We stayed at this hotel for a long weekend last weekend and overall I would thoroughly recommend it. It is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, with nature reserves on the marshes that are full of bird life, and a popular destination for bird watchers, as well as walkers. At Blakeney Point there are seals to be seen and there are boat trips that take you out to see them in their natural habitat. The hotel is situated right by the quayside in Blakeney which is a small village on the north Norfolk coast, and is about 100 metres from the Norfolk coastal footpath, so an excellent stop over point for walkers. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and the food is very good too although I did have a problem with my fish being overcooked on the first night, a deduction from the bill was made for this. We stayed in Room 9 which is a B category room, and I think caters for the disabled as the loo seat was raised and the bathroom was more like a wet room with a shower but no bath. It overlooked the middle of the hotel,was spacious and the bed was large very comfortable. The downside of our room was that I believe it was over the kitchen so was too warm, and the windows looked directly into the windows of the rooms opposite so there was little privacy - would be better if there were nets at the windows. The shower was very poor as the power was not strong enough.
If you stay at this hotel I would avoid rooms 3-9 if poss (unless you like being very warm!), as they are the ones over the kitchen. The TV reception in the room was also not very good, and this was a problem throughout the hotel whilst we were there but I don't know if it is always like that. It didn't really bother us as we did not spend that much time in the room anyway, apart from sleeping! If you can afford it, it would be worth paying the extra for the rooms overlooking the estuary as the views are quite something and you will not be overlooked. It was very noticible that the demographics changed from the week to weekend with older people being there mid week and younger people, some with families at the weekend.
The hotel has many amenities from an indoor swimming pool and sauna facilities, to a games room with billiards, table tennis and darts. There is also a snooker room and two large lounges with comfy sofas and chairs - one of them is on the first floor (which is also the floor that our room was on) where there are panoramic windows, binoculars and a telescope so that you can look out over the estuary and marshes at the fantastic bird life. The lounges are an excellent place for afternnoon tea which, whilst we did not have it, looked very good.
The hotel is currently undergoing refurbishment which should be finished soon. It did not impact upon our stay in any way.
If you like visiting National Trust properties there are many to visit in the area, as well as Sandringham, the Norfolk retreat of the Queen!
This was our first visit to Norfolk, and we shall definitely return and stay at this hotel again.
- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Blakeney
- Blakeney The Hotel
- The Blakeney Hotel Norfolk