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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We stayed at the Salisbury Arms for a school reunion (late 13th century!) in Hertford and nearby Ware. I'd heard and read some stuff about noise in the main street so I'd already shied away from one or two other hotels, but this one gets less criticism for that so thought we'd give it a go. We didn't regret it! I did raise the question of noise while checking my booking (I'd made it through an online third-party system which is usually reliable but I have been let down once by such a system so no harm in checking.) The nice lady to whom I spoke was refreshingly honest about the noise and on the basis of her honesty (and the belief that having a small drink inside you doesn't hurt) we went ahead with the booking. Good move!

What actually happened was that there was a sort of happy background burble for a while, then a bit of a peak around 2am as people left, found cabs, picked their friends up from the pavement (hic!) etc. This was maybe 20 minutes' worth, was no worse than what goes on up and down our street at home, and honestly did not represent a problem for our enjoyment of our stay. This is the payoff for the fact that you are in a beautiful, historic building right in the town centre: you choose one, you get the other. If you wanted perfect velvet silence on a Saturday night then this would not be your hotel de choix, but if you can tolerate a bit of jolly/drunk sounds in return for the fabulous building and location, the you have got yourselves a deal.

We had an "executive double" room and it was very nice indeed - plenty of space, a really decent sized bathroom with a real bath, and a very comfortable homely feeling. I can't report on the comfort of the bed as I was out like a light - oh hang on, I just have. The building is a hoot - I think it has a date on it of 15xx somewhere - and this is reflected in the changing floor and ceiling levels, eccentric routes through the building, etc. Check out the lovely curvy woodwork downstairs in the entrance and bar!

We had the hotel breakfast as it was included in the tariff - this was excellent and really offered you the ability to fill up for the day, if you were so inclined. The staff here, as in reception, were lovely. I felt genuinely welcomed.

Rather amazingly for its location the Salisbury Arms actually has its own car-park, up Bell Lane on the right of the building (looking from in front). Finding the way in was an interesting moment but this was just my GPS being stupid and my being stupider - there's a one-way system which meant that I'd have done better to specify the exact spot, not somewhere near the front of the hotel. I ended up doing a slightly illegal manoeuvre to get across the front of the hotel to Bell Lane but hey, victimless crime. The car-park has CCTV from reception, which is reassuring. I found the car-park a big plus when you think what a faff it can be sometimes.

In summary, if you are very sensitive to noise don't sleep here on Saturday nights unless well tanked up. If you can compromise a bit, trading noise for the rest of the fantastic experience, then this is a terrific hotel. I would be back there next weekend given half a chance, believe me.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank vogel421
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Salisbury Arms earlier this month for one night. We enjoyed our stay very much and would definitely return.

The hotel building is very old but charming and clean. Check-in was very easy and smooth. Our room faced the street and had a large window and window seat with a nice view of the street. Sometimes when you stay in older places you get concerned if you move the curtains or walk in the corners of the room you will kick up a bunch of dust. Not the case at the Salisbury Arms. The room was spacious and clean. The linens were soft and the bed comfortable.

We spent some time in the pub downstairs and found that enjoyable as well. They had a good selections of beer and wine.

Smooth check out. The staff was helpful in getting a cab. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Mike005
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

This hotel is often fully booked, for good reason as it offers great value in the heart of Hertford. Rooms are good and restaurant is excellent with some good deals.
Good selection of real ales in the bars with a traditional welcoming ambience from their excellent staff.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank Steve M
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

Even though only spending one day at the Salisbury Arms the overall experience was a good one. A small hotel housed in an old building, as can be noticed by the narrow corridors and creaky wooden floors. This is not a detriment however but adds a nice charming atmosphere to the place. The room was a "deluxe" version and was very well kept and quite spacious. The bathroom was a pleasant surprise with a good sized bath tub.

A nice experience and you get the feeling that the owner(s) pay attention to keeping the rooms tidy and in good condition. A downside might be the somewhat clunky wooden bedframe but this shouldn't stop a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank LenB_SE
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

I haven't stayed in the hotel but if you are looking for a quiet drink and bar meal while visiting Hertford this seems to be the only place where a the occasion will not be spoiled by noisy children in bar areas as they are not allowed. I just hope they don't change this policy..

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LMGHerts
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