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England's most complete Regency town has shrugged off its reputation as staid and conservative and makes an ideal and very stylish base for touring in the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Bath, less than 100 miles from London. It boasts a wide range of acoommodation and the best places to stay in Cheltenham can offer something for everyone, from those on a tight budget, to those seeking decadent luxury.

Regency town houses characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces of the town and many have been converted to some of the best places to stay in Cheltenham.

In addition Cheltenham can offer award-winning gardens, plus an impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and its festivals of horse racing, music and literature. The best places to stay in Cheltenham, once dowdy to say the least, now range from trendy hotels to warmly welcoming privately run guesthouses to a branch of the funky budget Big Sleep hotels.

Best places to stay in Cheltenham

For a tight budget

  • For those on a tight budget, one of the best places to stay in Cheltenham, undoubtedly has to be The Big Sleep. Superbly located in the Regency heart of town, it offers brilliant value for money (rates include a continental breakfast) with a range of minimalistic rooms boasting a wide range of facilities. Great service too.

For Race-goers

  • If you're heading for the Races, then book Ellenborough Park. Just on the outskirts of town, and a short hop from the racetrack, it has all the amenities you could possibly think of. Luxury comes as standard and the restaurant boasts 3 AA Rosettes, but it's certainly not cheap.

For city breaks

If Cheltenham is your destination of choice for a short break, the best places to stay have to be central, in the heart of the action.

  • Book Hotel du Vin for their large comfy beds and renowned large power showers. Plus there's a great brasserie and lively bar.
  • Montpellier Chapter is a sophisticated property offering smart modern interiors behind a grand exterior. The restaurant here has food writer Simon Hopkinson as mentor.
  • Hanover House is a city centre family run B&B, just minutes from the shops, bars and restaurants. Come here for bedrooms full of books, paintings and bright rugs and throws.

Browse our selection of the best places to stay in Cheltenham and start to plan your visit. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our Gloucestershire recommendations.

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  • Montpellier Chapter


    Understated, sophisticated hotel behind a neoclassical facade that mixes modern and traditional to good result. Contemporary bedrooms some with large free standing baths. British and European classics served in the brasserie. Centrally located in a hip part of town. A chic option.

    61 rooms from $77
    City Style  -  A chic contemporary hotel with regency charm in the fashionable Montpellier district.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Pittville Pump Rooms and sample the healing waters.
    Great walks  -  Explore the quintessentially British Cotswold countryside.
    Spa  -  Small spa offering treatments with REN products.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • The Big Sleep


    Great value for money with a town centre location and contemporary design throughout. Simple rooms some dormitory style and a bar that serves up drinks and refreshments. Well sized meeting room and extensive breakfast buffet. Ideal for exploring Cheltenham on a budget.

    60 rooms from $87
    Value chic  -  An ideal budget option, just a ten minute walk from the centre and boasts special rates at local restaurants.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Pitville Pump Rooms and learn a little of their history.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • The Cheltenham Townhouse

    Cheltenham (Gloucestershire)

    Regency property located in a leafy corner, just five minutes walk from Cheltenham centre. Rooms are decorated in neutral palettes with big beds, soft furnishings and spacious bathrooms. There are also five studio apartments. A luxurious, central stay and excellent value for money.

    21 rooms from $100
    Sights nearby  -  The Pittville Pump Room (the UK's largest spa building) and Cheltenham Town Hall are both worth a visit.
  • The Bradley


    Located in the desirable Montpellier district of town this Regency house has been in the same family for over 100 years. Rooms are decorated in a traditional Edwardian style with antiques, rich fabrics and four poster beds yet with all modern amenities and bathrooms. A local breakfast is served.

    8 rooms from $113
    Sights nearby  -  The period properties of Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Snowshill Manor, Hidcote Manor and Lodge Park are all worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Lineover Wood & Ravensgate Hill, just on the outskirts of town, have beautiful vistas of the English countryside.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 11 are welcome.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Hanover House


    Elegant and instantly welcoming B&B in the centre of town. Full of warmth, colour and personality. Only three rooms in this intimate family home full of antiques. Traditional breakfasts served in a spacious Victorian dining room on blue and white china. A charming base for local exploring.

    3 rooms from $141
    Hideaway  -  A cosy little home from home in a Grade-II listed Victorian townhouse with welcoming drawing room and open fires.
    Great walks  -  Excellent walking nearby in the Malverns or the Forest of Dean.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Ellenborough Park

    Cheltenham (Southam)

    16th century rambling manor restored to its former glory in a beautiful Costwolds setting. Opulent luxury suites boast antiques, four posters and Nina Campbell interiors. A serious country house hotel, with spa, pool and gourmet dining for the ultimate indulgent getaway.

    62 rooms from $227
    Country Escape  -  Set in 90 acres of stunning National Trust land, with flower filled gardens and a lovely heated pool, just outside Cheltenham.
    Spa breaks  -  A well equipped spa with a juice bar, mood showers and an extensive treatment list using therapies from the East and West.
    Great walks  -  Borrow hunter wellies and brollies for a stroll in the Cotswolds.
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Hotel Du Vin Cheltenham


    An old townhouse turned designer hotel in the fashionable district of Montpellier. Rooms feature romantic dark hues, Egyptian cotton sheets and in room freestanding baths. Enjoy the Brasserie food, buzzy bar and pampering spa services. Ideally placed to easily access Cheltenham and its surrounds.

    49 rooms from $262
    Local exploring  -  Well placed in the stylish Montpellier district, perfect for exploring the historic spa town and famous racecourse.
    Total relaxation  -  Bask in the glorious spa, plush suites, pampering service and fine dining at the trendy in house restaurant.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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