The Montpellier Chapter Hotel
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Great nights sleep, foggy in morning and didn't clear till after 3 in the afternoon. Easy day 15 miles and 3000 ft of ascent. Saw two really good forts. Walked through a very scenic park apparently owned by the vacuum guy(Dyson). B&B closed on arrival so sat in pub writing ...
B&B was ok in the end, smelt damp when I arrive. Took longer route along canal. Lots of ups and downs today and lots of long barrows including hetty peglers tump which you needed a torch for because you went in so far. Climbed tyndale beacon which got narrower and narrower as you got higher, not much space at the top. Weather good again, a bit cooler today ...
Glorious weather (to hot for some) all the tourist attractions were packed with visitors. The inn I stayed at last night were hopeless 08.30 breakfast meant that's when the chef got up, didn't get going till 10. 21 miles and 5000ft of ascent , I'm well and truly cream crackered, be glad of an easy 15 ...
After a did my fair share of sleeping from the jet lag, and Logan spent the morning at the gym, we decided to make a day trip at Shakespeare's hometown. It is only about an hour and half from Stafford so it would make for an easy day trip.
As soon as we were off the motorway, we ended up on a two lane road that ran between numerous farms, including one with llamas! It made it difficult to drive without going off the road since I was sightseeing while driving. We ...
... bar area. Lots of drunks - god bless! Racing is so different than at home. Decent crowd but it's a bit removed as the course is so large and seemingly far away. Great to get there for a race day. Saturday night we pick up Monnie & kev & head to Ye Olde Black Bear for a few, bite to eat, and watch Gloucester play in the big screen. Dave & Tor there too and we all end up back in our humble abode for more drinks and call to Denise to wish her HAPPY ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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