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The Embankment, Bedford, MK40 1RW, United Kingdom – Show map
Excellent location — rated 9/10! (score from 427 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Bedford Swan Hotel.
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Golf course (within 3 km), Spa and wellness centre, Massage, Hot tub, Indoor pool
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Bar, Breakfast in the room, Special diet menus (on request)
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Wired internet is available in the hotel rooms and charges are applicable.
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs GBP 5 per day.
Room service, Packed lunches, 24-hour front desk, Currency exchange, Luggage storage, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Meeting/banquet facilities, Fax/photocopying, VIP room facilities
Newspapers, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift, Heating, Air conditioning, Designated smoking area
From 14:00 hours
Until 12:00 hours
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
All children under 10 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs.
All children under 16 years stay free of charge for extra beds.
The maximum number of extra beds/children's cots permitted in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.
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Based on 427 reviews
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The Embankment Hotel is in a beautiful location beside the River Ouse. Only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, this riverside setting overlooks quiet gardens and a Victorian bridge.
Score from 311 reviews Very good
A 10-minute walk from the centre of Bedford, d'Parys offers luxurious rooms and an informal dining experience incorporating a bar and coffee shop.
Score from 148 reviews Fabulous
The Park Inn by Radisson Bedford is a wonderfully vibrant hotel, set in the busy market town of Bedford.
Score from 259 reviews Good
Located just south of Bedford, this Holiday Inn Express is a short drive from the A1 and M1. It offers comfortable and affordable accommodation and free parking.
Score from 237 reviews Fabulous
The receptionist was very efficient and warm. The staff at breakfast accommodated our lateness for breakfast and handled it well. I am from Bedford orginally and will return to the Swan on my next visit !
Need to inform client of breakfast timings.
Friendly helpful staff
I like staying at this traditional hotel. It has a lovely location by the river and close to the town centre. The service is always good and the staff are friendly.
The Swan Hotel is set in the perfect location for a visit to Bedford. This was our 2nd stay at Hotel as ideal for visiting our family who live nearby in village of Clapham. We will be back when the price is right ha ha !
Only downside to our stay is The Spa Pool was out of action till end of Jan and we were not informed of this at time of booking.
it has everything one needs to feel relaxed and home away from home
Every time I stay here I enjoy the free swimming pool and Jacuzzi but this time it was closed for refurbishment.
Close to the river. Food in the restaurant was very good. Ambience of the hotel. Just really relaxing with lots of places to sit and chat.
The atmosphere was quite sophisticated. Traditional with a modern twist. Very good food.
you are in the town and near the river. Breakfast was good plenty of choice. The rooms have all been decorated and are of a good standard.
No where to put your case to unpack. Disappointed as the swimming pool was not in use till the end of January. Should have been on the website as not in use.
Room, river views, cleanliness, spa facility, quietness, style of hotel, central location, friendly staff
Slow service in lounge area, limited choice on menu for light meals in lounge area, quality of food (felt poorly in night)
The restaurant I feel did not live up to the expectations of my guests and I in comparison to the quality of the hotel. There were limited options for dinner and of those items were not available on the night.
Stayed mid December and the hotel had a very Christmas feel to it. Very welcoming and the staff were excellent.
The beautiful decor of the hotel
No information on facilities.:.
Excellent location and the hotel had nice character
We booked the Swan for an overnight in Bedford , as it had been recomended. We stayed in January , and made the reservation in October , so as not tobe disappointed. We looked at the pool etc and wanted to make use of this. On arrival there was a notice on reception that the pool was closed all january for refurbishment. We raised this with reception who were very off hand and reported that we should have looked on the web site , and it should be open if we decided to stay again. We since contacted customer services who merely stated that they did not have the resources to contact guests (e-mail?) and that a notice was on their web site. Having booked in october , i did not think there was a need to check that the pool would be open. i would say that it was only this aspect that spoilt our stay , the hotel was very nice and in an excellent location , but the attitude to guests was definitely questionable.
View, size of room and room itself.
Smell of cigerettes in room. Had to air out room before we went to bed.
Food needs a bit of work
Very comfortable bedroom but hotel seemed to lack 'warmth' we found on previous visits
Dining room cold, food mediocre - 1 main course not charged. Staff did not know what Armagnac is
It's a bit cheap to charge for WiFi in the rooms in this day and age. films were also not free
Pool area closed :-(
The hotel and its authenticity- atmosphere, rooms, hotel layout and positioning in town.
Food not really up to much and waiters often misunderstood our requests so as a result orders did not arrive or too late. But was quite shocked the food. Has been better in the past. We've stayed many times and are returning customers.
The location was central with easy access to restaurants, etc Good breakfast
Parking was very difficult - shared with ice rink customers so difficult to find a space. Hot water was warm rather than hot - my colleague only managed to get cold water. Stairs and corridors all over the place but signage to the rooms not good - took a while to find my room.
Quality room, beautiful well maintained and charming building
Wifi was £5 hour. Wifi is not an optional extra. I need it, and you are charging too much. Figure out how much it costs to provide quality and I'll pay it. The jacuzzi was tepid.
Totally recommend staying was very lovely
Nice location very historic hotel
Bumpy bed room v small and too warm
Bedroom was warm and bed was cosy
Staff were scarce we were waiting for 15 minutes to be seated for breakfast. In the breakfast table there was no cutlery or sugar bowl. We asked for tea and a tea pot was banged on our table, with out the milk. We asked for sugar and didnt get any so I had to take sugar off another table and get milk from the cereal counter. The shower was not working had to call house keeping twice to attend. Wifi was not free upon complaining it was given free.
Great location, easy to drive to and to be based from. River is a great scene.
Very slow front desk staff. Being promised a river view suite that transpired to be a town view of shop backs.
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