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Hotel du Vin and Bistro Cheltenham Hotel 4 star
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Parabola Rd, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3AQ, Royaume-Uni Cheltenham, United Kingdom -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Part of the Hotel du Vin group of hotels, the Cheltenham hotel is one of 15 and is located an hour's drive from the Cotswolds region. While the hotel only has 49 rooms it feels a lot bigger than it actually is due to the large bar and dining spaces. Although the hotel would qualify as a boutique hotel, there isn't an intimate personal feel about it. The hotel is an ideal base for a night or two for visitors looking to spend time in Cheltenham and to venture out to the Cotswolds for a day. The city is also within half-an-hour's drive of Stratford Upon Avon and an it's about an hour to Bristol and Bath.

A comfortable hotel centred on the French style bistro and wine cellar.

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      Hotel du Vin and Bistro Cheltenham   -   © C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage

    • Hotel du Vin and Bistro Cheltenham

      Hotel du Vin and Bistro Cheltenham   -   © C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage

       
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    Location 3.0 /10

    Located a five-minute drive from Cheltenham city centre, the hotel is in the trendy upmarket Montpellier district of town, where most luxury hotels are situated. It is also within walking distance of The Promenade shopping area.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are 49 rooms, including standard, superior, executive and suite categories. While all the rooms have similar amenities, and are spacious, they are decorated individually. All have flat screen televisions, safety deposit boxes, a mini-bar, Miller Harris toiletries, hand sprung mattresses and high thread count crisp white Egyptian linen. The rooms are carpeted, which gives them a cosy but old-fashioned feel. Every room is named after a brand of wine and has a generic painting pertaining to wine culture to reflect the hotel's association to wine.

    The standard rooms are a little plainer and have queen size beds, pine furniture and a beamed ceiling adding a little character to the space. Superior rooms also have a queen size bed but have the added luxury of a freestanding bath in the room as well as separate bathroom with a rain shower.

    The superior rooms are more spacious, have a king size bed and either have a freestanding bath in the bathroom or, as with the junior suite, two freestanding cast iron baths facing one another so guests can be two to take a bath at the same time and can speak to one another quite comfortably. The deluxe suite, the De Trafford is the jewel in the crown for guests who like the Regency style and although it is comfortable with a king size four-poster bed, a platform with a freestanding bath and a separate living area, it lacks soul as do most of the rooms at the hotel.

    Booking tip: the prettiest and most charming rooms are the junior suites.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    One of 15 hotels, the Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cheltenham, which opened in July 2007, is a manageable hotel that is peaceful and comfortable with a decent French bistro style restaurant. There is also a spa and bar. Although the hotel is in a converted 100-year-old house, the white stucco walls have largely diluted its authentic British Regency charm. There is also Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and it is included in the room rate.

    The period features and beautiful wooden floors recalled the house's long history and gave it much-needed charm. We liked the décor but found that it was a little soulless in some of the rooms, which was shame.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The hotel has a bar to the left of the main entrance and down a spiral staircase is the restaurant. Both are popular with guests and non-residents alike. The highlight, and as the hotel name suggests, is the wine cellar in the back of the restaurant. Available for wine tastings, it's a real museum of wines from all over the world but especially from France. A sommelier is also on hand to either help guests pair wine with their meals, or for organising tastings (usually done with cheese).

    The French style bistro restaurant is completely made from wood, giving the space a mountain lodge ambiance. Cosy and informal, the food on offer is French, usually organic where possible, and reasonably priced (two courses from £16.95). As we were not able to try the food here, we cannot comment on its quality. The bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also serves Sunday brunch and afternoon tea daily.

    Spa 6.7 /10

    The ESPA hotel spa is fairly small with just a few treatment rooms but is well appointed with a cosy relaxation area surrounded by wood walls as the centre piece. There is also a St-Tropez tanning booth and nail bar.

    To know

    There is a small car park out front, but guests must check availability prior to arrival with the hotel directly.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage, spa

    advantage

    • The restaurant has a well stocked wine cellar.
    • The rooms are comfortable.
    • The junior suites have double free-standing baths, the ultimate luxury.

    disadvantages

    • The hotel lacks soul and hasn't got that warm personal edge boutique hotels tend to have, despite the building's 100 years.
    • The rooms are cold and can be fairly bland.
    • We found the staff to be rather unwelcoming.

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