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Friday, 23 February 2018

Queens Hotel Cheltenham | What I Look For In A Hotel

Queens Hotel Cheltenham Luxury Hotel Review
How on Earth has it been over two weeks since I shared my Instagram Guide to Cheltenham?!  I've hit publish on a fair few new posts since then, however the intensity of my love for the town hasn't dwindled.  Not at all.  Not even a little bit.  I stayed at Queens Hotel Cheltenham for my staycation in Cheltenham due to its fabulous reputation, clean refurbished interior design and prime location (my room literally overlooked the Imperial Gardens!).  The stay was perfect from beginning to end; starting with an upgrade and ending with a late checkout.  So, my time there sparked a thought - what do I look for when booking a hotel?  More to the point, what exactly makes a stay special enough to want to eagerly share it here for you to read?!  
Queens Hotel Cheltenham Lobby Entrance Hall
Reading Cheltenham Magazine in Hotel Room


As I mentioned, the stay started with an upgrade, meaning a beautiful view of the Imperial Gardens was on the cards from a couple of floors up, along with vast, symmetrical windows looking out onto the Promenade and its tree-lined avenue.  Thinking back, I think the room was directly in the centre of the hotel at the front, above the rotating doors.  Should I return (which I certainly plan to), that will undoubtedly be the room I request.  Similar to how the location of the actual hotel is important for reaching the places highest on your to-see list, the location of the room itself is just as key.  I tend to do my absolute best to avoid rooms directly by lifts or above kitchens and dining rooms.  Oh, and a gorgeous view never hurts!     

Psst!  If you're heading to Queens Hotel Cheltenham, be sure to request a room that overlooks the Imperial Gardens.
Cheltenham Luxury Hotel Interior Design Lobby
Cheltenham Queens Hotel Lobby Afternoon Tea
Cheltenham Queens Hotel White Building Exterior

I N T E R I O R   D E S I G N

Personally?  Neutrals.  Neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals.  They're calming, chic and nearly always create the best photographic backdrops.  Ordinarily, the hotels that have my heart beating faster are those that combine heritage, classic design with modern influences.  With this in mind, Queens Hotel Cheltenham ticked all of the right boxes.  If you've been reading A Glass Of Ice for a while now, you'll know why the Palladian-style exterior attracted me to the hotel, and don't even get me started on the grand interior staircase!  A few other details that tend to grasp my attention, include studded headboards, dressing tables (can you believe how many hotels forget makeup routines nearly always require natural light?), a chic lobby area to whip through some emails and, of course, a neutral colour palette.     
Reading Magazine in Hotel Room Bed
Luxurious Bed Studded Headboard
Cheltenham Magazine The MGallery Hotel Collection


The character and atmosphere of a place is probably the most important aspect to me when staying at a hotel.  Unfortunately, you can't bottle it up and sniff it before booking accommodation - but there's beauty in the process of trial and error!  Admittedly, I don't share all hotel stays on A Glass Of Ice, and nine times out of ten this is usually because despite how lovely they were, the ambience sucked (to put it bluntly).  Though thankfully, my time in Cheltenham was quite the opposite!  There was something incredibly warm and friendly about the hotel, which can be put down to both the staff, as well as the historic building.  Anyone else feel as though hotels with history have a way at putting you at ease?  By night it was beautifully quiet, allowing you to roam around the grand staircase with nobody disturbing the peace and quiet.  The restaurant was a different story, with a buzzing energy thanks to its brilliant reputation.  Though I can't comment on the food.. because after poking my head into the restaurant, I spent the rest of the evening out!  

