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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.
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.
- 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.
Best Hotels in Cheltenham
Montpellier Chapter 61 rooms from $73Cheltenham
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.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 60 rooms from $83Cheltenham
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.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 21 rooms from $96Cheltenham (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.Sights nearby - The Pittville Pump Room (the UK's largest spa building) and Cheltenham Town Hall are both worth a visit.
The Bradley 8 rooms from $108Cheltenham
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.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.OpulentRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Beaumont House 16 rooms from $120Cheltenham
Five star hotel in a 19th century country house. Vibrant rooms styled with Asian or African accents have big bathrooms and elegant furniture. Great breakfasts served by attentive and friendly staff. Large gardens and off-road parking. A charming choice to explore Cheltenham and the Cotswolds.Local exploring - Fantastic base to explore the region & Cheltenham's plethora of festivals: folk, jazz, food, science, music, literature & horsesGreat walks - Take a trip through nearby Cotswolds - an area of outstanding natural beautySights nearby - Visit Gloucester's 11th century Cathedral, the historic docksFull of characterRecommended by - Sawdays
Hanover House 3 rooms from $135Cheltenham
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.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
No. 131 11 rooms from $153Cheltenham
Attractive townhouse hotel in the heart of Cheltenham. The beautifully decorated rooms with white and pastel grey colours and are appointed with stylish furnishings. Have a drink in the atmospheric bar before sampling some delicious locally sourced produce at the hotel's restaurant. A Georgian gem.Foodies - Gourmands will be in heaven- excellent locally sourced cuisine, a fantastic wine and cheese room and a broad range of cocktails.Romantic Break - An ideal romantic getaway with chic suites, deep soaking tubs, vibrant bar and fantastic restaurant.Sights nearby - Explore Cheltenham, a beautiful spa town packed with colonnaded terraces and grand gardens.Great walks - Take a trip to the Cotswolds for country walks and pretty honey-coloured villages.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
No. 38 The Park 13 rooms from $192Cheltenham
Beautiful Georgian townhouse hotel set in a park off the town centre. Rooms are plush and spacious, many being fitted with beautiful roll tubs. Perfect launchpad for exploring the spa towns, lovely Georgian streets, or even a day trip into the Cotswolds. Elegant and understated with a cool twist.Families - Bring the kids and the pooch- all are catered for with babysitting services, cots, special dog beds, bowls and treats!Romantic Break - A hip spot to getaway from it all, with in room rolltop baths, plush bedding, cool interiors and delicious food.Sights nearby - Sudeley Castle is six miles away and well worth checking out for anyone with an interest in history.Birdwatching - Good stopping point for those on a birdwatching trip to the Cotswold.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Tablet
Ellenborough Park 62 rooms from $217Cheltenham (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.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 poolRecommended by - Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith
Hotel Du Vin Cheltenham 49 rooms from $250Cheltenham
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.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.SpaRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide