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Old Hall Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This "history-soaked establishment is supposedly the oldest hotel in England", says Lonely Planet 
  • The property is in the pretty spa town of Buxton -- perfect for exploring the Peak District
  • Mary Queen of Scots stayed here while under house arrest in the 16th century
  • Explore nearby Bakewell (famous for its tarts) and Chatsworth House -- both a 30-minute drive away

"Traditional hotel in the centre of everything. Convenient for all the wonderful interesting places that Buxton has to offer."
1. Mar 2020 - Lymington, United Kingdom
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Built in 1573, Old Hall Hotel is in the pretty market town of Buxton, which is surrounded by the Peak District National Park. It has welcomed some famous guests during its history -- Mary Queen of Scots stayed here while under house arrest in the 16th century, and author Daniel Defoe called it "a very special place".

The hotel sits opposite Buxton's Opera House and 12-acre Pavilion Gardens park -- there are picturesque views from the restaurant. It's an excellent base if you're exploring the nearby Peak District National Park, and it's an easy drive to Chatsworth House, the pretty village of Bakewell and many of the area's famous potteries.

Dinner can be taken in either the cosy Cockerel Wine Bar with the ambience of the old coaching inn, or in the stylish restaurant. Expect a menu of hearty British fare made with local, seasonal ingredients. Breakfast is made to order and includes dishes such as filled Derbyshire oatcakes.

The hotel has plenty of character, with original features throughout. Some rooms are on the smaller side and you may find the floors uneven, but this all adds to the property's charm. Wi-Fi is free and there are 4-poster beds in the upgraded rooms. The grandest -- Mary's Bower Room -- is believed to be part of the original building that "hosted" Mary Queen of Scots. 



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Cot available upon request, free of charge, for children 2 or under.

Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £5 per night for children aged 12 and under in Classic or Executive Rooms, £10 per night for older children and adults in Executive Rooms only. This includes breakfast.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 per pet per day.

Dogs only, and only allowed in Classic Rooms.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(193 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Old Hall Hotel Buxton over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Traditional hotel in the centre of everything. Convenient for all the wonderful interesting places that Buxton has to offer.
Other Comments
The only negative comment I could possibly make is that the large dining hallcould have been a little warmer where we were sitting near the window on a very cold evening.
James 01. Mar 2020 Lymington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Perfectly adequate simple en-suite room..front of building so pleasant outlook. Staff really excellent and not pestering. Open fire, or at least an imitation or gas fire in guest sitting room would have been nice instead of a hole in wall where fire should be! A delightful historic building where floors and thus some table surfaces not level,Didn’t matter though lost a couple of drinks!Lovely and warm at a v cold time...snowed!
Other Comments
Hope to return sometime!
Margaret 01. Mar 2020 Bangor, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Met up with old friends there. Staff and food were very good indeed. Another Travelzoo bargain.
Mervyn 27. Feb 2020 Wigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A lovely hotel, ideally located, comfortable room, friendly and helpful staff and the food was good.
JAMES 26. Feb 2020 Harrogate, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
fantastic place to stay. full of history and lots of information about the hotels past. staff were excellent, great service, willing to help but not intrusive. have already arranged for a second stay.
Other Comments
highly recommend
sharon 26. Feb 2020 Caersws, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent stay. Can’t fault it!
sarah 24. Feb 2020 Norwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast and dinner was good, however hotel very old and needs a revamp.
Sinem 24. Feb 2020 Kenilworth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were excellent
dave 24. Feb 2020 Wallasey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel had great character . It was a little tired in places but it wasn’t an issue . We swapped dinner for lunch and the staff in the dining room were not very attentive , we had to look for them 3 times . We did mention this to reception who were really good it just wasn’t what we expected but in the whole we really enjoyed our stay v.
Christine 23. Feb 2020 Chorley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great food and excellent service, staff were all very pleasant.
Other Comments
Great location, it feels like you are staying in a stately home. Would highly recommend the hotel.
Catherine 23. Feb 2020 Sheffield, United Kingdom

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