The Chequers Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Held a great party for my mum's 70th at The Chequers in Newbury. The team, expertly led by manager Sophie and Queen, did an amazing job making sure everything went smoothly before and on the night. The food was very good and the whole event was reasonably priced. I'd definitely recommend it for a party. Karen
PROS 1. Lovely, friendly staff who clearly like what they do. 2. Warm, comfortable, large rooms with clean linen. 3. Reasonable prices for the stay, cheap bar prices. 4. Located directly in town centre. One Stop (convenience shop) is only 10mins walk away and open until 11pm. CONS 1. Housekeeping a little haphazard. They forgot to replenish sweetener and forgot to replace the breakfast-in-bed order form door hanger. I would have ordered it again! 2. Noisy location if bedroom at the front. Single glazed sash windows means you may need earplugs. 3. Door access card did not work two days in a row. First time blamed on me carrying it next to my smartphone. Second time all of our party (4 people) lost access to their rooms. Took them a while to reboot their computers and they reprogrammed our cards. Staff very apologetic, though. SUMMARY I’d certainly stay here again. The combination of friendly staff, good food and a nice big, clean room more than outweighs it being a little rough around the edges.
I checked in The Chequers for a business trip and here are my observations: - very well located, centrally, steps away from bars and pubs for a dinner and beer with colleagues - small, old, smelly :( entrance and hallways - staff was friendly and helpful - breakfast very limitted, not very generous for european travellers Not sure that I’ll stay here again.
The Chequers has been part of Newbury's fabric for generations, and although the stay is perfectly adequate, it lacks a certain something to make it really stand out from the crowd. First things first, it is perfectly positioned to access the town by foot, and to get on to the main roads around it which lead you to the nearby attractions. And Newbury is a classy little place - the epitome of middle-class England and a fabulously entertaining location for a weekend if strolling along the canal, having a drink in numerous pubs and a choice of restaurants too. But I digress...the hotel... It's an old school place which has clearly taken a bit of a leaf out of the Premier Inn book when it comes to room design and colour schemes (lots of purple used). Obviously, these reviews can only speak from personal experience, but the room we were in - one which sits on the 'bridge' over the car park connecting the two sides of the hotel did suffer from a fair amount of noise generated by those chatting and laughing as they walked through it late at night. With a warm night and the window slightly ajar, it did mean you were woken up fairly easily. Not a massive gripe, but a bit of a one nonetheless. Also, and as much as I abhor those who seem to relish in banging on about the state of their bathroom, the toilet seat we had was loose when we got there, and by the time we checked out had snapped off...a right pain in the backside (boom boom). Plus, when a fire alarm went off - a false alarm as it transpired, set off by someone's deodorant (!) - and we traipsed down some back stairs to the fire escape, when we emerged in the car park, there was not one member of staff to advise us to return and we ended up going back into the hotel to ask at reception what was going on. Bit odd. The building, a former coach house and the decor harks back to the town's rural, and particularly equine, history. Then there are the rooms spruced up for the modern era; the result of which is a sometimes uncomfortable combination of styles. But let's not be too harsh. There's plenty of parking spaces, the breakfast was good (the location of which varied on the two days we were there - first morning it was a 'order your full English with the waiter' the following a buffet set up. And plenty of it. Service was generally good - there was a fair delay waiting for someone to appear at the bar one evening, but nothing too hideous - and there was plenty of coffee in the room and a sensible size kettle - a rare treat. All in all, it's good value, great location and a comfortable stay...but you will feel that it could just go a little further to make it a really memorable one.
My wife & I stayed for 1 night. Must say i can't agree with last review. The hotel is tired but it's clean & presentable or at least the parts we saw. Our room was a lot bigger than we expected as we only paid £75. There was some road noise during the daytime but you have expect that. The hotel is only across the road from all the shops. The breakfast was extra £9.50. But as hotel breakfasts go, not bad. If we go back to Newbury again we would look to stop their again.
THE worst hotel I have ever visited. You are greeted by this damp smell, extremely outdated carpets which I believe were used for at least 100 years by a pub at some point.... There is unfortunately nothing good I can say about this place, the windows were broken, room itself dirty, bed sheets stained and decorated with hairs :) Unfortunately it gets even worse, checked in on Wednesday evening and reported the hot water not working which the receptions did not really care about and asked me to wait until tomorrow morning... the heating was not working, windows didn't open nor close properly. Bathroom very outdated, toilet dirty and stained. The hot water of course was not fixed by the time we woke up in the morning (stayed at the "hotel" with colleagues, around 15 of us who all shared the same experience and some even worse - blood stained sheets etc.) AVOID IF YOU CAN - BETTER OFF SLEEPING ON THE STREET!
It was a good long 2 week stay for work purpose. Good rooms. Location is great and connects to the shops at Newbury. But the housekeeping services are not that good. Everyday they would just keep back the same towels, arrange the sheets but not change them.. They don't clean the bathrooms regularly. Food is okay if you are used to the English breakfast. Staff is good, cordial and friendly.
We booked into this hotel for one night only, and as we paid around £70 I didn't expect very much. However, the room we were given was absolutely beautiful (bridal suite), with a bathroom on a separate level and a huge 4 poster. It was very clean, comfortable and pleasant. Perfect location for the town centre, quiet, could use a little updating. Hotel staff were really polite and helpful and the location is absolutely perfect in the centre of Newbury at one end of the High Street. Free parking on site and plenty of it which is always nice. Room was spotless and bed comfortable and a decent size. Hotel has a very old, comfortable feel about it with creaky floors and wonky windows in the section we stayed in which we found quite charming actually. It's quite sprawling and deceptively large. Good value for money and as stated you will not find a better location for dumping the car and enjoying Newbury.
Booked one night in this hotel ,room was large ,clean ,very comfortable king size bed floorboards creaked but was not problem ideal location and plenty free parking .cheaper than the local weather spoon hotel where you had to pay for car park as well .Will definitely be returning .
Nice old style hotel,the twin room was good size with large bathroom.The room was clean and tidy ,with comfortable bed .The floorboards were bit creaky ,though not really problem .This is perfect location close to town centre .Also ideal for day at Newbury races ,with the racecourse only around mile away (25 min walk ) .The only complaint was the breakfast,the beans ,scrambled Egg & toast was barely warm .At nearly £10.00 I thought it was poor value .
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42% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 324 reviews