Watching by favorite musical Rock of Ages in November 2021 lead me to another interesting place in England: Cheltenham. However, as they had a horse race in parallel, you had to divert quite far away from the city center for reasonable hotel prices – and thus I ended up in the countryside, some eight miles South in the rural part of Gloucester. The Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel is definitely one of the more iconic places the Accor Hotel chain has in their portfolio. Here is my review.
Mercure Bowden Hall – Location
The hotel is located in Upton St. Leonards, a Southeast Borough of Gloucester in England. The area is really rural. If you are not that much familiar with driving on the left hand side, the narrow roads around the hotel are undoubtedly a kind of challenge. The area is very beautiful, though and the hotel provides a large parking lot. There are bus service to Upton St. Leonards as well, but this place is definitely rather made for people driving their car to the hotel. Unfortunately, I highly recommend a GPS – there are no signs guiding you to the hotel.
There are no significant touristic services around. You find some equestrian-related businesses around, all other major needs are either served by the city center of Gloucester or the Gloucester Business Park, which is still some ten minutes drive away.
Mercure Bowden Hall – Room
I booked a so-called Priviledge Room for two nights at a total of 198 GBP. The room rate was flexible and included breakfast. I had a room in the fourth floor of the building. There are no elevators in the building (apart from one at one level for wheelchair drivers), but as I had light luggage, I did not struggle with that.
The room was really spacious, located in a tower-alike scenery with a great view over the park and the area around the hotel. The work desk was really nice and there was an additional small table if you want to have a drink together. While there was a Nespresso machine on the work desk, there was an additional water kettle in one of the cupboards. The room also had sufficient power plugs.
I also enjoyed the bathroom with a nice bathtub (combined with shower) and all necessary stuff. The hotel even offered a comparably wide range of amenities. The room was absolutely clean – I did not identify any issues in this respect in the whole hotel.
Mercure Bowden Hall – Breakfast
Apart from the bar area, the hotel drives a beautiful restaurant on ground level, which is also used for breakfast. Bread, cereals, juices, cold cuts and similar items are available from the buffet, while you order your hot breakfast. On the second, more crowded, day, they used a buffet for the hot items as well. The quality of the items was lovely, I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I however have to say that (also as the hotel was quite booked) I went for a rather early breakfast time slot to avoid too many crowds. The selection was nice and the quality was really good, so that I really enjoyed the morning at the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel.
There is also a nice bar area next to the restaurants. In the park of the hotel, they also drive plastic pods for minor to average size parties. The annex of the building was used for a party on Saturday evening – I did not hear anything significant from my room though.
Mercure Bowden Hall – Services
The hospitality at Mercure Bowden Hall was really great. The staff was very helpful and friendly all the time. The WiFi was really good most of the time – there were some minor outages here and there unfortunately, though. The hotel feels to run a gym on ground, but I did not spot it.
Mercure Bowden Hall – My View
The Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel gave me a really good time. The staff is awesome, I liked the building and my room. It might be a bit of a challenge to climb all the staircase with heavy luggage, though. The narrow road access and the WiFi issues lead to some concerns, but overall, it is a place I can absolutely recommend.