A city stay with a royal connection…
Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)
Double room from £80 per night, breakfast £9.50 per person
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Set on the edge of Bestwood Park, with incredible views of the city laid out beneath it, Bestwood Lodge Hotel is a magnificent example of Victorian architecture with a history that extends far back into the mists of time.
Built in the grounds of Charles II hunting lodge, it's easy to imagine why the King would choose to entertain here (most famously his mistress Nell Gwynn!).
This perfectly peaceful spot is equally intriguing to modern-day visitors, with its classic Victorian frontage of red brick and a beautiful interior. Boasting an open fire, the galleried reception hall with bar is overlooked by a magnificent skylight and tapestries of days gone by, giving it a really cosy feel.
Unlike many 'chain' hotels, Best Western Bestwood Lodge Hotel has plenty of character, not just in its public areas, but in its guest rooms too. An elegant staircase leads to the gallery and bedrooms – my room, the Huntingdon, had a very comfortable double bed with elegant decor and the usual facilities. The bathroom was in need of modernisation, but the hotel is in the middle of a refurbishment programme that will be completed by the summer.
For me it's the staff who make a stay memorable and this was certainly the case here. As a solo visitor I was made to feel welcome on a very busy weekend for the hotel, who answered questions readily and couldn't do enough to help!
The hotel bar complete with the all-important coffee machine is also open to non-residents, perfect for a hot drink after a walk in the woods!