“ Address: Gloucester Road / Cheltenham / GL51 0TS / England „
The 1980s ITV soap opera, Crossroads was actually filmed at this hotel though not many locals know that. Originally called The Golden Valley Hotel, the propieters sold out and became a Thistle a decade or so ago.
The hotel boasts a small but snug health club (Otium Leisure), a cosy bar and an exquisite restaurant, which has recently been revamped. The lounge areas are large and spacious with large screen TVs and internet access surrounding them. Spacious conference rooms provide enough space for the likes of Abba Tribute Concerts or the ubiquitous VI Form Balls that seem to hit town everytime I stay at this hotel. The hotel decor is bright and airy on the inside though suffers from a nasty 1970s newbuild render, impossible to hide behind the numerous trees and bushes.
Rooms are clean, spacious and exactly what you would expect from a Thistle. It isn't a Hilton, but it certainly isn't a Travellodge either. Staff are friendly and welcoming and appear proud to representing the Thistle brand. The location of the hotel is both a pro and a con. Simple to find, right off the M5 motorway, the hotel does suffer from noise pollution with the busiest roundabout in Cheltenham situated at its doorstep, alongside KFC, Travellodge and GCHQ. Horticulturists have done their best to hide the Thistle behind a wall of trees and bushes, but you still get the feeling you are sat in the middle of Piccadilly Circus at times. Depending on time of year, prices can often be lower than the Travelodge 50 yards across the road. I managed to secure a room for £49 in peak summer last year.
Offering 122 guest rooms including suites decorated with taste as well as a variety of up to date facilities.