The Barns Hotel Bedford Hotel Review

by Jack North

After using the Barns Hotel Bedford last year for Christmas lunch we decided to get a room here to stay with our visiting parents. From a price perspective room rates are reasonable, we paid £89 per double room excluding breakfast. This is a little cheaper than other hotels in the area such as the Bedford Swan but still giving a more upmarket experience in comparison to the local Travelodge or Premier Inn.

The centre of the experience at the barns is the old converted barn building itself, whilst this is reserved for wedding functions etc, rooms have a great view of old style wood and brick work barn which gives the hotel its namesake and country feel.

Rooms are contemporary and modern in feel, but do not feel overly clinical. Each of the rooms had a large comfortable double bed, large wall mounted plasma TV and furnishings were tasteful without being over the top including the use of reclaimed oak furniture. The room also contained a wide selection of teas and coffee, a welcome departure from the usual one or two tea bags provided.

The restaurant is an attractive affair with traditional country décor including exposed wooden beams and an array of wine bottles and wine paraphernalia, in addition the restaurant has attractive views out over the Great River Ouse making for an pleasant and relaxing dining experience. The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes with a notable selection of game based options including duck and rabbit, as well as a well stocked wine list. Prices can be a little on the high side and we found that the meals in the hotel ended up costing more than the rooms themselves. This stated, ingredients were fresh and service levels of an acceptable standard.

All in all the Barns Hotel Bedford is a lovely place to stay, book a room here if you want a place with a country feel that in reality is just a few miles from the town centre. We’d defiantly go back.

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