With almost quarter of a million horse racing fans descending on Cheltenham Racecourse for the Festival and Gold Cup 2018, accommodation is at a premium in Cheltenham and the surrounding towns and villages.
The four-day sporting spectacle takes place from Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 March 2018, with Gloucestershire offering a range of hotels spanning luxury boltholes to more affordable options.
So, whether you will be flocking to Cheltenham for Ladies Day, or gearing up for celebrating Gold Cup on St Patrick’s Day, stay at one of the county’s top hotels and you’ll be betting on getting a good night’s sleep.
The lowdown: Situated midway between Cheltenham Racecourse and the town centre, Cotswold Grange Hotel offers a convenient and comfortable stay for race goers, with the added bonus of being within walking distance to all of the racing action. Housed in an impressive period building and offering complimentary parking, the hotel is home to 20 en-suite rooms encompassing Standard, Superior, and Deluxe Doubles; deluxe Four Poster; Junior Suite; and Twin options. Guests are sure to enjoy a peaceful stay within the hotel’s contemporary rooms, all of which have modern amenities spanning flat-screen televisions with Freeview and radio; tea and coffee equipment; and Wi-Fi, while the individually-styled bathrooms boast excellent facilities with refreshing Orla Kiely toiletries.
SoGlos loves: Whether guests are hoping for a hearty pre-racing breakfast, celebratory drink, or delicious evening meal, Cotswold Grange Hotel is home to The Drawing Room bar and restaurant. Offering an elegant space, guests can look forward to dining off à la carte or bar menus, or relaxing with a glass of wine in hand within a sumptuous setting.
To book: Call Cotswold Grange Hotel on (01242) 515119, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cotswoldgrangehotel.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: A stylish hotel located in the heart of Cheltenham, Malmaison is conveniently situated for racegoers, a mere 10-minute car journey away, while there's also the option to hop on the bus, grab a taxi or even walk to the day's events. Guests can expect a lovely stay at the ever-popular hotel, which benefits from 60 modern and comfortable rooms complete with stylish interiors, deluxe REN toiletries, and smart technology for entertainment. There's also plenty of chance to dine at Malmaison's Chez Mal Brasserie which provides a laidback setting for all-day dining, while the bar is just perfect for a post-racing cocktail, ice-cold beer, or for the ultimate treat, a bottle of bubbly.
SoGlos loves: A stay at Malmaison wouldn’t be complete without taking advantage of its luxury spa facilities which offer the chance to indulge in some R&R within a truly tranquil setting. Guests can escape the hustle and bustle of the races and book a pampering treatment or simply relaxing the steam room and unwind room.
To book: Call Malmaison on (01242) 370655, email email@example.com, or visit malmaison.com directly.
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The lowdown: Offering a luxurious base away from the busy centre of Cheltenham but within seven miles of the Racecourse, Cowley Manor is nestled within 55 acres of picturesque Cotswold countryside and promises a great getaway for racegoers. Home to 30 spacious bedrooms located across the main house and stable block, guests can soak up the glorious views, wander around the hotel’s heritage-listed gardens, head to the spa, relax on the sun-soaked terrace, or sip on a signature cocktail at the stylish bar – offering a racing experience within the lap of luxury.
SoGlos loves: Guests can finish off a day at Cheltenham Racecourse with a delicious dinner at Cowley Manor's Malt Restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant celebrates British culinary heritage, with its menus featuring seasonal and sustainable produce, using local suppliers where possible. Evening diners can expect dishes such as fillet of beef; poached and roasted chicken breast; baked cod; and spiced baked aubergine, with tempting sides including triple-cooked chips, spring greens with bacon, and chive potato purée.
To book: Call Cowley Manor on (01242) 870900, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cowleymanor.com directly.
The lowdown: A luxury five-star hotel just outside the centre of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park promises luxury in abundance thanks to its lavish rooms, serene spa, fine-dining restaurant and more relaxed bar. There’s a choice of 60 rooms spanning Cosy Doubles, Traditional, Classic, Luxury and Deluxe, along with decadent Suites, boasting elegant interiors throughout. What’s more the country hotel remains hugely popular with racing fans year after year, due to benefiting from direct access to the Racecourse, via its own private road.
