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William Cecil

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A friend and I had booked separate rooms and requested very specific rooms next to each other during our stay - which was surprisingly accommodated and a wonderful surprise! The decor is charming, the tea kit very well stocked, breakfast is wonderful, and the rooms are nice and quiet. It was a really pleasant stay.

A friend and I went for a birthday lunch having booked the main dining room. On arrival we were shown into the small conservatory and told the dining room is not open during the week at lunch time!!! We did not have to wait too long for our order to be taken but it was a different story re the food. Starters of terrine (my guest) and my gravalax both took some time to appear - in fact we were on our second bottle of water before thy appeared! Very artistically presented . My guest said her terrine was very nice but with only two very tiny fried bits of melba toast with it made it difficult to eat. My gravalax consisted of four little ribbons of salmon done up in curls with a sauce and scattered pea shoots accompanied by the two fried melba toast bits . Looked very pretty but frankly it was utterly tasteless. We both had the Guinea Fowl for mains. These were delicious and very well presented but again we waited over an hour for it to show. Were on the verge of complaining frankly when they finally showed up. With a cappuccino the bill came to £70 so not a cheap lunch. There was a wedding on at the same time so I guess that contributed to the food delay. The hotel itself is in a lovely setting with beautiful floral displays on the outer terrace. Inside however some parts could do with a bit of refurbing.

We stayed at The William Cecil at the end of June - lovely building, lovely food but the rest was disappointing. We booked a standard room and asked for a room at the back away from traffic noise. Yes, we got that but it overlooked the kitchens and the room was VERY small. Not only that, the room and bathroom were on 4, yes, 4 levels - not good for an 80 year old man who has to get up in the night. The bed was comfortable and bed linen excellent as was the bathroom linen - but no slippers provided. Then service! We waited 45 mins for our dinner to arrive (yes, they were busy) and on the second morning we waited 45 mins for our breakfast. When paying the bill I complained and was given a 25% discount. I doubt if I'll visit again.

We were here July 2-6, 2017. Dear friends got married there on the 4th of July. What a perfect venue for a wedding! The grounds were simply gorgeous and the staff made sure all was perfect. We stayed on for a few days and were treated very well by the staff. All were friendly and helpful, especially Dale, He lifted our luggage up and down the stairs for us. He was very strong (he asked me to put this on the review). :D Fun, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our 25th wedding anniversary is coming up and I believe we may come back and remarry in England at the William Cecil.

Stayed here for two nights for a friends wedding. Had the guineas room which was a family room and was really great , spacious, well equipped with a good travel cot, though due to being at the top of the hotel and extremely warm weather the room was really hot! Thankfully a fan had been supplied! The other downside was various steps and doors to get through to get to the room which was a little tricky at times with a 4 month old and all the stuff that goes with her. All the staff within the hotel and for the wedding were brilliant creating a relaxed atmosphere and were especially accommodating with the baby, which was really appreciated, thankyou! The food was also great especially the black pudding and pineapple at breakfast! I would definitely recommend if you are staying in the area and also recommend for families.

We attended the wedding of friends and have to say what a beautiful perfect venue. Everything from the service in the gardens to the meal in the gazebo through to the room for the evening and being able to sit outside till late was beautiful. The food was all outstanding. We stayed overnight and our room was lovely - right down to the supplied fan which was much appreciated as it was so hot even with the window open. Breakfast was also wonderful. What was not to like - hope to go back for another visit as so much to do in the area.

Stayed here for one night on business in June 2017. Hotel and grounds are beautiful. Room was clean and spacious, bed was very comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Conservatory area is a lovely space to sit and have a drink and the bar prices are reasonable. Will definitely be staying again.

We've stayed here a number of times for business. This time around I booked a number of months early and asked for a garden facing room - I called a few days before we were due to go to the hotel and found we'd been allocated a room at the front. The receptionist changed our room and we were allocated room 2. When we arrived and checked out the room we were disappointed that it was at the back of the building on the ground floor with no view whatsoever - apart from of the kitchen and white walls of mostly ugly and enclosed space. The room itself is delightful and like all the rooms we've stayed in at the WC quirky quality. The manager was unable to move us because the hotel was fully booked - he suggested that if anything else came up he'd get back to me. I guess nothing ever did - because he never did get back to me! I think some kind of follow up from him would have been in keeping with the hotels attention to customer service. He actually told us that room 2 is the room allocated to people who request a quiet room - if you do want a quiet room and you want to have the windows open, then definitely don't take room 2 - it's right beside the kitchen which had windows open (of course it was hot!) so all evening we'd hear 'Service!' being shouted, pots and dishes banging about, people coming and going right outside our bedroom door (there was an exit door from the kitchen right at our bedroom window) and the people in the kitchen singing up a storm! While we really don't object to people singing while they go about their work, in fact some of it was positively melodious and joyful to hear, I'd really not in a month of Sundays describe this as a quiet room! We loved the bathroom and the shower and the lovely arches in the room (if you're tall you'll have to duck to get to the toilet), the bed was super comfy and we received such great service from the staff - it truly is a delightful hotel and one complaint does not a bad review make. Many thanks to Lily at reception and Tom in the bar who made us so welcome as well as to the numerous other staff who ensure that a stay at the William Cecil is such a pleasure - even if you do get a noisy room! We were given a 10% discount but would much rather the manager had followed up with us himself. I think we'd have been very happy with the room if some attention had been paid to making the little square patio area outside the room more attractive to look out on - some plants to pretty the area up for instance - maybe even make a kitchen garden out there - also there is a door leading out to the area which is blocked by a wardrobe in the room - this could be a real selling feature to have a room with private seating area - provided the normal noise from the kitchen could be moderated somehow. We'd definitely recommend and plan to stay here whenever business takes us back to Stamford.

