Bedford Swan Hotel

The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, MK40 1RW, United Kingdom | 4 star hotel
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Peaks and Troughs.

A travel blog entry by frazzle


... looking for talent when i am sure there is already plenty on their doorstep in the local towns of Staffordshire that could do with the extra help but maybe thats just me being cynical. Maybe i should try and find a way to the same trough and move my snout in but its probably too late for that so its back to the parcel mines for me. Hope youve all enjoyed my ramblings many thanks for the comments posted. So glad your not ...

A bit of a punt

A travel blog entry by glenda-hunt


Nice day out, caught the train to Cambridge from London, sun was shining, hard to believe, and caught a punt up the river behind all the unis. Really pretty and relaxing. Only thing that could have improved it would be an esky of bubbles and some cheese and bickies, oh yes, and some fun ...


A travel blog entry by lisaajane


... about travel. She picked I was from Australia and asked how long I had been over in the UK for. Had I travelled on my own? All the questions I am used to answering with one headphone in. But something told me this lady had something for me as well.
She told me about her son. He had done the same and opposite of me. He had taken off at age 18, travelled alone because, alike to me, ...

The adventure starts here...

A travel blog entry by abjc


Its been a great 3 years together but I am bored of Adam's company, of the same stories, and the random words I need to spurt out just to avoid awkward silences. I'm sure you can all understand that even though I will miss you all I NEED this to maintain my sanity!

Just kidding folks, our adventure begins now!

We've made it ...

The Last 58 Days

A travel blog entry by lisaajane


... called Heidelberg. It was wonderful spending time with them, and so nice to be able to repack my bag!

-I learnt that trying to keep an organised bag while travelling in nearly impossible.

-I had an over-excited, well overdue, jumping up and down kind of reunion with a traveller we had stay with us after we met at Christmas 2008. It had been 4 years since we saw each other, so it was so cool that I finally got to see her again...and she hasn't changed at ...

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Bedford Swan Hotel

    Wore Down by Series of Inconveniences


    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.

    Loved this hotel


    Date of stay 14.10.05 to 16.10.05

    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.

    Bed But NOT Breakfast


    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.

    Good hotel


    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.

    Bedford; OK


    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Bedford Swan Hotel

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent