This is a guest post from Jennifer, a regular reader of our blog. The Alhambra Court Hotel is a family run hotel situated in St Marys, just a few minutes walk from York town centre. The staff are very friendly and we had a warm welcome. There was ample car parking space for all the guests. The service was efficient and we had everything we needed. It was also very nice to see traditional black dress and crisp white cap and aprons worn by the restaurant staff. It was excellent value for money – we would certainly stay there again.
We recently had the pleasure of spending a weekend at The Greenhouse in Bristol.
The Greenhouse is a small, private guest house on a quiet cul-de-sac, yet just a few minutes’ stroll from Bristol’s bustling harbour area, including Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and the various bars and restaurants of the Tobacco Factory and Southville area. With free on-street parking, we did not use the car at all during our stay, adding to our relaxation.
Our booking and a few questions we had were dealt with efficiently, and we were given a great welcome by Fran, the owner of the guest house. Fran was helpful and friendly throughout our stay, always willing to chat, and to provide information about things to do in the local area. The house itself is relaxing the moment you step through the front door – clean, airy, nicely decorated and well furnished. Our room was also spotless, with a comfortable bed, real (not instant) coffee, and a restful feel to it. We also enjoyed the garden, a delightful place to chill out, read and enjoy a cup of tea after a day exploring the city. The lounge looked lovely too, although we didn’t use it as the weather was nice enough to be outside. Breakfast was plentiful and had a good choice, with hot food cooked to order. All of the products are organic, which is one of the guest house’s selling points. The large breakfast table creates a real “family” atmosphere, and gives you a chance to talk to other guests, which we enjoyed.
All in all, I would recommend the Greenhouse to anyone looking to spend a few days in Bristol. Prices are comparable to the chain hotels in the city centre, but the personal service, welcome, and relaxing surroundings are on another level. We truly felt as though we were guests in Fran’s home and would have no hesitation returning if we are in the city again.
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If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the Rutland area, we recommend the Barnsdale Lodge. In times gone by it was a farmhouse, and it still has all the style of an old-fashioned farmhouse, combined with all the comforts of a modern hotel.
All the bedrooms are en-suite and there is free broadband in every room. There is a spacious bar area, and the conservatory provides a relaxed setting for mealtimes.
Outside there is a charming central courtyard where you can sit with a coffee and a book or paper and enjoy the sound of the birds singing.
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