We have just returned from a long weekend at The Castle, and overall we had a very nice stay, but not without it's flaws. The building itself is stunning, and sitting out in the garden enjoying a drink on a sunny Spring evening was a welcome treat after our long drive down. Having read several reviews here advising that the hotel could be noisy I actually emailed the hotel directly to ask if it would be possible to put us in a quiet room as we were coming for a relaxing "get away from it all" break. Reception emailed me straight back (very good customer relations!) to say they would do all they can to ensure we had a relaxing time. So we weren't best impressed to be given a room on the first floor, just above the main hotel entrance, overlooking the car park and at the top of the main staircase that all guests use to move between floors in the hotel. Having experienced quite a bit of noise from the car park overnight, and on learning there was a wedding at the hotel on the Saturday we asked to be moved to a quieter room and the hotel were very obliging and moved us to the third floor. The room did still overlook the car park but was much quieter. Just a shame it was opposite the lift which was also incredible noisy! So if you are a light sleeper or after pure peace and quiet (as we were!) either check with the hotel this will be possible, or pack your ear plugs! Thankfully the hotel itself was pretty quiet, but had it been busy the noise would have been unbearable.
The location of the hotel was great and as others have said, the free car park is a brilliant bonus. The decor of the superior room was nice enough, and noticeably brighter than the standard room we were moved to on our second night, but would definitely echo the other reviews that the decor is looking very tired. In room facilities all very good though and no complaints with the accomoodation itself.
Breakfast was lovely, loved the fact all the produce was locally sourced, and the hotel's home made muesli is well worth a try! We didn't eat in the hotel restaurant, Brazz, but the couple who were checking out in front of us on Sunday morning were complaining about how awful it was.... all I can say is it looked nice enough, but looked more like a cafe you'd have lunch in than an evening meal place.
So whilst we did have an enjoyable stay, I'd exercise caution in booking The Castle depending on the type of trip you are looking for.
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- The Castle at Taunton, your hotel in the heart of Somerset. Whether you are exploring the finest landscapes of England's West Country, seeking a wedding or conference venue or looking for fun and exciting holiday activities for the entire family - The Castle Hotel offers unrivaled accommodation with plenty of warm, friendly hospitality to make your West Country business or pleasure visit memorable. ... more less
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- The Castle Hotel Taunton
- The Castle Taunton
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