms

Don’t expect

Spa

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

Relaxed feel of the hotel and the great service from welcoming staff. 10/10

Don’t expect

Lots of late night noise. There was a wedding when we stayed there and we hardly even noticed.

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Stayed on 16 Apr 2016

We loved

The lovely food, friendly staff and warm welcoming atmosphere. We had an incredible day out at Bletchley Park - approx 45min drive away. Would highly recommend.

Don’t expect

To be able to creep around late at night unheard - the floorboards are not exactly forgiving!

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Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

The Inn is absolutely charming, and I cannot say how much I appreciated that my dog Tess was allowed to stay. The staff were absolutely adorable as well as professional. The food was wonderful and it felt like a home away from home. I plan on going back because there are more walks to discover, and I never had the opportunity to visit the museum. Amersham itself is a lovely town with a wonderful high street and beautiful scenery everywhere you look. And you are just an hour away from London. Heaven. 9/10

Don’t expect

As a gold member I would have liked being upgraded, especially as it was my birthday and I was with my dog, but perhaps rooms were not available, or those rooms which were available did not take dogs. I don't know. They did not tell me, and I was too embarrassed to ask. Be warned: there may be a lot of noise with events (weddings/birthdays) during the day - mainly kids running around (another smith member mentioned this), so I was not surprised.

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Stayed on 18 Mar 2016

We loved

The service, the room, the location and the food. 10/10 

Don’t expect

Lively nights

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Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

Attention to detail and the relaxed atmosphere, plus it's dog friendly. Countryside walks were very good!

Don’t expect

Lively party nights!

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Stayed on 11 Mar 2016

We loved

The food, the staff and the decor. Good for walking - the hotel has walking maps and the local shops.

Don’t expect

Carpets - it's floorboards throughout, except the upstairs corridor.

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

The hotel's vibe and decor are truly beautiful. The chairs are cozy, fires on, and a cup of tea (or champagne) is always nearby. You can get lost for hours reading by the reception fire or snuggling up in the main bar. Great food and a special call out to the service; dramatic improvement in staff training and guest to staff ratios. Great attention. The beauty of this place is that it immediately feels like your home...and everyone else's as well.

Don’t expect

Solitude. The hotel is small and lively. You can just as easily see couples on romantic weekends as you can kids running up and down the main staircase...

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

I liked that they accept dogs. The shops in the old town are lovely.

Don’t expect

To get a table for dinner unless pre-booked!

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Stayed on 27 Feb 2016

We loved

The ambience; the friendly staff; the quirky nooks and crannies of the old building.

Don’t expect

It's not as rustic and cosy as we'd imagined from the exterior. The "four weddings" room was a bit of a let down for us – bland and the bath is in the bedroom, not the bathroom.

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Stayed on 6 Feb 2016

We loved

The attention to detail – the room had everything that we could want. The staff were extra helpful – nothing was too much trouble.

Don’t expect

A party scene.

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Stayed on 17 Jan 2016

We loved

Food, bed, and staff were all exceptional!

Don’t expect

Total quiet.

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Stayed on 16 Jan 2016

We loved

The wonderful service and location.

Don’t expect

Late night parties.

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Stayed on 15 Jan 2016

We loved

The room was a great size and shower and bath tub was amazing. Staff were very friendly and nice. Full English breakfast was great too!

Don’t expect

Good weather.

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Stayed on 1 Jan 2016

We loved

Simple but elegant rooms, friendly service, nice touches like complimentary (and very good) wine in the rooms.

Don’t expect

Lavish luxury.

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Stayed on 30 Dec 2015

We loved

The Crown is a lovely looking venue. If you stay in the main inn or the courtyard suites, you will find it hard to find fault in the accommodation - it's clear that the fabric of the listed building has had some serious investment made into it. The location is key here, a tube ride (albeit a very long one!) from London, Amersham has been hailed as one of the best places to live, and no wonder. The hotel is right opposite The Artichoke, a stunning national award winning restaurant. The Crown Inn offers an excellent level of service, from the warm welcome at reception right through to the following morning's breakfast service, staff are enthusiastic and warm. Whatever the management has done, I hope they keep doing it.

Don’t expect

Unless you book a standard room, don't expect a traditional hotel room. If you think quirky is good, then you won't go wrong with the main inn or adjacent suites

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

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