With almost quarter of a million horse racing fans descending on Cheltenham Racecourse for the Festival and Gold Cup 2014, accommodation is at a premium in Cheltenham and the surrounding towns and villages.
So, whether you will be flocking to Cheltenham for just the Gold Cup, a St Patrick’s Day knees-up, or for the full four-day Festival, stay at one of Gloucestershire’s top hotels and you’ll be betting on getting a good night’s sleep in the county.
This popular annual guide will be updated right up to Race Week, so check back for the best places to stay in Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Gloucester and Stroud.
Venue: The Montpellier Chapter Hotel
The lowdown: The Montpellier Chapter is one of Cheltenham’s most sophisticated, all-encompassing, restaurants, bars and spas, not to mention sought after hotels during race week, with rooms normally fully booked up to 12 months in advance. A mere 10-minute drive from the racecourse, The Chapter offers a stylish and convenient base from which to catch the racing action, complete with open fires, an intimate bar, airy conservatory and outdoor terrace perfect for alfresco dinner and drinks. There’s still a handful of rooms just waiting to be snapped up, featuring all the creature comforts one could need, including a mini bar, Nespresso coffee machine, crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy robes and towels, and generous supplies of REN products – all set in chic surrounds of soft colour palettes, original artwork and beautiful textures.
SoGlos loves: You can’t stay at The Montpellier Chapter Hotel and not take advantage of its luxurious spa treatments, menu of British classics and innovative cocktails. Plus, there will be special race day brunches served throughout the week, between 10am and 1pm, featuring classic choices such as eggs bendict and fillet steak, to more heartier fare such as fish and chips, and the signature Chapter burger.
How much?: Room rates start from £375 per night, based on two people sharing.
To book: Call The Montpellier Chapter Hotel on (01242) 527788, email email@example.com or visit themontpellierchapterhotel.com directly.
Venue: The Wharf House Accommodation
The lowdown: This newly refurbished waterside restaurant and accommodation 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, walk-in WiFi, private en suite, a lockable safe 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.
How much?: Room rates start from £318 for two nights, based on two people sharing.
To book: Call The Wharf House on (01452) 332900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk directly.
Venue: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall
The lowdown: Conveniently situated three miles from Gloucester railway station, and just 10 miles from the racecourse, sits this elegant Georgian country house hotel surrounded by 12 acres of rolling park and woodland. All of its 72 spacious rooms include flat-screen televisions and WiFi, with some also offering lake views, grand four-poster beds, coffee machines, robes and slippers, and more luxurious add-ons. Cheltenham Festival guests can soak up stunning surrounds in springtime bloom whilst walking by the lake; catch some rays on the terrace; and dine in Bowden Hall’s grand Dearmans Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the hotel itself provides and excellent base from which to explore an array of nearby attractions, such as the historic Docks and vibrant Gloucester Guildhall, not to mention picture-perfect Cotswold towns and villages, including Upton St Leonards and Painswick.
SoGlos loves: Bowden Hall is taking all the hassle out of organising your own travel to Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup, with coaches departing each day of the event at 9.45am and returning at 6.30pm, costing just £7.50 per person each way. Spaces will be limited and must be pre-booked by calling 07585 118419.
How much?: Room rates start from £276 per night.
To book: Call Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall on 0844 815 9077, email email@example.com or visit mercuregloucester.co.uk directly.
SoGlos’s selection of Cheltenham budget hotels, Cheltenham mid-range hotels and Cheltenham luxury hotels are sure to prove full to capacity during Race Week, thanks to their proximity to Prestbury Park, with booking as far in advance as possible coming recommended.
Nearby Gloucester budget hotels and Gloucester mid-range hotels will be providing a popular alternative, with great rates and good access routes adding to the attractiveness of the city’s accommodation.
Cotswolds budget hotels, Cotswolds mid-range hotels and Cotswolds luxury hotels will also be pulling in plenty of racegoers too, particularly those keen on making their trip to Cheltenham Racecourse just part of their time spent relaxing in Gloucestershire.
While Stroud budget hotels, Stroud mid-range hotels and Stroud luxury hotels, situated at the meeting point of the Five Valleys, will provide racegoers the opportunity to explore some of Gloucestershire’s finest countryside while visiting the county.
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