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Cliveden House

Taplow SL6 0JF England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#1 of 2 hotels in Taplow
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Cliveden is unique. One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland and with wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames. It is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport. Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, and many other well-known names from the past and present.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
VIP room facilities
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
French, Spanish, German, Italian and 2 more
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Goldenboy2014 wrote a review 29 Jul
Surrey, United Kingdom39 contributions15 helpful votes
Brilliant food and service in the outstanding French Dining Room! Breakfast was a lavish buffet but the hot food on a la carte basis was not presented in such splendid style and was a little disappointing in that the bacon rasher and small sausage were not as tasty or appealing as the rest of the meal. Gorgeous decor throughout and the NT grounds are magnificent. Champagne before dinner on the terrace on a sunny evening was sublime. Bed was very comfortable - mattress, topper and pillows excellent. Chinese room was beautiful with an interesting view of the entrance to the hotel (Porte corchere). It was however extremely hot and we required two portable air coolers to be installed on a temporary basis! These did the trick. The pool was very pleasant but one set of the steps needed repair. The changing rooms were too rate. All in all a brilliant stay over three days. To be highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Victoria_H648 wrote a review 29 Jul
London, United Kingdom91 contributions39 helpful votes
I've always been around Cliveden, whether it be walking through the grounds as a child, to dining in the restaurant for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea on several occasions and I have always come away feeling really specially and looking forward to the next visit. My husband proposed here and it was our first overnight stay as a celebration of our wedding. We were unfortunately underwhelmed. Although the staff were all really friendly and we had kindly been given an upgrade, the facilities in the room were not on par with similar establishments. No fridge in the rooms (although I have subsequently been told these can be requested-we weren't told this during our stay) and the hot tub cover was very difficult to remove on one's own (apparently we also were supposed to have been told that staff could come and lift it off for us but this information also wasn't shared with us during our stay). The bed was quite short so a taller man than my husband would have struggled (he is average height!) and the heavy curtains didn't pull across fully and we were on the ground floor, with the bathroom going out onto a terrace. Communication was also an issue. We moved our dinner reservation, only to have a call asking where we were for the original reservation time and at dinner our wine and water glasses were often empty (I did ask if we could just have a jug of water, but was told I shouldn't need one as they wouldn't let me go thirsty, but I definitely was at points through the meal). There was also confusion when we ordered coffee pods and milk at reception. We were also underwhelmed with breakfast, which we felt was uninspiring for the price. A few days later we stayed at the 5 star Boringdon Hall hotel in Plymouth. This is also an old building and yet they manage to have a fridge in each room, curtains that close, large televisions with Smart TV capabilities and a delicious breakfast. Whilst I would definitely visit Cliveden again for the restaurant experience, I wouldn't stay overnight again. A team member did reach out to us to offer an upgrade and champagne in the event we stayed again but I think I'd rather spend the money on a different hotel where I know I am getting the service deserving of that price.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Kristian C wrote a review 28 Jul
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We recently had our microwedding at Cliveden and were very impressed. The service was top notch from start to finish, specifically Laura who assisted during the wedding ceremony and meal (she was amazing and every one of our guests commented on her by name the day after, saying how great she was). Our suite was lovely and the food was fab. We'll definitely be back for an anniversary stay in the future!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Bluebellplasnewydd wrote a review 28 Jul
Cardiff, United Kingdom1278 contributions536 helpful votes
This is a grand hotel set in a country house amid National Trust parkland. At almost £600/night you would expect and deserve exceptional service. Indeed the staff are extremely friendly, polite and helpful. They are also full of humour which is unusual - so a pleasure to have around. My electric car was taken off me and charged without question. Clivedon House itself is a Grade 1 listed building of considerable importance in British political history. It is, however, rambling with corridors and wood panelled reception rooms so be prepared for a lot of walking. The grounds are also full of National Trust visitors who understandably look through the hotel windows. Our room was on the 1st floor and very spacious with a massive bed which may be too soft for some although I think the "topper" could be removed to firm the mattress. There was plenty of storage and also a sofa, desk and occasional table. It was serviced twice a day. Disappointingly there were only 2 small windows with outlook over 3m of leaded flat roof and thence trees - so don't expect much of a view even at this price. It also meant that the room was slightly dark when sitting relaxing. The bathroom was traditional marble in Edwardian style with an excellent bath with shower above. The water pressure was very high so the bath filled in a short time. Cooling was present and this was effective. Breakfast was taken downstairs and was a mixture of and attractive buffet and table service. Unacceptably there was a 10 minute queue to get a table on our 1st day. The croissant, pastries and smoothies are excellent and tasteful but the cooked breakfasts need to be improved for such a high class establishment. The pancake was overly large and dry with the fried dishes containing limp bacon which was not memorable. The breakfast menu is extensive. The breakfast/dining room has superb views and service was exemplary. There is a small bar which does not have beer on tap and also serves light meals. I sampled two dinners at the hotel. Food is high quality but not exceptional - for instance the pastry surrounding the Beef Wellington was soggy although the beef itself was perfect. The immediate grounds are full of flowers and beautifully kept. One of the major features is a full length elevated terrace with outstanding views over formal gardens leading to the Thames. Overall this is a unique, luxurious and expensive hotel that needs to provide attention to the cooking to gain 5 stars.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Alan R wrote a review 28 Jul
