Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Very nice indeed.
A lovely hotel in a central location, this is a Victorian building decorated in a minimalist fashion. Public areas have leather sofas and dark brown carpets. The walls everywhere are white. Our room, which was a mid price one on the 2nd floor, had a living room, bedroom and two bathrooms. It looked stunning. The bed was so comfy and had egyptian cotton sheets to die for. We found the staff to be friendly if a little disorganised - the impression was that everything held together by a thin invisible thread. However there were niggles over housekeeping; Cushions were not put back on the bed; toiletries were not renewed and tea bags not replenished - over 3 nights we were only left with herbals teas and had to phone reception for ordinary. No great problem, but it shouldn`t happen. The food was mostly very good. On Sundays you get two 3 course meals for the price of one and the same price plan runs weekdays 5pm-7pm and this is a very good deal indeed. The wine list was reasonably priced. At the weekend we found breakfast to be a buffet, but during the week it was waitress service.
Directions: Close to the Court building.
Designer-style and a decent restaurant
Before I lived in Bradford, I stayed at the Great Victoria Hotel overnight for a conference. It had been refurbished and has a good, sleek designer-style about it without being too "cool". Now I live in the city, and I know the place a bit better, it is where I recommend to anyone who comes to visit.
If you come to Bradford as a tourist, and you fancy a designer-style hotel in an old building, it is definitely where you will want to stay, as the other hotels are either bland and corporate, or more old-fashioned inside.
It isn't the cheapest place to stay, but the rates are about the same as the other major chain hotels in the city, and the Victoria is nicer. I would advise that you shop around the websites for a good rate at this hotel. I got a much better rate (almost half price) from LateRooms than was publicized on the Bradford tourism website.
Unique Quality: The hotel has a nice reception area and bar (although the wine prices by the glass can be a bit steep). The local daily newspaper offices are just opposite the hotel, and the editor's team occasionally drops in for a drink if it's been a tough day!
The real plus is the restaurant. Quite a few local people use it, as the food is good and well-priced. The restaurant scene in Bradford is dominated by curry houses - which is great - but the Victoria is good for a change.
Another good thing if you come to Bradford by car (which I would recommend, so that you can get out into the countryside) is that there is quite a bit of parking next to the hotel - quite a bonus considering you are right in the city centre.
Directions: The hotel is across the road from the Bradford Interchange rail and bus station (but don't let that put you off as I didn't notice any noise when I stayed there)
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