For our wedding anniversary we decided to treat ourselves and take advantage of the St Giles House Hotels Friday dinner b\b offer. The hotel is a fairly new and welcome addition to Norwich and has a good reputation, but as a local I have never stayed there. For non-locals, I can assure you the hotel is absolutely central to the city, and with a free car park ideal for visiting; Norwich is not great for parking but here you can come by car but then forget it – the city centre is on the door step. That said, it was very quiet at night, no noise from outside at all. The exterior is impressive, as is the building itself, but entering from the car park is disappointingly low key. The reception area again a bit uninspiring, but from thereon things looked up. The bar and bistro is bright and airy, comfy and art deco, the lounge is all fireplace, panelling and Georgian luxury, and the cloakrooms are impeccable. The books, alongside the newspapers and magazines were a nice touch and free Wi-Fi that worked! I was a bit surprised (disappointed) though, that the lounge was not available the next day as it was `reserved` Our bedroom was fine, a good size (Kings Room), just as it looked on the website, and had a balcony (remember this is City Centre though so the view was, well, limited….not a problem, but not really scenic). The beds were sumptuous and the furniture (solid oak) good quality, and a well-stocked mini bar and the bathroom condiments all complimented the quality feel. The only slight niggles were these; whilst he website said that some rooms had “generous quadrant showers”, I did not realise this meant a `wet room` - i.e. no bath tub. The bathroom was fine, large (easily room for a bath AND a separate shower) and the shower was great but….my wife loves a good soak…if we`d known we would have asked for a room with a tub; be warned. The other niggle – the luxury robes. Lovely... till I put my hand in the pocket and felt the tissues!!! My wife assured me they would have been washed but….straight back in the wardrobe and I must admit it took a while to get out of my mind. Some other little flaws slightly lowered my impressions a bit (the erratic toilet flush, the bodged up bathroom door handles and the bedroom curtains… just get your maintenance man to shorten the pole 20mm each end and they`d meet in the middle and close properly!! Actually, any decent maintenance man easily could sort all of these flaws.) Minor things maybe, but these things make the difference. The staff were good and the food – superb. A good menu and wine list, good service, good presentation and an excellent quality meal. Breakfast was also faultless. For the price, the dinner, bed and breakfast offer is excellent value, and this is a stylish, quality hotel in a historic building with a great central location. It is individual, comfortable and has an excellent bistro and I recommend it; but for a few anomalies, I would say a genuine 4 star hotel in every sense.
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