Smoking / Pets / Access / Eco Policies

Smoking Policy

The Edward Hotel a is non-smoking establishment. There is an area in the garden where guests may smoke.

Access Statement

The Edward Hotel is Grade Two Listed originally three houses built between 1796 and 1830 without access for the disabled in mind. The Edward does not have a lift but does have some ground floor bedrooms and a few rooms with just eight steps.

Access from the rear of the hotel is via a ramp from the car park and a single step into the hotel,
None of our rooms are fully wheelchair accessible  but we have had many wheelchair users and less mobile guests use the ground floor rooms successfully. Some of the ground floor bathrooms are more compact than others and have grabrails which can help guests that can stand. There is also a shower seat, please ask if required. They are not wetrooms and wheelchairs cannot access bathrooms. Some bathrooms have lever taps. The width of the doorways into rooms ranges from 69.5 to 70.5 cms. We can keep wheelchairs safely if they are not needed in the room.

All of our ground floor rooms are accessible from the rear car park. The easiest way into the city centre from the rear is to follow the path along Hyde Lane the route the cars take. This is a private lane, not tarmacked, with an undulating footpath that is non-maintained. It has however been successfully used by guests with lesser abilities.

The alternative route to the front of the hotel and London Road from the rear is to walk through the dining area to six steps and out through the front door negotiating six steps down.

Being so close to the hospital we are used to special access requests and will do our best to help within the restraints of the building. If you have specific requirements please ring and we can talk them through.

Pets / Guide Dogs

Although in general we do not accept pets we make an exception for guide dogs. Guide dogs are most welcome; we have six possible rooms available.

Environmental Policy

Carbon Footprint

For those choosing to arrive by train or bus you will be glad to know that we are just a short stroll from the stations which are centrally located.

Being so close to Gloucester’s city centre means that guests can walk to the shops and restaurants, to the local tourist venues such as GL1, the Guildhall, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester Cathedral, the county records office, and to many businesses located in the city. Gloucester Royal Hospital and the Oxstalls University campus are very close by. All guests are welcome to use our carpark on the day of arrival and departure for as long as needed. Gloucester is also served by an excellent local bus service to and from the city centre and local area.

We employ local staff and encourage walking, public transport and cycling to work whenever practicable.

Recycling and Composting

ALL possible rubbish is recycled including glass, paper/cardboard, plastic, juice cartons, lightbulbs, batteries, ink cartridges and waste food.

Energy Conservation

We have taken the usual steps of using low energy/LED and sensor bulbs inside and outside where possible, added lagging and insulation, introduced a low usage towel option for guests, and have sourced Eco max boilers to replace the existing ones in the future. As well as regulating timer switches daily when necessary, staff are requested to reduce thermostats each morning when rooms are not in use.

Water Conservation

Our staff are aware of the need to conserve water, ‘hippos’ are used to reduce consumption as are water butts and the reduced number of baths in bedrooms in preference to showers. Where practicable water flow has been reduced

Fair Trade and Local Produce

Sausages and eggs are bought locally and we are trying to source local bacon that can compare in quality and price to our existing supplier. Our coffee is fair-trade. We use local or fair-trade fruit and vegetables when in season and will be growing our own tomatoes and grapes.