I stayed at the Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel near Bath for 2 nights in May 2012, on a complimentary basis, during my first trip as a blogger panelist for Best Western’s Year of Get Up & Go. It’s a mainly modern (with an old original part) three star hotel located around 10 miles south west of Bath.Â It took me around 25 minutes to drive into the centre of Bath in the evening.Â It wasn’t very easy to find the hotel; its address is given as Midsomer Norton but it’s easier to find if you head for Radstock. There’s plenty of free parking at the hotel. I arrived at the hotel just after 2pm; official check in time is 3pm but I was hopeful that I could get into my room a bit early.
The Centurion Hotel from the garden
When I went into reception, I saw a couple checking in and thought great. However, after that couple received their key, the two staff at the reception desk got involved in a long discussion about amending some booking and focused their full attention on that, whilst ignoring me for the best part of ten minutes. Now, I could have been more pushy and approached them demanding attention, but as I was asking for a favour to check in early and out of curiousity to see for just how long they’d ignore me, I hung around at the other side of the reception desk.
My room at the Centution Hotel
My room looked out over the garden and golf course. The room looked like it had been recently decorated. There were two unusual high backed chairs by a small table at the window. There was a fair amount of wardrobe space and some drawers opposite the bathroom door. There was a teapot and some scrumptious biscuits with the tea and coffee making facilities.
The ribbed towels were really soft and had a lovely smell. The free WiFi had a good signal in our bedroom but it needed a password, so I was unable to to connect my netbook and mobile phone simultaneously.
View of garden & golf course from my room at the Centurion Hotel
We dined from the a la carte menu at the Cubros Restaurant on our first evening.Â Unfortunately, the meal was a bit rushed; we needed to leave the hotel by 7.30pm, as we’d tickets for a Bath Fringe show that started at 8.30pm. We ate in the conservatory area overlooking the golf course.
Cubros Restaurant at the Centurion Hotel
I started with Mushroom & Asparagus Bruschetta which was very good; the mushrooms were large and firm. My husband had the Crab starter which was a bit bland.
Mushroom & Asparagus Bruschetta served with Poached Egg
My husband’s main course was Sea Bass, which was very fresh and tasty.
Sea Bass at the Centurion Hotel
I decided to try something different opting for Shredded Lamb served with Couscous. The couscous was really good but the lamb was awful; it was hard, fatty and stringy.
Shredded Lamb served with Couscous at the Centurion Hotel
My dessert was Sticky Toffee Pudding with Ice Cream, the sponge was rather non descript, tasting like something you buy ready to heat in a pack of two at Tesco.Â The Cheese Board had four very generous chunks of cheese.
Cheese Board at the Centurion Hotel
Breakfast is served in the Cubros Restaurant between 7 and 10am. There’s a self service buffet and a cooked breakfast is prepared to order. The buffet was high quality with a good selection of items. My husband had kipper one day and we were surprised when it arrived, just one kipper on a plate, no garnish at all.
I had the vegetarian cooked breakfast one morning. All the restuarant staff were cheerful and enthusiastic.
Vegetarian breakfast at Centurion Hotel
In summary, the Centurion Hotel offers a high standard of rooms for a three star hotel. The garden is lovely. The reception staff need to give customers standing in front of them priority over sorting out other issues. Check out time is a bit early at 10.30am. The food served at the restuarant is a bit of a mixed bag.
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