One of Cheltenham's newest and most stylish hotels, The Montpellier Chapter is perfect for a girly getaway. Cocktails in the conservatory are not to be missed!
Book it now if: You want a hassle-free, weekend getaway this summer. The hotel is located in one of Cheltenham's most desirable areas. Boutiques, cafés and bars await guests on their arrival.
Bedding down: The 60 rooms are split between the restored villa and the newly built glass courtyard. There's a choice of four room categories from Regular to Feature but the penthouse (complete with its own staircase and private terrace) is the star of the show. Every room feels light and spacious and attention to detail is obvious, whether it's the fully stocked iTunes on the room's iPod Touches or the full sized Aromatherapy Associates bath and shower products (there are no miniatures here).
Feed me: Head chef, Tom Rains, uses local produce where he can to create classic British dishes. From Simon Hopkinson's dish of the month to a more simple pasta dish or pizza straight from the oven, there's something for everyone on the menu. Presentation also deserves top marks; steak and chips has never looked so appetising.
Easily bored: Cheltenham's town centre is just a 10-minute walk away from the hotel but if you have transport to go further afield, the Cotswolds are also on your doorstep. Fitness fanatics will also be pleased to hear that all guests have access to the Cheltenham Ladies' College gym and Olympic sized pool located up the road. Make sure you check Cheltenham's what's on guide before your visit; festivals, theatre and sporting events are all popular here.
What's the damage: A two-night stay in a double room starts from £250.
Point me in the right direction: The Montpellier Chapter, Bayshill Road, Montpellier, Cheltenham GL50 3AS. Telephone: 01242 527788, website: themontpellierchapter.com.
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