Psst!  Next time you're away, take the time to spend a while roaming your hotel in the evening, when others are eating, or heading to their rooms.  The sense of calm is incredible. 
Cheltenham Queens Hotel Bar Travel Blog
Cheltenham Queens Hotel Grand Staircase at Night
Travel Blogger Queens Hotel Cheltenham Review


As I mentioned in my Instagram Guide to Cheltenham, much of the food at Queens Hotel Cheltenham is from local Cotswolds farms and gourmet artisans - and you can certainly taste the difference!  I kid you not when I say I can remember a hotel based on the scrambled eggs they served (there are worse obsessions) and my accommodation in Cheltenham wins first prize from me on that score.  Damn. Yum!  Room service breakfast is another of the things I look for in a hotel; there's something wonderfully relaxing about having it brought to your room and practice sure does make perfect, because I can't imagine going downstairs anywhere for breakfast now! Dressing gown, beautiful view and surrounded by your creature comforts?  Those are the ingredients for the perfect breakfast.  Oh, and scrambled eggs cooked to perfection, thanks.

Psst!  Make sure to check ahead when it comes to room service when booking accommodation.  Many luxury hotels only allow continental breakfasts to be brought to your room - just in case you had your heart set on an indulgent cooked breakfast! 
Queens Hotel Cheltenham Imperial Gardens and Promenade View
Applying Charlotte Tilbury Look in A Palette Makeup Blogger
Cheltenham Queens Hotel Room Service Breakfast
Chocolate Covered Meringue from The Swallow Bakery Cheltenham
Chocolate Meringue from The Swallow Bakery, Cheltenham
Queens Hotel Cheltenham Continental Breakfast Pastries Danish
So, there we have it!  I've no doubt there are two million other things I look for in a hotel - and they'll probably spring to mind after I've hit publish.  Nevertheless, these are the points that slide in comfortably at the very top of my must-have list.  To summarise, there seems to be a recurring theme: calm, luxurious, comfortable and beautiful.  A neutral palette will always get a thumbs up from me, especially when modern design meets a building with history.  Oh, and my score cards will come out whenever faced with scrambled eggs.  It's make or break, guys!  
Travel Blog Review The Queens Hotel Cheltenham
I've really enjoyed sharing my experience of Queens Hotel Cheltenham with you!  Please do let me know your thoughts on the hotel in the comments below, and I'd love to know whether there's anything specific you look for (or just love!) in a hotel?

Queens Hotel Cheltenham - MGallery by Sofitel
The Promenade
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Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> Instagram Guide to Cheltenham | Picture-Perfect Areas

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. This is quite a fair list of things to look for in a hotel! My first thing is also location, whenever I visit a place I like to be in the centre, so I don't have to travel miles to reach all the points of interest in the morning - and so I can stay out later in the evening without worrying about getting back!
    I also find the neutrals really relaxing and also clean and professional - it makes your stay feel even more special :)

    Julia x
    Last Post: The Karl Lagerfeld Camera Bag |

  2. A view of the gardens from your hotel room? Yes, please! It's true that location of the room itself can be as important as the hotel's location. These are all really great things to look for and decide on a hotel by, too. Thanks for sharing, and beautiful pictures as always!

    Kathryn •

  3. Wow!!! This hotel is made for queens! :) I love everything about it!
    Glad you had a wonderful stay and got to relax a bit!

  4. Ohhhhh I want to stay there! That looks heavenly! -

  5. This place is absolutely amazing Gabrielle <3

    Serene xo

  6. View of the garden must have been perfect! xx
    For me neutrals are go to

  7. I am never too fussy about hotels, what matters most is location to me. I rarely spend too much time in the hotel because I'll be out most of the days but if I am doing a staycation then yes, these will tick all my boxes too.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  8. I really enjoyed this post, usually when I visit hotels they are for work but I still seek out certain amenities (food definitely, lol) and location essentials, nonetheless. What a marvellous staycation, Gabrielle. I’ve not been to this hotel but thanks so much for the lovely recommendation. x/Madison

  9. If there's someone I always look to for hotel reviews, it's most definitely you, Gabrielle! You have a real knack with picking such beautiful places to stay and the Queens Hotel is certainly no exception! Is it strange that my favourite part is always seeing your room service!?

    Musings & More

  10. Oh boy I really need to add this to my travel bucket list. And wow what a grand hotel and beautiful place to stay. You look like you had a wonderful stay and a fabulous time.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  11. Oh my gosh! Bucket list item for sure...this is stunning!
    -Kate //

  12. Ok, wow. Those interiors are so luxurious and breathtakingly serene. I never knew the two could actually pair so well. No wonder you're besotted. If it weren't for my account balance right now I'd be on a plane straight for Cheltenham.


