Dog friendly hotels: DoubleTree Cheltenham
On a press trip to explore all the dog friendly places in Cheltenham (which welcomed kids too) we were invited to stay at the dog friendly Double Tree Cheltenham by Hilton – which used to be a Georgian manor house.
The hotel is situated two miles from the centre of Cheltenham and is a short 10 minute drive by car.
Our interconnecting family room (319 and 321) with twin beds for the girls and a double bed for us, meant there was plenty of space for the four of us, plus the pooch. There were several areas throughout the hotel where he could join us (including the bar area), which meant our furry friend wasn’t restricted to the room.
Our dog friendly room was located in the lower part of the hotel, meaning a descent of several staircases (there are no lifts) and had an unspoilt view of woodland trees and other shrubbery.
Both rooms came equipped with a modern bathroom in grey and white tones, with a full bath and a shower. Crabtree & Evelyn bathroom toiletries were provided along with soft, white and fluffy bathrobes, and slippers. I was ever so grateful for the kettle, tea, coffee, biscuits and complimentary still and sparkling water. I do love a cuppa first thing in the morning!
A huge highlight of the trip for the girls was the onsite swimming pool which came equipped with pool noodles and some floats. A lane is sectioned off for serious swimmers. However, the pool is also part of the spa which made me conscious of kid-free adults trying to relax whilst hearing the delighted squeals from my kids and others too. There are set times for kids, with child free swims predominately in the evening.
The pool area does look a bit tired in places; there are about 4 or 5 beds and a several chairs very close to the edge of the pool but the changing rooms were very clean. Lots of people walked to and from the pool in their room dressing gowns and even sat relaxed in the hotel bar enjoying afternoon tea in them.
There is a fitness centre (and a golf course adjacent to the property.)
Breakfast is in the main restaurant area. There were an array of hot and cold options including poached eggs, bacon, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts and pastries. Other items like pancakes are available on request.
We opted to leave our dog in the room, but if your dog needs to be with you, staff will give you a tray so you can take your breakfast to the bar area.
We didn’t eat dinner in the restaurant (kids portions are available) but after a long day exploring Cheltenham and another swim in the pool, the girls really wanted to put on their PJ’s, order room service and watch a little bit of CBBC. With it being windy and rainy outside, I couldn’t really blame them. Room service doesn’t offer children’s portions so they shared a pizza and a side of vegetables whilst I had a veggie burger.
We visited over a very wet and gloomy couple of days, but there are some lovely grounds with a stream running through the site with plenty of space to walk your dog. Reception has a water bowl at the front door and there are dog poo bins in the grounds.
Dog friendly Cheltenham offers many restaurants, bars and cafes as well as beautiful centrally located parks for you to explore and relax. Look out for the DoubleTree’s future dog friendly events too:
- Pooch, Pyjama and Prosecco Party on the 3rd May and the
- Pooch, Pizza and Prosecco Party on the 30th August!
The hotel staff
We were all warmly welcomed with a chocolate chip and walnut cookie at reception. I noted complimentary apples were available too. The kids were given a little activity pack with crayons. Samir in the main restaurant was very kind and helpful and escorted us to a table for six when he saw the girls had brought their soft toys with them.
Overview: We would absolutely recommend the DoubleTree Hilton if you are looking for a dog friendly hotel near Cheltenham. With a good place to walk your four legged friend on-site, comfortable rooms and various eating options with or without your pooch – it’s a yes from us.
Have you stayed at this dog friendly accommodation in Cheltenham? How was your visit?
Disclosure. We were invited by Visit Cheltenham to explore the town with our pooch. Our hotel room & breakfast was covered, the rest of our hotel stay was paid for by ourselves.