Hotels in Cheltenham

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About Cheltenham

How can I find hotels in Cheltenham?

As the major town of the Cotswold's region, elegant Cheltenham delivers a delightful city break. The town developed as a spa resort in the 18th-century, a time when it rivalled Bath as the place for aristocratic holidays. Today you can find a good value hotel in Cheltenham that gives you the best of both town and Cotswold countryside. The Promenade is a grand road lined with trees leading down to Montpellier. Both are full of graceful Regency buildings so typical of the town. These are built around well-kept squares and gardens including the pretty and colourful Long Gardens. Cheltenham's main claim to fame today is its racecourse. The town is particularly busy in mid-March when the Cheltenham Festival takes place. If you enjoy horse racing this is definitely the time to plan ahead when looking for hotel deals with Opodo. On non-race days, you can take a guided tour of the racecourse. Whether you're visiting Cheltenham for a city break or the Cheltenham Festival, you can search for hotel deals by setting our Opodo filters for location, price, date and room type.

What can I see in Cheltenham?

One of the best ways to get an overview of Cheltenham is to join a walking tour. These are themed by history or architecture and start from the Wilson Gallery and Museum which will be within easy reach if you book a hotel in the centre of town. You'll find out about the elegant Regency buildings and what life was like in Cheltenham in its hey-day as a spa destination. When the tour finishes, spend an hour exploring the exhibits in the Wilson Gallery. These range from Arts and Craft furniture to tales of local heroes. One of these was Edward Wilson, one of Scott's ill-fated Antarctic team. When it's time for lunch, combine eating and shopping by popping into the Well Walk Tea Room. As well as serving light dishes and cakes such as the Cheltenham Dripper (a local lardy cake), it is packed full of antiques. Burn off the calories with a walk to the Pittville Pump Room, once the largest spa in Cheltenham. If you are brave enough, you can sample the medicinal spa water. Book a hotel in Cheltenham in the summer and you can take a dip in the Art Deco Sandford Parks Lido, the largest outdoor heated pool in the UK. 

Where to stay in Cheltenham?

As a result of its historical development, Cheltenham has a number of defined districts each with their own characteristics. To experience Cheltenham like a local, look for hotel deals on or near The Promenade with its alfresco cafe culture. This is also a good place to shop for holiday gifts and souvenirs. Take some time to admire Neptune's Fountain and to relax in Imperial Gardens. For more serious shopping, stroll along the High Street with its mix of global names and local independents. The Suffolks district is quieter and more residential and a showcase for the Georgian and Victorian architecture built when the town was at its peak of spa popularity. Keep an eye out as well for the glamorous Art Deco cinema. The area is named after the Earl of Suffolk who once owned the area. His name lingers on in a local pub. If you want to sample this genteel town, visit Opodo and search for cheap hotels. You can set our easy-to-use filters to search by location, date, room type and price.