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 -- a perfect base from which to explore the Peak District
  • Mary Queen of Scots stayed here while under house arrest in the 16th century
  • You can explore nearby Bakewell (famous for its tarts) and Chatsworth House -- both are a 30-minute drive away

"Very relaxing Olde world hotel. Love the architecture. Friendly efficient staff. Room was beautiful and bed comfy. We had an evening meal and the food was michelin standard, absolutely superb. Highly recommend this hotel."
15 Jan, 2020 - Hyde, 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 there 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 higher-category 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: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 per pet per day.

Dogs only, and only allowed in Classic Rooms.

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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(185 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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Very relaxing Olde world hotel. Love the architecture. Friendly efficient staff. Room was beautiful and bed comfy. We had an evening meal and the food was michelin standard, absolutely superb. Highly recommend this hotel.
Stuart 15 Jan, 2020 Hyde, UK
Enjoyed Most
Have stayed here before, and have always had good service, clean room and very helpful and friendly staff.
Other Comments
great location, plenty of walks from the hotel, good restaurants nearby and lots going on in the Opera House and Pavillion Gardens
Clare 10 Jan, 2020 Stafford, UK
Enjoyed Most
A pleasure to stay in a town centre hotel with the park and economical parking outside the door. Lovely Knight piano to play in the sitting room. Travelzoo off the best for two nights
Other Comments
Would have been nice to have the real fire burning both days . Meals priced well . Staff very caring a town to enjoy.
Peter 10 Jan, 2020 Grange-over-Sands, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant one night stay.
Other Comments
Good location.
Ann 10 Jan, 2020 Derby, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great value for money. The room we had was newly refurbished and v tastefully decorated with a beautiful modern bathroom. All the staff were v pleasant and helpful. The food was plentiful and of a good standard . We live locally to Buxton and knew what a great place it is. Definitely recommend to friends and family.
David 08 Jan, 2020 Stockport, UK
Enjoyed Most
Room 21 perfect as refurbished, sadly not the case with 37 - shame as both booked together. Would want 21 again not 37
F 06 Jan, 2020 Norwich, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great food and service from staff. Room was large and comfortable.Location perfect for town and opera house. Parking available on street at £3 per day. overall great value break
Brendan 06 Jan, 2020 Ashton in Makerfield, UK
Enjoyed Most
Yes there is plenty to like about the Old Hall Hotel. In particular the staff were extremely pleasant and professional and cared about the service they were giving. I liked the informal lounges at the front of the hotel giving a comfortable place to relax. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and to stay there again once the bed problem has been fixed.
Other Comments
The four-poster bed was the most uncomfortable bed we have ever slept in. However, on mentioning this to the hotel management, they were outstanding in the way they listened to and dealt with the problem. I believe they did something about the bed within hours of my mentioning it.
Peter 04 Jan, 2020 Southport, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely break. Value for money.
Margarer 04 Jan, 2020 Carlisle, UK
Enjoyed Most
Really enjoyed our stay
Amanda 04 Jan, 2020 Nottinghamshire, UK

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