Bedford Swan Hotel
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... s bad haircuts, hopeless time keeping skills, that time he dropped his entire steak on the floor at the pub after a fifty minute wait for it, and his obsession with the tv show 'friends', and made it through to embark on this incredible journey.
Finally we can get away from the stingy lifestyle and extreme couponing that we have had to ...
Tiz or the Tizzard.
we had an hour or two before the wedding we were able to explore the
house – awesome. The photos will have to do the talking. The
piper warmed up outside adding to the atmosphere then we were seated
for the blessing. Ali was fashionably late even though she had a
suite upstairs – but the wait was worth it when she arrived, piped
in to the tune flower of Scotland, and stunning. Her dress was
fabulous with ...
... walked to the cathedral before needing to get back and pick up our luggage that we left at a drop off spot. 5 bucks a bag. We got on train #2 and that was about an hour ride and got on train #3 (mind you we have to carry out luggage off and on and up and down stairs to different platforms). The countryside is beautiful and really reminds me of Oregon, getting off #3 we had like 5 minutes to get our train to Bury St Edmonds, that was at Cambridge, we grabbed ...
... br> -I saw the most incredible scenery I have ever seen! So different from the red plains of Australia that I have come to know and love! This scenery was mountains towering high above, almost protecting the lakes and green landscape between them.
-I re-learnt to swim!
-I had the eye-opening experience of walking through and learning about Dachau concentration camp and the Holocaust. It is something that was very worth doing, because it adds to ...
Thinking that it would take us a couple of hours to get to Bedford, we gaily left at about 10am after a very convivial breakfast. After all, it is not every day I get to spend some time with my Godmum and according to her visitors book, it was almost a year since we last saw her.
Even if the sun was not exactly out, it was bright and as we only had a couple of hours, I didn't do the whole sausage roll thing, leaving a few layers off. Bad idea. A specially ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bedford Swan Hotel
Stayed at the Swan the week of 5/12/05 as a business traveller... The hotel itself is very nice & well situated to downtown Bedford restaurants. Unfortunately, management of the facility itself was poor for a business traveller due to a number of minor inconveniences which resulted in my overall rating. With some increased focus on effective management, this hotel could provide a very nice experience.
Slightly overimpressed-by-itself typical old-style English county town hotel I think. Everything in the room was OK but not great and one of the staff was pointlessly and inexplicably rude to me. Torn bed linen - the sort of tear you'd probably live with if it was your own pillow case but you don't really expect a £90/night hotel to make that decision for you. In-room entertainment choice poor. I found the room a little noisy; I could hear next door even though they didn't seem to be particularly loud. Reception didn't even ask the next morning how my stay was - presumably I'm just meant to be grateful The Swan let an oik like me stay overnight. Breakfast at £12 with numerous places to grab a bite round the corner is a bit of a bad joke so I avoided that. No reason not to stay here, but equally no particular reason to stay.
Lovely but not very comfortable
We wanted to love the Bedford Swan because of its history and unusal design. If we were twenty years younger it would have been fine. But our backs hurt from the lumpy mattresses. We were told that renovation hadn't extended to our floor yet. It is a charming 18th century hotel with some lovely views. The breakfast was no more than average.
If you're more interested in English charm than comfort, this is the hotel for you.
On a positive note, the pool was spectacular. We felt as though we wee swimming in the Roman baths.
Am planning to return
We stayed in the hotel in May 2004, I'm now online booking to return this year (2005).
The service we recieved was excellent, the room had amazing views of the river, it was comfortable, well furnished & spacious.
The pool and jacuzzi are a great place to relax, they are set on the ground floor of the hotel with stone walls and low lighting-the water glistens blue & it all makes for a very romantic atmosphere. When we used it we were the only ones in there!
Breakfast was delicious (in contrast to another review I've read here). The food was all well cooked, plentiful & delicious.
Service throughout our stay in all areas was excellent.
I definately recommend this hotel.
We were staying here for a night in August 2004 for a 40th Birthday celebration.
Not near a lake.
The Swan is directly opposite the Bedford Moat House hotel. On balance it is probably the better of the two being a building of more age and character. I'm not sure about it being next to a lake (previous review) it is actually next to the river.
Being close to the centre of Bedford it's very convenient for the pubs, clubs and restaurants which, if you're a little adventurous, can yield some nice surprises. Rooms vary but they're all highly acceptable. The bar is spacious and has a good amount of atmosphere. Of the hotels close in to the centre of Bedford this is the one i'd go for.
I booked this hotel for an overnight business trip in the area, so I just wanted something clean with a desk. I was delighted when I arrived to see the idilic setting by the lake. Checkin was speedy and efficient, as was checkout. Spent some time in the bar with a good book and a few glasses of reasonable house wine, and had a really pleasant evening. Overall a really nice hotel - good location, pleasant and helpful staff, very reasonably priced. Highly recommended.
The hotel is an old one, richly decorated and clean, although alittle musty. If you are not used to traveling abroad, there are some differences. This is an expensive hotel, and some of the rooms are small. There are no clocks, alarm or otherwise, in the rooms. There are also no screens in the windows, so if you want some fresh air (we definitly did) you will have some bugs to deal with. There was a hair dryer provided, but not in the bathroom, it was hooked up in the desk. The water pressure was excellant and there was plenty of hot water. We had the unfortunate experience of having rooms across the hall renovated at the time of our stay. Our room was a no smoking room, but that did not help much with the smoke from the workers drifting across the hall (not to mention the steady stream of profanity). The staff did seem to do there best to be accomidating to our needs. There is a beautiful pool and hot tub with wonderful lighting that did wonders to take away our stresses of the day. The food was fair; and english. There is a beautiful park accross from the hotel and a river that is home to many swans and otters! I would not venture around the corner at night as the clubs do seem to get alittle rowdy, and they are the only thing open in the evening except the McDonalds. Overall I would probably recommend this hotel.