The Montpellier Chapter Hotel
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Today was quite warm by UK standards and Derek and I had a pleasant walk along the canal in the morning before joining the Grimer family for a very tasty Sunday roast lunch. Rob and Fi then took us to Croome Park, an 18th century country house and estate where we enjoyed a walk through the house and grounds. Rob then dragged me out into the fields to go blackberry picking and Derek and I dropped in for a chat with Lesley's parents, Ray and Doreen, before supper and a chat with Rob and ...
... all over the house as well as Dan and Alex and Tom. Fiona's sister Linda was also there with husband David and two daughters Holly and Emma. A short while later Derek's brother Brian arrived with Hazel. I was not surprised to find she ignored us when she came into the room and Derek had to force her to greet us. She is clearly not a very sociable person as she kept very much to herself all day. It was fun to meet everyone and ...
The O'Sullivans prepared a cooked breakfast for Derek and then we set off for Tiberton, stopping at Stratford on Avon for a walk around the town. I tried to navigate our way to Rob across country and managed to lead us down a very narrow road to a dead end! Eventually we reached Tiberton just in time for lunch with Rob, Lesley Ann and Fiona. ...
... manages to support 5 pubs, needless to say the town tour included Charlies favorite local ....after a pint, home we went ...We chattered over dinner about all manner of things , perhaps the 3 bottles of wine helped..it was a most enjoyable night. We slept well and the thought of not having to drive the next day really helped.
After breakfast , Sheila had us already at 9.30am for a ...
We went visiting the Cotswolds yesterday, we went to some funny named places. Stow-on-the-Wold, The Slaughters, Bourton-on-the-water, Moreton-on-Marsh, Chipping Camden. And mum made a tongue twister out of these places that we visited, here's how it goes: Oddington, Boddington, toddington, Teddington, Tredington, Fiddington. The Cotswolds is filled with houses with thatched roofs, like out of straw, it is all very old and very ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Montpellier Chapter Hotel Cheltenham
I didn't really care for this hotel when I first arrived. I had heard it was trendy, eclectic, shabby chic -- does that mean that someone just slapped together some interesting stuff and hoped for the best? Sounds like my own, amateur approach to decorating. If there was a designer sensibility at work here, I couldn't spot it.
Vastly improved under new management.
The management changed some 18 months ago and it shows!
A Mr Maguire is now in control, he previously managed a Michelin starred establishment, and there is now a vastly improved level of positive synergy between quality and cost.
I fully agree with a previous reviewers comments:-
Stay there, you won't be sorry!
Extremely uncomfortable night
I stayed one night in a single room (No 119) which was very small and much smaller than equivalently priced hotels. More importantly however was the constant noise resulting from fixtures on the outside wall relating to either heating or air conditioning or some form of electro-mechanical installation. This noise was intolerably loud and continued throughout the night. indeed one could detect a resonant vibration on the outward facing wall created by the noise. For £75.00 this was very poor value.
We were intrigued by the prospect of the Kandinsky and looking forward to seeing it it matched it's hype. It not only matched our expectations, but exceeded them. This is a great little hotel in the chic and walkable Montpellier district of Cheltenham, only minutes from the centre. After the standard service at 4 stars around the world, the terrifyingly-trendy style of this place comes as a surprise - but after a couple of minutes this soon became very welcoming and relaxing. The staff were uniformly friendly, attentive and anxious to please, but managed to make it look effortless due to the chilled ethos of the place.
The decor is definitely eclectic. The staff are friendly but very laid back. I checked into a double room which was on the top floor but wasn't satisfied with the small bedrom space or small double bed. Layout on the top floor seems to be tight - possibly only to the rear of the hotel? I was changed (without much ado) to a better room on the second floor. Same decor but much roomier with a very large double bed.
Kandinsky - As good as being HOME - some 3,500 miles away from home.
Cheltenham girl born and bred - London girl of late, I've sampled some of the best hotels in both places, but nothing has been, or I imagine ever will be quite like Kandinsky... The louge/bar area is just a breathtaking but totally chilled out joy. Filled with gently chattering 25's-45's, the atmosphere is laid back and relaxed, giving a feeling more akin to the tail end of a dinner party in the early hours than that of a hotel lounge at 5 in the afternoon. The bar comprises a low table and what looks like 2 wardrobes as drinks cabinets, and the staff, young, friendly, helpful, but possibly a little slow - though it was terrible busy.. An elegant mix of antique sofas, armchairs, rugs and chandeliers with the high ceilings, wood floors, guilt mirrors and huge palms brings a tangibility and immediacy to the term, 'shabby chic'. Kandinsky is a must for anyone who... no, just anyone.
The hotel is centrally located, surrounded by magnificent Regency architecture, and with its own carpark. The quirky modern decor, with marionettes in the reception, informal bar, and tasteful furnishings make this an interesting as well as comfortable venue.
This is the perfect hotel for a romantic getaway with great food, service and a fantastic menu of cocktails! It's eclectic and luxurious without a smidgen of pretention. Would definitely recommend it.
This is a truly wonderful hotel. As you walk into the reception there's a feeling that you might have accidentally arrived in the home of an eccentric antique collector, until the smile of the receptionist assures you that this is where you're actually staying for a few nights. You cannot pigeon hole this hotel, other than in being ecclectic in it's style but thoroughly wholesome and hearty in it's food and service. It's the antithethis of corporate schmooze. I can't believe any of the staff have ever been on a training course or hotel school, yet they all have perfect manners. There's a fine restuarant (with pizza oven), virtually self service drinks table, cocktail bar/disco downstairs, soft porn in the mens loos. I've not been to any of the other Alias hotels, but I look forward to discovering they are as brilliant as this place. Richard