SoGlos loves: Ellenborough Park remains at the heart of the racing season thanks to its close proximity to the town centre, race-themed pub The Horsebox, and its private route to all of the exciting action. Guests can immerse themselves in all the excitement, and even book to arrive at the races in one of the hotel’s luxury chauffeur-driven cars.
To book: Call Ellenborough Park on (01242) 545454, email email@example.com, or visit ellenboroughpark.com directly.
The lowdown: With racing memorabilia gracing the walls and a strong horse racing heritage, The Hollow Bottom, is a great place for racing fans to retreat to after a day’s action at the Racecourse. Located half an hour from Cheltenham in the small village of Guiting Power, guests can look forward to a comfortable country stay in one of its comfortable rooms. Meanwhile the cosy pub serves up hearty breakfasts and offers a special racing menu, while there are plenty of beverages to try, ranging from craft brews and ciders, to wines, meaning there’s something for everyone!
SoGlos loves: The Hollow Bottom will be holding a special preview night on Monday 12 March 2018 when a panel of pundits will be offering tips, with tickets £20 per person including a buffet. Sure to offer some great advice, the panel will include Sam Twiston-Davies, Carl Llewellyn, Gary Wiltshire, Luke Tarr (Star Sports), Ryan Hatch, and will be hosted by Alex Steedman (Racing UK).
To book: Call The Hollow Bottom on (01451) 850392, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit hollowbottom.com directly.
The lowdown: The Falcon Inn is located in the beautiful village of Painswick and a 30-minute car journey from Cheltenham Racecourse, making it perfect for a Cotswold country escape and trip to the races. Offering plenty of quintessential pub charm, the inn benefits from 11 characterful guest bedrooms which are a mix of twin, double and king rooms and all have en-suite bathrooms. Tastefully decorated, guests can look forward to comfortable beds with crisp linen bedding and modern amenities, while some of the rooms boast a cosy fireplace and others offer beautiful views across the rolling countryside.
SoGlos loves: Thanks to its Cotswold setting, The Falcon Inn offers peaceful accommodation that’s perfect for post-racing relaxing and a good night’s sleep. Meanwhile racegoers can fuel up with a hearty breakfast before their day out, and look forward to a wholesome dinner at the end of the day, with the restaurant serving up the best of fresh, seasonal British food.
To book: Call The Falcon Inn on (01452) 814222, email email@example.com, or visit falconpainswick.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: A picturesque waterside restaurant and hotel, The Wharf House boasts a range of luxury guest rooms away from the hustle and bustle of all the racing action – but easily accessible from Cheltenham, situated in Over on the edge of Gloucester. The seven AA four gold star rooms range from a standard king to the Ballard Suite and all feature stunning views of either the River Severn or the restored Canal Basin, and include a full English or continental breakfast. Guests can expect all the usual facilities reserved for luxury hotels, such as a fully stocked mini bar, wide-screen television, private en-suite facilities, and fresh, fluffy linen and bath towels – with some even including the added bonus of a whirlpool bath too.
SoGlos loves: To see you through the festival celebrations, be sure to dine in The Wharf House’s award-winning restaurant, which serves up a relaxed ambience alongside fine British and European cuisine with a contemporary twist – and is undoubtedly one of the city’s finest places to eat out.
To book: Call The Wharf House on (01452) 332900, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk directly.
If you want to stay close to the sporting action and lively nightlife, staying in Cheltenham is your best bet, with the town offering a selection of luxury hotels including The Queen's Hotel, No. 131, and Hotel du Vin.
Discover a full list of accommodation in Cheltenham by visiting our handy hotels directory.
If you fancy basing yourself in the stunning Cotswolds during Race Week, you’ll find a charming selection of B&Bs, hotels, country cottages and self-catering accommodation.
Discover a full list of accommodation in the Cotswolds by visiting our handy hotels directory.
Just 20 minutes from Cheltenham depending on traffic, Gloucester also makes a good base for those visiting the county for The Festival, with options including Hatherley Manor, Hallmark Hotel Gloucester, Hatton Court Hotel, Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall and Holiday Inn Express Gloucester.
Discover a full list of accommodation in Gloucester by visiting our handy hotels directory.
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