Bedford Swan Hotel
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... them a ring and they had lots of vacant places. So that's where we have set up home, a nice place, lovely and clean and very green.
On the way here we passed red poppies growing wild in the fields, very pretty, just like France.
12th June - Thursday
After a lot of talking, thinking and a few restless sleeps, we have decide that we enjoy what we are doing and would like to ...
birthday anniversary one of my tasks at the hostel was mowing the lawn!!! This
is only of interest because that was one of Dad’s favourite chores at Shannon
and Penny’s farm. He’d get his mowing clothes on most Tuesdays and head down to
spend the day with Shannon. Dad would get on the ride-on mower and spend hours
going back and forth through the paddock with his big sun hat ...
I woke at 6:20 to the joyous sound my alarm. Then I snoozed
it. Two times. Then I decided it was well and truly time to get up for my
train.Cath, insane as she is volunteered to walk me to the station…which
was lovely, but she gave up her sleep. That is silly :PThen I said my goodbyes, and it was hard…because the net
time I will see her will most likely be in Australia. And that brings me to now. I am sitting on the ...
Ok, so today wasn't all that exciting.
But I did meet people who made it more fun.
I got the oddest wake up call ever. I got woken by the hostel cleaner coming in to clean the room I was in...at 10:30.
But I did get up quite quickly, and did the same for breakfast as I did yesterday. I am to cautious of spending money at all to have the desire to buy 3 meals a day...so I buy the buffet breakfast for 4p, wrap the ...
... as a hat!
-Used, what I now know as heaps of knowledge, to help my hostel friend Nick find his feet with his travelling and living in London! I had no idea how much I knew until it came to helping someone who didn't.
-Had the best convo ever with the funniest security guy at the airport. Humour really does make things so much better! (The full convo is in 'What type of Cake?" Entry 140).
-Made my way to 'home' in countryside England...where I now ...
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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.