Malaga, Spain24 contributions19 helpful votes
Cliveden is a superb 5 Star Deluxe country hotel just outside London set in acres of beautiful grounds leading down to the River Thames. The property is steeped in history and is acclaimed as one of the finest hotels in the UK and indeed in the world, therefore it is with sadness and regret that I report on my recent stay the standard of service was very poor and woefully inadequate for such a deluxe establishment! Our bedroom was very comfortable and the bedding, pillows and bed were of exceptional quality and supreme comfort. Taking advantage of the wonderful recent hot weather we hoped to enjoy a few days of sheer luxury, sadly we were very disappointed. The swimming pool has an interesting history and is situated in well kept gardens. It is a sea of calm tranquility but after a few hours of peace all was shattered with a dancing gym instructor music blaring, it was Water Aerobics Time!! So with guests splashing, we had to endure an hour of this – It reminded us of a cheap cruise or UK holiday camp. We could not understand why this out of place activity could not take place first thing in the morning, and as such raised this to a very helpful supervisor, Joanna but there was nothing she could do - however she was extremely helpful and handled the situation well. It was such a lovely day, we ordered a bottle of Rose wine, only to be told by the very elusive waiter (the pool waiter service was very poor, trying to find someone was a rarity) that the hotel was out of stock of Rose and had been for several days! Could not the manager pop round to the local supermarket and buy some more? As we had been told that the only possible dinner reservations at either restaurant was at 18.00/18.30, thus we wanted a very light poolside snack, not wanting the full menu, I asked for a simple ham sandwich but was told again that was not possible. I settled for a beer and some nibbles but was told no olives, nuts or crisps could be served. Luckily, knowing of our dissatisfaction Joanna, managed to change dinner reservation to 19.30. Our dinner was of a very high standard and well cooked, interestingly at the outside Grill Restaurant, located by the pool, our waiter said that they had Rose wines and indeed had stocked them throughout the whole season! So much for the early dinner reservation, throughout the evening plenty of tables were free. An after dinner stroll in the magnificent grounds is a must and to finish with an after dinner nightcap in the historic lounge and bar is wonderful. Except that with a bartender just yards away from where we were seated, we waited for 14minutes to be served. The next morning we had tennis reservations before breakfast.Due to National Trust protocols there is no signage to the courts and in such a large estate they are hard to find! We asked several staff members for directions which were all wrong leading to locked gates. In desperation and with great annoyance we drove to the main hotel entrance to ask if someone would take us there. In utter disbelief when I addressed Andrea, who was the duty manager, he was very rude to me! My friend was so distressed with his attitude that it upset her for the rest of the day. Finally an extremely helpful porter drove us to the courts, but having wasted at least 20 minutes we were worried that we would be late for breakfast, so we asked if they could hold a table in case we were late. The breakfast room is beautiful and the views of the gardens are stunning. We were greeted by a gruff and unwelcoming deputy Maitre d’, Roman, and advised we could not have a table with a view because the unoccupied tables were dirty as were others. We suggested that whilst we waited for our order, the table could be cleaned, this happened and we were reassigned to a nicer table. However, although the table was clean and set, no one thought to check it ! Once seated, the table top wobbled and one could not eat off it, Roman came over, touched it and disappeared!! We were reassigned to another table. Looking forward to a hearty full English breakfast for £25 plus (nonexistent) service charge, along with scrambled eggs I was served one rasher of bacon, one sausage and half a tomato, not very good value but well cooked! Upon leaving we asked Roman what had happened and he just said that the table top could not be fixed! Knowing of our utter disappointment and dissatisfaction, the hotel provided a luxurious car to return us to the station , a goodwill gesture, free of charge. By coincidence, there was a recent documentary TV programme, alluding to the incredible level of service and customer care the hotel provided, perhaps we were unlucky, perhaps it was Covid or perhaps the programme was fantasy. I still would recommend this wonderful hotel but would suggest lower expectations of service levels.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Francisco Macedo, General Manager at Cliveden House
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Alan, Thank you for taking the time to review us here on Tripadvisor, I am sorry to hear of your disappointment, please accept my sincerest apologies. I will of course discuss your feedback in detail with the team so that we can rectify any areas that we could have done better, Should you wish to discuss any parts of your feedback directly with me, please do not hesitate to contact me, Once again please accept our apologies, Best wishes, Francisco
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cliveden House
Which popular attractions are close to Cliveden House?
Nearby attractions include Escape3600.com (4.2 km), Bekonscot Model Village (6.8 km), and Boulter's Lock and Ray Mill Island (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cliveden House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Cliveden House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Cliveden House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cliveden House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Greyhound Pub & Dining, Palmieri's, and Vanilla Pod.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cliveden House?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Cliveden House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Cliveden House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cliveden House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Cliveden House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Cliveden House offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cliveden House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Polish.