The Hillcrest Hotel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire Location map

We stayed at the Hillcrest Hotel for the duration of our visit to Lincoln in July 2011.

Photograph of the Hillcrest Hotel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England   We found the Hillcrest Hotel easily enough in Lindum Terrace, a quiet leafy road with tremendous views to the south and parked initially in the road outside. It seems a little strange at first to discover that one cannot get any farther than the entrance lobby without a key and that one must then contact reception by pressing a button on the door entry system by the inner door and speaking to reception who will then open the inner door for you remotely.

This is because reception is on the floor below and they can't see who may be going in and out so it's safer this way. Your room key will also have a key for the outer door so you can let yourself in easily enough. We booked in and collected our key from a very pleasant lady who, we discovered later, was one of the owners. Because the hotel is built on a slope our room was on the groundfloor at the front but the first floor at the back.

 
Photograph of the Hillcrest Hotel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England   There is nice garden with chairs where one could relax in the sun (it's south facing) and our room had views across the garden to the Arboretum below. The Conservatory that you can see is used partly as an extension to the Lounge Bar and partly as an extension to the Dining Room and we had all our meals in the Conservatory. Very pleasant!

Our room was of a reasonable size with a king-size four poster bed but the bathroom was small with a shower cubicle and no bath. The hotel has 15 rooms and the owners are in the process of renovating all the rooms with just 4 yet to be done. Ours was one of those four. Our hosts were obviously genuinely enthusiastic about their hotel and were keen to bring everything up to their high standards and were hoping that, when it came to renovating our room, they would be able to increase the size of the bathroom. I did point out that there was no soap dish in the shower and when I returned to the room a few hours later to collect something I'd forgotten it had been replaced. That's service!

We had a look at some of the other refurbished rooms and they were all very nice indeed. We had breakfast and dinner in the Conservatory and the food at all meals was exceptionally good in very pleasant surroundings.

 
The Conservatory, Hillcrest Hotel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England   The view of the Conservatory, Hillcrest Hotel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England  

The hotel has limited space for parking but parking in the road outside is free and unrestricted. It would be easy to find a space on Saturday or Sunday but not so easy during the working week.

From our own experience we can recommend the Hillcrest Hotel.

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