  13. Okay, that breakfast looks delicious! And I think you can tell a LOT about the quality of a hotel from it's eggs haha. Soggy, wet eggs? Nope, no way. And honestly, I never really appreciated the power of a good view until recently. Definitely something worth paying a little extra for! This hotel looks absolutely magical!

    Susie |

  14. I've honestly never booked a stay in a hotel (only motels) for vacation purposes but back when I worked as a flight attendant I practically lived in hotels. I had spent months of my life in hotels (for example in Taormina, Sicily) so drawing from that experience I do agree with everything you wrote. I've stayed in 5 stars hotels where a single night costs as my salary , but those places sometimes didn't feel like anything special. It all comes down to ambiance. Some hotels just have that special atmosphere that makes stay in them feel magical, I don't know how else to put it.

    I think I mentioned that when it comes to stayactions, I only stayed in motels? That's probably because there are the only thing available in the kind of places I wanted to stay in (national parks, mountains etc). They're actually all quite lovely, not the kind of places you imagine when you think of a motel.

    These images are so beautiful!!!!!!!

  15. I wish I was in a hotel room right now eating that delicious breakfast!! The room view is important for me and also interior and yes, minimal and neutral colours every time!


  16. A luxurious hotel with a beautiful view and superb service. Ah, it's like paradise.

  17. Wow it looks incredible, I had no idea Cheltenham had such beautiful hotels! Your photos are lovely xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

  18. These hotels look incredible. I love these photos.

  19. it looks like a lovely hotel! love all the detail that you captured. great photography xx

    |Elegant Duchess|

  20. I always look for neutral decor in a hotel for sure, it just makes for a more relaxing stay doesn't it? (and a more instagrammable backdrop haha). Location of the room is so important too, I personally love corner rooms as there's usually more windows so more light and they tend to be quiet!
    Amy xx

  21. You always stay in the most stunning places Gabrielle!! So, I'm totally aligning with your list in what to look for!! I think location is very important and also having a great breakfast ;)

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!! :)


    Seize your Style

  22. Beautiful photos! You look lovely and the hotel looks amazing! :) xx

  23. OMG this hotel!! I think it's the most elegant and chic and stunning hotel I ever saw!
    I wish to stay here at least one night!! *-*
    Surely one of the things I would like to find in a hotel is a lovely staff, clean and quiet rooms and a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape.

  24. What a dream place to stay! I would have loved to enjoy breakfast in bed or wander throughout the hotel and see the beautiful interior

  25. Oh wow this hotel sounds so so pretty! I also love the loose and calm atmosphere and how you described it. I will definitely keep this place in mind :)
    xxx, Carmen -

  26. Amazing photos and place, love it.
    Thank you for sharing.

  27. I love staycations too and reading hotel reviews like this one. Totally captivated with the neutral shades and luxe furnishings of this hotel. View of the garden is calming and envigorating, a nice scenery over breakfast in bed. Btw, I like your blue jumper and socks as pjs. Have a great week dear!

  28. Wow this hotel looks so luxurious! Definitely tucking this away in case I ever visit there! Thanks for sharing- your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    -Emily |

  29. Good God that hotel looks lovely. Calming too! I can understand why you felt it put you at ease. I've honestly never stayed in a hotel in my life, but if I'm ever in your part of the world, your word would undoubtedly be the one I trust most. You know your stuff!

    Have a lovely week Gabrielle!

  30. I can see why you enjoyed your stay there, it ticks all the boxes for you and it looks so beautiful! What a nice place to stay :)

    Hope you had a great weekend. We had a quiet one with all the wet weather!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  31. A beautiful place to relax, I think you had fun !!!

