In Cheltenham Magazine
2nd February 2009
The label of designer budget hotel is apt for The Big Sleep in Cheltenham: It is de-signed to be chic and comfortable, providing all the necessities in a colourful building in the Cheltenham town centre, with a price tag that makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank.
My partner and I drove into Cheltenham from Oxford on a Friday evening, and had absolutely no problems finding the hotel. Their ample secure on-site parking pleasantly surprised us, as they are located just within a stone’s throw of the Cheltenham high street and great local pubs, restaurants and nightspots.
And for being so close to the action, the hotel is blissfully quiet, being a bit tucked away. Upon check-in the staff were incredibly friendly and efficient, the process taking no more than a couple of minutes.
A stylish 24hr bar and a breakfast area flank the front desk (a complimentary breakfast is served every morning). A bright lime green seating area rounds off the clean, Swedish-design/1970s retro look of the first floor.
We made our way up to our room, and opened it to find a pink paradise awaiting us. We were in an executive suite, complete with a living room and desk area with a wall hung flat screen TV (standard in all rooms), and a tasselled divider separating the huge and comfortable bed from the rest of the room. Shag curtains - yes, that’s right, shag curtains! - completed the look. The bathroom contained a separate shower and large bathtub.
The room was truly impressive in being beautifully designed, yet minimalist and utilitarian. After settling into our room, we headed out for pre-dinner drinks at a bar just around the corner, and then off to a great Indian restaurant – all within easy walking distance.
The next morning we were off to Gloucester for a rugby match, and the quick trip made it clear that The Big Sleep would be a great place to stay if you’re looking for accommodation for a sports event. In addition to being perfect for a couple on a weekend trip, there are two group rooms with kitchenettes in the hotel for families or groups of friends, and a meeting room available for conferences, seminars and training events.
Overall, I cannot recommend The Big Sleep more for its location, attentive staff, incredible bespoke interior design, and value for money. Book soon! Reviewed by Kimberly Manning and Nathan Wiles