The room was like a room in a student house which was quite a shock having seen the photos of the other rooms on the website. It was the only twin room so it was impossible to change it. My friend and I arrived separately and she was given the only key without being told it was the only key. Consequently she went out with the key and when I arrived I felt very inconvenienced because I had to keep asking reception to lock up the room every time I went out. I was shown to my room by a tall youth who made no offer whatsoever to assist me with my two pieces of luggage and a large handbag, even when going upstairs. Luckily it was not heavy but he had no way of knowing that. If my friend had been there when I first saw the room, we would have checked out immediately as she was equally unimpressed. Extremely low quality furnishings and fittings and looking straight onto the busy main road. Having travelled far and being tired, we decided to tough it out and stay. The cooked breakfast next day was inedible - soggy toast, tasteless scrambled egg and peculiar tasting brittle bacon. On the plus side, the staff were very pleasant (with the exception of the youth who escorted me to my room) - when they were there. On Friday night, the owner Patrick was there and at least 2 other men but they all disappeared for the weekend leaving Patrick's mother Valerie to run things practically on her own. Val was certainly valiant and gave 110% but it really was too much to expect one person to run the place when it was completely full. A for effort though but shame on Patrick for neglecting his business. The maid service was very sub-standard and the maid obviously had no idea how to make a bed. The Olde Bull is a diamond in the rough - run in a very amateurish fashion at present. Needs the Hotel Inspector in there to give them some tips.
- Also Known As:
- Olde Bull Hotel
- The Olde Bull Hotel Sudbury, Suffolk
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Olde Bull Hotel is a family run business set in a 16th Century Grade 1 Listed Olde Coaching Inn, well placed in the historic market town of Sudbury. We offer traditional British fayre and hospitality. Built in 1540, this Grade 1 listed hotel was originally built as a home for a wealthy merchant. It stands in a strategic position by the Ballingdon Bridge and the main entry into Sudbury from Essex and London. In the early 17th century it was the home of Richard Skinner, who in 1616 gave the town its silver seal. Bull baiting and cock fighting took place in the large yard behind (now our carpark). In 1795 the Mauldon family of Sudbury first became involved in brewing, for in that year Anna Maria Mauldon began brewing at the Olde Bull. This Brewery still exists today. We have 10 bedrooms in total, all with en-suite. We have three family rooms and 7 doubles. Most rooms have original oak beams. The Oak Room [right] Four Poster bedroom with vaulted ceiling and minstrels gallery, with all of the original 17th Century oak beams. ... more less
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