Old Hall Hotel

Amy Lindsay
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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

"The room was a good size and the food was very tasty"
1 Apr, 2019 - Lincoln, UK
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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.

The restaurant serves modern British cuisine, while the Sunday lunch menu offers more traditional fare -- a range of roasts and comfort-food desserts. The wine bar serves lighter bites and dishes such as burgers and fish and chips. 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


  • 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: Dogs are allowed, in Classic Rooms only, on request and will be charged at ‎‎£20 per dog per stay.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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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(119 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Old Hall Hotel Buxton over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The room was a good size and the food was very tasty
Other Comments
The hotel looked very tired from the outside but otherwise it was a good hotel
David 01 Apr, 2019 Lincoln, UK
Enjoyed Most
This is a lovely `olde 'hotel, with excellent staff, superb location for exploring both the town and walking to Poole's cavern and the adjoining country park (if you're fit!). We had a luxurious executive room with huge comfy bed. The tiny ancient lift is worth an elevation just for the experience
marilyn 31 Mar, 2019 Wolverhampton, UK
Other Comments
Lovely hotel right in buxton across from pavilion gardens nice room and meals looks like they are refurbishing some of the rooms but didn't spoil our stay our room looked like it had been ďone
paul 30 Mar, 2019 Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location was great. Food very good especially breakfast. Room clean and biscuits and water appreciated
Elizabeth 29 Mar, 2019 Boston, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very welcoming. Interesting and quaint. Lovely breakfast.
Other Comments
A very good place to stay. Initially, we had a problem finding a car parking space near to the hotel. However, managed to park nearby after about 20 minutes.
Michael 29 Mar, 2019 Horbury Wakefield, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location, food including excellent choice of table service at breakfast. All staff were very professional, helpful and friendly
Other Comments
Great location in the centre of Buxton. Parking at discounted rates on nearby streets.
Roger 29 Mar, 2019 Leicester, UK
Other Comments
Hotel felt a little bit tired in places food wasn't very nice wasn't particularly clean
Gloria 27 Mar, 2019 Halesowen, UK
Enjoyed Most
dinner was poor
Robert 27 Mar, 2019 Stockport, UK
Enjoyed Most
The Room was very impressive
michael 26 Mar, 2019 Burton-on-Trent, UK
Enjoyed Most
Having 2 armchairs in room rather than one armchair and one hard chair
Gillian 26 Mar, 2019 Sutton Coldfield, UK

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