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No38 The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Set in a beautiful Georgian mansion, No38 The Park feels more like staying at a (wealthy) friend's home. Stroll through the front door and you'll find a cosy lounge bedecked with a hotchpotch of artworks. Persian fabrics hang side by side with works by living British artists, while oversized stone lamp bases and reclaimed wood tables add a chic, rustic touch. It's stylish and contemporary, exuding a sophisticated, laidback vibe, attracting couples and small groups of friends seeking a fashionable boutique bolthole a short walk from the centre of town and the racecourse. The thirteen rooms are cosy and tastefully furnished, with herringbone carpets, thick flowing curtains and wonderfully high ceilings. In the mornings, tuck into flavoursome dishes in a light-filled atrium; in summer, the French windows are thrown open, creating a breezy breakfast spot.
You're tucked away in a leafy residential area, away from the touristy hubbub of the centre. On weekend mornings, you'll see families enjoying a stroll in the park, residents walking their dogs and fitness fans heading out on their morning run.
The hotel is a ten minute walk from the city centre and 15 minute walk from Cheltenham Racecourse. You're minutes from the Pump Room, where you can sample the town's famous spa waters.
By car: around an hour's drive from Bristol and 2 hours 45 minutes from London and Manchester.
By train: trains to Cheltenham Spa run from Bristol (40 minutes) Birmingham (40 minutes) and London (around 2 hours). The hotel is a 7-minute taxi ride from Cheltenham Spa station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's perfect for couples and small groups of friends seeking a stylish bolthole that won't break the bank. We loved the Georgian mansion's wonderfully high ceilings and the laidback, sophisticated vibe.
Service & Facilities
There's no reception, which lends the place an intimate home-like feel.
- In-room breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 1 on the ground floor is gorgeous; it's huge, with large windows, pops of colour and a huge bathroom with double sink, double shower and freestanding bathtub. The tasteful design with subtle quirks and splashes of colour, and the lovely bathrooms with rain showers. The Dyson Supersonic hairdryers are a very welcome addition, too.
Cosy Room, Very Good Room, Excellent Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Acqua di Parma toiletries, bathrobes, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Staff double up as waiters; they will pour you a drink from the ever-so-discreet bar (no more than a drinks cabinet) to enjoy in the laidback lounge. The smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on sourdough toast is a great way to start the day.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast with hot dishes to order, including full English breakfast, American-style pancakes and eggs Florentine.
Bar: Wines, spirits, bar snacks.
The Tavern: A ten-minute walk away, the hotel's sister restaurant serves international dishes with an american twist, such as steaks and pork ribs.