- Best time to visit: Winter (in our opinion).
- Easy to find?: Yes, located on the Broadway High Street.
- Staff hospitality: Excellent, friendly and courteous service during our visit.
- General mobile reception: (3G/4G) Intermittent weak signal in this area.
- WiFi: Yes, available for hotel guests.
- Dog Friendly: Yes, in the Jockey Bar.
- Child Friendly: Yes.
- Food: Wide selection, and very good value for money.
- Parking: For hotel guests to the rear of the hotel.
- Sponsored post: No, this post is based purely on our experience at the time.
The Broadway Hotel is an award-winning Cotswold venue situated on the Broadway High Street, look out for the dome shaped yew trees close to the war memorial and nestled directly behind them you will notice the timber and honey-coloured limestone hotel tucked back from the “broad way” (the wide grass-fringed main street).
Built in the 16 Century as a rural retreat for the Abbots of Pershore, The Broadway Hotel has obviously had some modifications during the ages, however, much of the buildings character and history clearly speak through each softened footstep on the well-worn flagstone floors and every creek of it’s aged and warped floorboards. It seems the people of long-ago were tiny in stature, not forgetting to bow whilst passing through some doors can lead to a bump on the head.
The decor inside is modest, quaint and exactly what you would expect from a true Cotswold hotel, the general look and feel suggesting that of an old English Tavern. The interior stylist for The Broadway Hotel has gone to great lengths to harmonise the old building with new expectations from today’s modern tourist. Yes it does have WiFi.
If you visit, you’ll begin to notice that some of the decor, and certainly the hotel suites (named after winners) show their affiliation to the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The hotel is only a short drive from the race track itself, making it an ideal stay for horse racing fans who love the racing, but perhaps loath the packed atmosphere of Cheltenham afterwards. By all accounts The Broadway Hotel is very popular during race-meets, so ensure you book early to avoid any disappointment.
The room we stayed in was spacious and clean, with antiquated fittings surrounding modern conveniences adding to the experience that we were staying deep in the countryside and away from the stress of modern-life. The balance of contemporary and traditional being once again finely tuned in the work done by the hotel stylist(s). The bed was comfortable and warm, and the room had coffee/tea making facilities, so, we were happy bunnies.
We admit though, we are bathroom people. Somehow we always happen to light-heartedly judge the places we stay on the merit of their bathroom facilities and decor. The Broadway Hotel provides Molton Brown toiletries for its guests, an immediate gold star from us. The bathroom itself was a little small, but not so much that it mattered, it was very clean and well presented with towels that were soft and plenty. The shower water-pressure was very good and the water temperature never faltered during our stay.
We dined in both of the hotel eateries, the Jockey Bar at the front, and oldest part of the hotel serve a selection of meals that offer more finesse for your palate that just your average pub-food. Well presented and carefully selected ingredients are combined together to create dishes that left us giving each other knowing nods of appreciation. The Jockey Bar prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of food you get. We also ate in the Tatersalls restaurant to the rear of the hotel, a modern glass and wood construction adding additional dining space to the hotel itself, the two areas are married nicely with matching decor. The Tattersalls itself has the finer dining feel, offering the brasserie experience in a comfortable and friendly environment. The dishes are once again well prepared and often use local seasonal ingredients. We must note that the staff in the Tatersalls, and indeed the whole hotel, we very helpful and polite, they kept the wine flowing too!
When did we go?
We visited The Broadway Hotel in November, and this we felt was the ideal time to go. We were able to take advantage of the roaring log fire in the Jockey Club bar, which gave the hotel that lovely open fire smell that brings you out of the cold and into the warm. During the winter months there are less tourists around and there is also the added bonus of Broadway being lit up with festive lights for Christmas, the town going the extra mile for the season, you’ll definitely enjoy a night stroll up the main street admiring the displays that each gift shop has to offer, neatly adorned with traditional English decorations.