The William Cecil was the venue for my son's wedding last Saturday. It was excellent and everything was very well organised. Dale provided 'master of ceremonies' services with humour and efficiency. Everyone had a great and memorable time. I would strongly recommend it.

We have been visiting Rutland for years as we have family living nearby but, as is often the case, we are always so busy just catching up on family stuff, we have never taken the time to explore the surrounding area. We therefore decided to stay a night in Stamford, somewhere we have often driven through, but never stopped in. The William Cecil appealed from it's website as a little bit quirky, whilst still being comfortable and cosy, and we weren't disappointed. Located right on the edge of the town, seemingly almost the last property on the left hand side, but still within easy walking distance of the bridge over the river and the town centre, the hotel is set in lovely grounds which, at this time of the year, are abundantly green and overflowing. Loads of parking space, shared with the sister hotel The Bull and Swan, which is a little further down the street and, presumably, for all the guests at the weddings they host, with a marquee in the garden. There is plenty of outdoor seating for drinks and coffee, with a cleverly designed hedge around it and huge planters with annuals in it for a bit of colour, a conservatory leads out from the bar with seating as well. The property is old and has been decorated in keeping with it's character but with quirky modern touches too so that it doesn't feel at all stuffy. We had a 'Chic' room right at the end of the hotel and 'up in the gods' so to speak, probably servants' quarters in the original building but, luckily for us after reading some reviews, with full height ceilings. Our room was spacious, with dark, solid wooden furniture, bouncy carpet, muted cappuccino and cream decor and soft lighting, amplified by plenty of table lamps. Two large singles made into a huge kingsize bed with fretwork (mirrored!) headboards and footboards and a large daybed which we used as a sofa but, I presume, could easily be made up into a single bed for a family or friends travelling together. No air conditioning but an enormous fan, almost industrial proportions which did the job of keeping us cool and nearly blowing us off the bed, but it was rather noisy. Tea and coffee making facilities with 'Teapigs' with teapot and a small cafetiere and sachets of ground coffee, plus some tasty gourmet biscuits. The hotel had also left us a small bottle of Elderflower Liqueur, together with a couple of shot glasses - a nice touch. A couple of bottles of water, proper glass glasses, super luxuriant towels and toiletries from the White Company all served to make the room and bathroom really comfortable. We had a bath with shower over. The water coming out of the hot tap was really hot, you would need to be careful. The bathroom was modern. Plenty of mirrors, a hairdryer, ironing board and iron and enough sockets to plug in and charge devices. A small TV on the wall, although we didn't actually turn it on. Wifi is free and of a good speed. There was plenty of information about the hotel provided in the room, together with a guide to Burleigh House and books on Stamford and Lincolnshire. Throughout the hotel there were books of all varieties on shelves dotted around and, downstairs there was a squishy sofa cosy lounge for residents. Staff were young, enthusiastic and really helpful. We did eat in the hotel for dinner - delicious. The bar is well stocked with a variety of gins and spirits and local beers. Breakfast was a relaxed affair with one of the most extensive breakfast menus we have seen - from Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royal, through the standard Full English to a sausage or bacon sandwich, smoked haddock, porridge, kippers and any type of eggs you would like. Toast is brought to the table, as is tea and/or coffee but you help yourself to a selection of fruit juices, cereal, pastries, fresh fruit and fresh fruit salad and a chunky home-made muesli with a selection of toppings to add. The lady on Reception was recommending a trip to Burleigh and the information in the hotel stated that you could access the estate from the hotel grounds. Certainly Stamford is a very attractive town with sandy buildings, huge churches, the river running through the middle and a wide selection of shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Now that we are retired, we are beginning to explore the smaller English towns and are finding so much character. We felt completely relaxed at The William Cecil, really comfortable accommodation, great food and ideally located, although, that said, it would be all too easy to just kick back and never leave the hotel, which would be a great shame as there is so much to do locally. We will definitely be returning.

St Martins Stamford England

Hotel highlights

  • Free English breakfast
  • Free in-room wired Internet
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

William Cecil places you within a short walk of Stamford Meadows and within a mile (2 km) of Burghley House. This 27-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free self parking. It's in the historical district and also within a 20-minute drive of St. Mary and All Saints and Fotheringhay Castle.


Free English breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 27 individually decorated rooms feature coffee makers, free bottled water, and phones. LCD TVs come with digital channels, and free wired Internet keeps guests connected. Beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

William Cecil features free WiFi in public areas, 3 meeting rooms, and coffee in a common area. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and free newspapers.

Room options

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

84% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 700 reviews