Hotel du Vin & Bistro
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... some of the newspapers have entered silly territory. One such example is the free London paper Metro, which has gone into a whole set of pointless statistics about the medals table using the second conditional (if I were a rich man,...) e.g. If Scotland competed independently, it would be 8th in the table. It then goes on to talk about the other home countries (though not Northern Ireland). When it starts going into cities, like if London ...
Shaver & blades
Toothpaste, toothbrush & cover
Travel towel - we got ours from Sports Direct for £9.99 bargain!
Bit of makeup - waterproof is essential!
Small brush & mirror
Hair bands & pins
Contact lenses & solution
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel du Vin & Bistro Royal Tunbridge Wells
We loved this. We had heard good reviews and it definitely delivered. Our room was in fact two; split into a bedroom/sitting area (with a separate shower basin and toilet) plus a room with free standing, large, deep bath. Both rooms had flatscreen TVs. We felt very oppulent watching TV whilst soaking in the bath. We booked a table in the Bistro, which was reasonably full considering it was a Monday evening, in January. Our food was excellent, as was the wine. After dinner we moved to the cigar room (we live in Ireland, where smoking in public has been banned for some time, so to see smokers was strange), where we played snooker on the full size table. Breakfast the following day was relaxed and the food once again excellent. Although we stayed for just one night, we felt thoroughly rested and relaxed on departure. Our stay was not cheap - but then we did go for the larger room, the better Chablis, several food courses - but certainly value for money. Next time we hope to see more of the locale, as it looked wonderful.
A blissful experience
After having experienced a night of hell the night before at the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells, the Hotel du Vin was a blissful experience. We were attending a wedding at the hotel, and all in all, it was a wonderful location, with good service and a delicious breakfast. The room was small but very clean and comfortable, while the bathroom, although small as well, was really nicely decorated. We were encouraged to take the large bottles of bathroom toiletries with us. What great value for money! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a place to stay in a very nice town. And I would go back there again. In fact the wedding couple loved it so much, they returned to stay there a month after getting married there.
I really loved my room in this hotel - tastefully decorated, comfortable bed, good other facilities.
Excellent stay with helpful staff
Our stay here was brilliant- the bedroom itself was medium sized but the double bath and wet room was brilliant with quality complementary products (I think it was moulton brown).
The staff were part of the stay that really made it- the young concierge was infromal but very knowledgable and helpful and the sommelier who came to advise us, whilst be were choosing from the menu over a drinkin the bar, was very helpful and did not try to steer us to the more expensive choices (did however reccomend a great sauternes with my foie gras).
Overall definitely advise staying here
My boyfriend and I had spent the day in Tunbridge Wells shopping, and I suggested having "a bite to eat" at Hotel du Vin, having eaten there before.
Loved the hotel
I have just had a fantastic stay in the Hotel du Vin. My room, Yering Station featured an enormous bed (big enough for an army should one wish), and was pretty good value considering the facilities and the general level of service provided by the hotel. I found the staff to be very friednly and ready to help with whatever we needed. You are treated as a welcome guest, rather than just a customer.
Our dinner in the restaurant was great, the plaice and the ravioli both come highly recommended. The breakfast looked lovely, but we were just too full from the night before to manage it!
All in all a really enjoyable stay.
My husband and I went here for a nice romantic weekend away. The hotel is just a short distance from our home in London and therefore ideal for a weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. This was our first trip to the Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells and based on this experience we won't be repeating it. We paid for the superior room at £145. The room was pleasant enough, huge bed with crisp white bedding but in fact two singles pushed together rather than a real queen sized bed. The bed was also way too soft and squishy for our tastes and we both woke up in the morning with back ache. The bathroom was nice with a huge bath to relax in but the over bath shower was a real disappointment with a pretty pathetic trickle of water. However my main gripe with this room was that the TV was a small 9 inch portable set that must have been at least 10 years old with appalling reception that they had stuck in the wardrobe! Neither of us are paticularly keen TV watchers but this seemed paticularly cheap and nasty given the price we were paying! One good thing is that all the rooms have names and if you are allocated the Calvados suite as we were (ask when you book) beware and consider asking for a different room.
Stayed here in June for our daughter's 12th birthday as we wanted to visit the area where AA Milne lived when writing Winnie-the-Pooh. We had a room with a sitting room where 2 comfy cots were placed for our daughter and 15 year old. It was a perfect set-up and appreciated since it's so difficult in Europe to find accommodations for a family of 4 without booking 2 rooms. Our room was great but above the entrance so it was a tad noisy. The highlight was the friendly gentleman at the desk late afternoon and evening. He couldn't have been nicer, providing advice on a variety of requests. The restaurant was quite good with the service professional and friendly. We were surprised the dover sole we ordered was not filleted for us which put a damper on my husband's meal. Suggest that the lighting in the hotel be softened and a table be placed in the bathrooms to hold one's toiletries.
Great value in this spa town..
Have stayed here a number of times and always enjoyed it. When booking I have always asked for a superior room, and reception clearly inform you of what each available room is like. Beds in the superior rooms are large and comfortable with top quality linen and large bathrooms.
Unlike many English Hotels I have encountered no draughts, plenty of hot water and no snobbery, with high levels of service. When booking I have always been asked if I want to eat in the Bistro, as it is indeed very popular as the standard is exceptional and amongst the best in Tunbridge wells. The food is very rich however, and I would not want to eat here every night!!!!
If you are guest at The Hotel du vin- Royal Tunbridge Wells and you are staying for more than 2 days, be aware that you'll start to notice the differences in customer service and as a staying guest you do not get priority to eat at the bistro which is very popular with locals! So if the bistro is fully booked you will find it very difficult to get a meal at the hotel. They will not serve you outside but sometimes they might! They won't let you have food in or around the various lounges and they discourage room service, except when they feel like it. Inconsistent rules on smoking, eating and booking a table. We were not asked to book early for the bistro and were treated with disdain when we did ask for a table. We were staying when Higher Management of The Hotel Du Vin were also there and the service