Noel Arms Hotel
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V nice, especially after London
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Given some of the previous comments posted, I thought I'd better write a review to let everyone know what a great hotel this is. I cannot fault anything. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the food was great (both oriental and traditional), the room was well decorated and cosy, such a beautiful location, etc..... Anyway, you get the idea - it was good.
The Hotel is getting better, the new Oriental restaraunt is very good.
There are a few little niggles that can be sorted very easily. TV has only 4 channels. The Quite area in the reception/lounge is blasted by the loud music coming from the Bar - such a shame.
Breakfast the service was a bit hit and miss and the food arrived luke warm.
The young staff were enthusiastic and very willing, a little too familiar in the case of 1 young man from the USA.
We would stay here again and would recomend it. If the few points were addressed then I believe it is value for momey, at the current momment there are is better accomodation at a cheaper price in the village.
Completion is strong and provided the hotel does not put its prices up to the level of its sister over the road and addresses the few issues then it will be well worth a visit
Best kept secret
Beautiful, friendly hotel in a beautiful friendly part of the Cotswolds.
Staff are welcoming and friendly whilst being very proficient and knowledgable, especially on fine wines.
The atmosphere is relaxed in every part of the hotel, bar or restaurant, dinner or breakfast.
I was very impressed by the imaginative choice of dishes available for dinner. Dining in the oriental restaurant is a treat. The breakfast menu was also brimming with choice.
Would recommend as a place to escape for the weekend.
5 Star splendour in a 3 star wrapper!
Living in London with all the world's cuisine and culture at your fingertips, one forgets there is life outside of the city. Going on a minibreak to the Cotswolds was just what we needed to get away from the hustle and bustle but frankly, the idea in my head was one of steak and kidney pie and little else.
Enter the Noel Arms. A quaint, little inn at the gateway to the Cotswolds provided small but glorious accomodations in which I slept in a 300 year old 4 poster bed, woke up to the best full English breakfast and smothest cup of tea in all of the UK and witness some of the most hospitable service in all of my time in the UK.
What really amazed me was the Oriental restaurant hidden in the back of the inn. A mixture of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and a few Malaysian style dishes combine into a festival for the palate. Head Chef Peter Xu from Beijing created a myriad of dishes not to mention authentic ones such as the spicy and flavourful Tom Yum Gop Kuang, a Thai soup with coconut milk and lemon grass with Prawns. The beef with oyster sauce was tender and right on target and the Singapore Noodles were the best I have ever eaten.
Seng Loy, the General Manager really rolled out the red carpet for us and made us feel like family. I cannot say enough about this place and urge all to come and visit this quaint little village with a hidden gem. I know I will be back again and again.
We had a very rice time.The food was egg(fried rice)cellent and the service was wan tonderful.
Joking aside It was lovely and i throughly recommend it.
It's great now!
Felt trepidation after reading one review here but boy, things must have changed at Noel Arms recently. It's been taken over by the owners of Cotswold House Hotel opposite, and it's obviously been revolutionised. No sign of dirt or malfunctions! The staff were really charming, especially the manager, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The Dover's Bar has a lovely traditional pub feel and some great bar snacks, but the Oriental restaurant came as a very pleasant surprise. Excellent dinner, beautifully presented, with lots of dishes with Far East inflences (choices for my not-so-keen-on-Oriental husband too!) Atmosphere, especially breakfast in the Conservatory, made for a lovely weekend discovering the Cotswolds and this lovely town.
Food Great, Room Terrible
We booked this hotel for e weekend break having stayed at another Hotel from the "group" last year - one in Burford was excellent. Arrived late afternoon to be told that our room was not ready even though 4.00pm. When shown to the room some 30 mintues later we were taken along a corridor where there was a pile of dirty bed linen on the carpet and the remains of someones lunch still on a plate outside a room. Inside the room we found that the TV was broken - on/off button completly missing. Asked a member of staff to replace the TV which they did so. Looking around the four poster room we found what looked like shaving foam all over the bathroom wall and curtains, a bath that did not seem to have been cleaned and the spa in it not working. I later advised reception who told me that a fuse kept tripping outside our room - if only I knew I would have climbed out of the bath and run down to reception! The room was generally dirty with dust evident around furniture - better use of a vacuum required!
Overall not impressed by the room even though bed some 400 years old. Should have been dusted at some time over these years! However things got better once a drink was in hand down in the delightful bar! The food we had that evening was faultless - more than could be said of our room.
Overall - I would not stay here again.
My family and I recently spent a wonderful week in the Cotswolds. It truly is an area with all the beauty and charm of the past. We stayed in a number of small inns but two stand out from the rest. I would highly recommend the Painswick Hotel in the little village of Painswick. The town is remarkably well preserved and the Hotel fits in nicely. The hotel was clean, the food excellent and the staff extremely friendly especially to our young son. On the other hand we were very disappointed in the Noel Arms Hotel in Chipping Campden. The hotel was run down, the meals overpriced and the staff less than helpful. Maybe this lack of service comes from being part of a larger group, Cotswold Inns & Hotels. Our better stays were always in the independent inns.
I love the Noel Arms. I have stayed there a few times. It represents excellent value for money, the food is exceptional, the atmosphere is peaceful and the hotel is comfortable with heaps of character. I would highly recommend the Noel Arms.
Loved the food
The first thing that hits you is how friendly the staff is. Its a very old hotel but is ran in a modern way. Nothing is too much trouble.The food is great.Try out the room with a four poster bed its reputed to be from the 16th century.I certainly will stay again when in the Cotswolds. It is an ideal location to visit the surrounding areas.One could describe it as quintessentially EnglishA satisfied customer
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