The Montpellier Chapter Hotel
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Car park cost £51.40 On the M11...A10...A505 (Royston, Baldock)...A1...Hatfield Tunnel...M25 Stopped at the Oxford "Services" -(Starbucks, Burger King etc); we shared a BLT sandwich, mum had coffee and I had an iced frappé = $20 - nothing like having a "captive" audience! There are mobile food and drink vans at road sidings that are on the side of the road ...
Yes I have two days off, then am moving flats, and then another day off so when I should be thinking about packing and cleaning, I'm thinking of trying to fit in one more quick trip before it all. I've been itchy sitting around in cafes for the past three/ four days struggling to sort out my life by searching accommodations, flights, and everything else for my upcoming few months. Today around midday after checking what I'd be to catch a train to Swansea in ...
... gave the house tremendous character.
For dinner we walked 3 doors down to the "Prince of India" where the meal was so good the first night that we ended up having dinner there 3 times in a row! It was packed solid every night--and they ran a take out service simultaneously!
During our short visit to the Cotswolds we had time to visit and explore Stow-on-the-Wold (aka SOTW) and 3 other villages ...
What a day!
Last things first. We spent almost nine hours watching 12 acts - some solo, some ensemble, playing everything from slide guitar to the saw, with ukuleles in each - all completely amazing. Nine hours on the edge of the seat. The Town Hall was completely packed with a thousand people who were gob-smacked, including Max and me.
I won't bore you with ...
... and it's tenses, past, present, and gender related un vs une, is very confusing. What makes something masculine opposed to feminine. Like a cigarette, girl or boy? Un or une? Le or la or les? Enough of French lesson, I'm confusing myself. Then I've been invited to lunch by Tor and her friend Karen (policewoman who retired who's do we went to few weeks ago) at the Hilton - Puckrup, so I head out there. Goodness "Ladies that lunch" - love it!! Back in to pick kids up, then into ...
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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