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 -- 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

"All the staff were really friendly and helpful. Our room was amazing!! Dinner and breakfast both excellent and great location, within walking distance of everything."
8 Feb, 2020 - Solihull, 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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(222 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
All the staff were really friendly and helpful. Our room was amazing!! Dinner and breakfast both excellent and great location, within walking distance of everything.
Deborah 08 Feb, 2020 Solihull, UK
Enjoyed Most
Enjoyed from the moment we arrived. Wonderful hotel in a great central location. The food was all delicous cooked by proper chefs. All the staff were so nice and friendly throughout our stay. Enjoyed after dinner relaxing in the cosy lounge sitting in front of a warming open fire . Highly recommend and would 100% definately return again great value stay . Our executive double room was very large and comfortable with lots of character.
Other Comments
Honestly cannot name one negative thing about our stay only wished it could have been longer .
Martin 07 Feb, 2020 Horsham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely food, friendly staff, great location. Cosy and steeped in charm. Would definitely stay again.
Caroline 05 Feb, 2020 Lincoln, UK
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Judith 03 Feb, 2020 Milnthorpe, UK
Enjoyed Most
The Old Hall hotel is a fantastic hotel to visit. It is ideally located right in the centre of everything , the staff are very polite , helpful , smart and they cannot do enough for you . A great place to visit.
Other Comments
I will keep checking Travelzoo for any further offers regarding the Old Hall hotel and I will certainly book again when there are any offers for this hotel.
Barry 03 Feb, 2020 Manchester, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great hotel. Perfect location, great food and friendly staff.
Darren 03 Feb, 2020 Wirral, UK
Enjoyed Most
Could do with some updating but without spoiling it's quirkiness.
Other Comments
The food was very good.
Carol 02 Feb, 2020 Prenton, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable, very comfortable, enjoyed the ambience (old school)
Other Comments
I marked the room down to 4 because the fan and towel in the loo were not working, The roo.was lovely
Grace 01 Feb, 2020 Swadlincote, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great location,lovely rooms
Kerry 27 Jan, 2020 Northampton, UK
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Excellent. Such good value for money. Great location.
Julia 26 Jan, 2020 Huddersfield, UK

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