Having recently spent a glorious weekend discovering everything that Cheltenham has to offer, I wanted to share a little about where we stayed. But also, what to expect of this unique quirky Regency Town. The Queens Hotel In Cheltenham really does deserve its own post. Why? Because not only is it a glorious hotel, but the location of the Queens Hotel is perfect for a weekend break in Cheltenham.
Additionally there’s so much going on nearby to ensure your weekend is jam packed. Therefore you’ll never get bored visiting Cheltenham.
Nestled on the doorstep of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is better known for country breaks, boutique festivals and horse racing. I imagine these are all such incredible times to visit. But what about when there is no big event on, would Cheltenham be a great place to visit?
I have compiled a list of events and experiences in out out of peak festival times to give you a little inspiration and help you decide the best time of the year to visit.
Facilities At The Queens Hotel In Cheltenham
The Queens Hotel is located in the perfect location for visitors wanting to explore Cheltenham by foot. Overlooking the Imperial Square, there is always something going on. But the Queens is also minutes from the centre of town, shopping areas, bars and restaurants.
You will find the styling of the Queen Hotel fitting of the Regency setting of Cheltenham. But with a modern twist that makes the hotel feel luxurious yet historic and contemporary all at the same time.
With a mix of cool blues, greys and rich reds that all blend together so well, to create an opulent but relaxed vibe, that makes you want to grab a chair and cocktail and people watch.
The hotel bar is small, but cool and chilled out. You will also find a relaxed lounge just off the reception which is the perfect place to chill after a day exploring.
Also I would thoroughly recommend you check out Victoria’s, the Queens Hotels very own à la carte restaurant. Offering a menu with favourites such as lamb shepherds pie, salmon and steak, our food was perfectly cooked and delicious. Thus whilst you will be tempted to get out and explore, I would plan your break to eat in for at least one night of your stay.
Our room was tastefully decorated, well equipped with a coffee machine, hairdryer, power shower and views over Imperial Square. Whilst the bed was comfy with squashy pillows, this is always make or break for me. There’s nothing worse that flat pillows right?
Getting To The Queens Hotel In Cheltenham
The Queens hotel is easy to access from Cheltenham Spa train station my taxi ride was less than 10 minutes and cost me £8. Although whilst at the Station make sure you check out the art on the wall outside, its Extraordinary. Alternatively there is secure on site parking path the Queens Hotel for an extra fee.
Also please do check out Cathy’s comprehensive review of the hotel for an in-depth look at the Queens Hotel, rooms and decor. However do read on to see what adventures are at your fingertips during your stay.
10 Reasons You Have To Stay At The Queens Hotel In Cheltenham In 2022
Being a festival town there’s always something going on in Cheltenham. I am going to share the hottest Cheltenham Tickets of 2022, with a guide to events and suggestions to try out throughout the year. All which are close to the Queens Hotel.
Thus making It the perfect base for your trip and a welcome place to return after a busy day. Or indeed visit out of season to make the most of the extensive shopping and dining options.
Cheltenham For Horse Racing And Concerts
The Cheltenham festival is a huge deal, with events running from the 15th-18th March 2022, check out the Jockey Club for Cheltenham Festival tickets. Yes, the racecourse is not in town, however its not far out at all and easily accessible by taxi or a regular bus service to and from the train station and town centre.
Of course there are many other race meets and events at Cheltenham Race Course throughout the year and notably a chance to see Paul Weller in April, UB40 in May and for families, the Paw Patrol live in August. On a side note if you haven’t seen Paul Weller go, he’s incredible.
Cheltenham For Book Lovers
The Cheltenham Literature Festival will take place 7 – 16 October 2022 is firmly on my list for this year. If you’re a literature fan I have been reliably informed this is not one to miss.
The Literature festival aims to inspire readers of all ages. It’s also a great way to excite children and teens about the magical world of literature and engage as a family. Or indeed for book lovers to get lost in the magic of books.
Science Events In Cheltenham
Did you know that Cheltenham holds its very own Science festival? With past speakers such as Professor’s Brian Cox and Alex Roberts, there’s everything from space to dinosaurs, thus offering something for every one.
Aimed at inspiring the whole family with School shows, family events and lectures of a more intellectual nature. The Cheltenham Science festival is running from the 7th-12th June 2022.
Music Lovers Cheltenham
The Cheltenham Jazz festival is running events from 22nd April until the 2nd May, this is the perfect way to enjoy Cheltenham and take in some great music. With events going on in multiple locations, it really is a wonderful way to enjoy exploring and the chilled out jazz vibe at the same time.
If you like a more intimate affair then visit Cheltenham at a quieter time, book a tour with the wonderful Sean from Offbeat Cotswolds. Sean offers a variety of guided tours, which take in the history of Cheltenham.
Not only is this a great way to find out the history of Cheltenham, its also the perfect way to get your bearings before heading off to explore alone.
If you haven’t taken a guided tour before? I can’t recommend it enough, local guides are experts on their area and mostly passionate about their subject. Sean was so engaging, his tour was interesting and informative, and groups are small and manageable to enable you to be able to ask questions.
Cheltenham For Foodies
I have created a guide to help you find the best restaurants in Cheltenham. However what I will tell you is book a few days. There are so many places to eat, with a huge choice of options for all budgets and tastes. you really will want to stay for a few day. But will still leave with a foodie wish list, I guarantee.
Shopping Near To The Queens Hotel, Cheltenham
Cheltenham is a shoppers paradise! Head to Montpellier for individual boutiques and shops. Alternatively, the Promenade is the place to go for favourites such as Jo Malone, Hobbs, Anthrolpologie and the White Stuff. Its the perfect street in Cheltenham too wander, shop and stop for cocktails.
Or head to the High Street for more main stream shops such a John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Next and River Island. And if you’re traveling with teens you will also find Primark on the High Street.
Additionally, check out the individual shops, boutiques and indie shops, brands and even a vinyl record shop on Bath Road and in the Tovoli area. Here you will also find a selection of cafe and bars to stop and people watch.
Theatre In Cheltenham
Theatre is one of my favourite pastimes and a the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is offering a wonderful selection of shows who perform as part of UK Tours in 2022. Just some theatre shows you can expect to find in Cheltenham this year…..
Festive Events In Cheltenham
Cheltenham turns into a winter wonderland during the festive period, with the Cheltenham Ice Rink, Christmas Markets, and Sudeley Castle Lights, there is so much to see and do.
It’s the perfect place to go for a romantic winters break, shopping break or take the family and enjoy all the festive activities Cheltenham has too offer families at Christmas. Also, it’s worth noting that the Queens Hotel decorations just add to the festive feels.
Cheltenham For Families
If you are planning a trip with the family, there are lots of activities and festivals above. Cheltenham is a family place, and staying at the Queens Hotel In Cheltenham means that little legs do not have far to walk to access everything Cheltenham has to offer.
But also check out Cathy’s post as she has done the research and found lots of family accessible activities, museums and family adventures.
The Queens Hotel In Cheltenham, My Thoughts?
I adored every second I spent in Cheltenham. The Queens Hotel is friendly, with a styled finish, yet with a nod to its past, with its lovingly restored historical features it feels special.
Breakfast was plentiful, and offered options for all tastes. Dinner was delicious and the location was perfect for exploring the surrounding area. I wouldn’t hesitate to book again.
Please note we were guests of visit Cheltenham, however my research and opinions are all my own.