  32. You had me at neutrals and then those desserts! This hotel checks everything off of my list as well - just stunning! Happy Monday xx

  33. I like when I feel at home in a hotel room, even if I check in only for one night!

  34. This hotel is so beautiful, love the interior and that luxurious breakfast. You are looking so relaxed. I bet you have enjoyed so much there. I also love your outfit. You look elegant in black! Have a great day <3 Kisses <3

  35. For me, I think the basics are clean room and sheets, polite staff and wi-fi! But yes, all the luxuries such as the interior design, extra service and beautiful views create the experience. Queens Hotel looks like an absolute delight! Have a wonderful week Gabrielle!


  36. I love the pics. The hotel sounds amazing. It's so classy.
    And the food service for the breakfast it's too great !
    I bet you had such a perfect relax time there.
    Have a great week.

  37. Your photos are gorgeous!!!! Lovely hotel, hope you had an amazing time <3

    Caterina |

  38. This is such a beautiful place and it sounds like you had an amazing stay! I definitely appreciate a beautiful hotel interior and ambiance too!

    District of Chic

  39. This sounds a luxurious but very modern hotel!
    I usually stay in hotels during my travels, it's the best and most relaxing solution for me! I have to remeber this one!
    Fab photos!

  40. Beautiful post and pictures! I agree that the ambiance is so important for a hotel as it can totally transform a place!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  41. Amazing post as always (:

    CM | XIII.

  42. Oh my goodness, this post has reminded me simply how much I adore the elegance of hotels. So effortless, crisp sheets, pretty bottles of shampoo and the best of breakfasts. Certainly seems like you enjoyed your stay, especially with the view!

    // xx

  43. I've definitely fallen in love with The Queens Hotel. I love their farm to table ethic. I love neutrals. That bar is fabulous! Loving those danish Gabrielle. Everything is so pretty there.

  44. I love your hair!!!

  45. I love this list of things you look for in a hotel, and this particular place looks amazing! The architecture of the building is gorgeous, and the guest room looks so cozy! Great photos!

  46. I liked the post! Lovely hotel with chic design! I am sure that everything is at the highest level here!

  47. What's stunning hotel, both inside and out, and that's awesome that you got a view of the gardens from your room! Ambience and decor are big for me too when I choose a hotel, after all it'll be my home away from home, so I want to be as comfortable as I can (or as my budget will allow me!).

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  48. This hotel looks beautiful! The exteriors as well are stunning, and I love a neutral colour palette too. It's way more relaxing than more modern hotels that have those bright pops of colour...

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  49. Although I generally stay in AirBNBs these days, when looking for somewhere to stay I totally agree that location and proximity to all the things you want to see and do (or at least to public transport to get to those places) is one of my highest priorities. If I can afford not to, then I don’t want to spend hours out of each day of my holiday getting to any from where I’m staying, so booking accommodation in a great location is key. And although AirBNB don’t generally have room service, I can’t deny that would be a great perk of staying in a hotel when it comes to getting breakfast!

  50. A very well written and informative post Gabrielle, I enjoyed reading this. I agree with you that a calming colour palette is charming and a must have in a hotel, it's certainly relaxing. Personally love a mix of calm with a splash of colour, blues tend to be a favourite to create a unique feel, and something totally unique also.

    Room service is a must have and enjoy spending breakfast in the comfort of the hotel room, also if a late check out if possible is something which is also important.

    Your stay at Queens Hotel Cheltenham looks lovely and really like the look of the feel and ambiance of the place, the breakfast looks like quite the Royal Feast!

    Thanks for sharing your post and gorgeous photos with us all!

    Sending love,

    Laura xo

  51. I haven't stayed in many hotels but Ambiance and Food is so important to me. I mean I need all the pasta and pizza in the world haha xx

  52. It looks absolutely lovely! The view from the room looks nice and the colors on the interior are very relaxing.

    Heba xx
    The Heba

  53. I love the minimalist use of colors of this hotel. The hues are truly impressive and gorgeous!

    Jessica |

  54. I never visited this hotel but I would love to! It looks so nice. :D


  55. Love this! Hope you'll check out my latest post!

  56. That is a gorgeous place to stay... You do not look out of place in the photos either!


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