Broadway, Cotswolds, UK
The Times, February 2008
"It is a restaurant with rooms, which opened in the pretty pastiche Cotswold village of Broadway in 2004. The building had been the home of furniture designer Gordon Russell and fallen derelict – since then business partners Barry Hancox and Andrew Riley have bought the house next door and now have seven rooms.
It’s no surprise to learn they have more than 50 years experience of hotels between them, and that they managed two local institutions, the Lygon Arms and Broadway Hotel.
At Russell’s, they have stripped away the heavy curtains, baroque furniture and stuffy atmosphere and gone for a cool, informal and contemporary approach. The internet is free and there’s a plasma screen in the bedroom. The curtains here are lined, notes my wife, appraising the attention to detail.
To dinner, on a busy Saturday night. There is tap water on the table (we like that) and a very young, sharp staff buzzing around chaperoned by a pink-shirted lieutenant."
"Russells markets itself as a 'restaurant with rooms', but I recommend it change to 'great rooms ... with a restaurant'. My suite was fantastic. Huge, with a sense of the olde worlde with slap on, it is one of three new rooms, making a total to seven. I loved its high triangular sloped ceiling, its dark chunky wooden beams, four-poster bed and the pale purple, dusky rose and muscovado sugar colour scheme.
I liked that the building used to be a furniture factory, and that our suite stretched along the eaves. My boyfriend loved it because it had two TVs, one in the bathroom so he could watch the football from the double-size jacuzzi."
"My Broadway top tip is Russell's - a restaurant with rooms - which was awarded a 'Cesar' under the Newcomer of the Year category in the 2006 edition of the Good Hotel Guide......Barry Hancox has taken on the mantle of impeccable style here at Russell's, with the restaurant serving wonderful modern British dishes and the bedrooms upstairs mixing contemporary art with traditional Arts & Craft pieces. The state of the art bathrooms use cool natural stone tiles and offer both huge baths and shower cubicles."
Conde Nast Traveller
"A stylish restaurant with rooms in a mellow Cotswold stone farmhouse on the High Street of Broadway, one of the area's prettiest villages. As one local diner put it: 'We come here for a treat. It's fab.' The rooms are contemporary without being stark. There are over-sized bed heads. Our room was spacious, comfortable and flooded with light from three windows. The good sized bathroom had double sinks, marble tiles and a skylight."
The Sunday Times
"The room: sensationally good. In fact, in quite a different class from all the other César winners this year. It was vast, and equipped with a huge and delicious bed, double sinks in the bathroom, and a TV and DVD system so powerful it made even a humdrum midweek movie memorable. I later discovered this wasn’t even the best room. 10/10."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“The staff were very warm and welcoming and Russell's has a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. The food is also excellent - some of the best meals we've had in the UK. Walk up to the tower - great views of most of the Cotswolds. And have afternoon tea at the Tearooms across from Russell's.”
Adrian, United Kingdom (18.01.15)
“We had the most wonderful break at Russell's and would love to return. It combines luxury and relaxation perfectly. We really appreciated the friendly welcome we received.”
Denis, United Kingdom (20.08.14)
“A superb location in a very nice town which is central to all the sights of the Cotswolds. Our room was one of the newer ones and was comfortable and situated at the front of the hotel. We heard some conversation late one night at the outside seating for the restaurant, so you might want one of the rooms at the back if that's bothersome. It was tricky getting wifi but that was eventually was sorted out. The breakfast was good and generous in selections and portions.”
Rita, United States (26.05.14)