I recently stayed for a night in the Sunrise Suite at the Pier Hotel with my wife for our first anniversary. Upon arriving at the hotel we managed to get a parking space right outside the entrance, as we entered, the receptionist was very welcoming and friendly and informed us of mealtimes, etc. and asking if we would like to book a table in the restaurant for dinner, however we chose to decide later.
This was our first trip to the Pier Hotel so we were a little unsure as to what to expect of the room but all we can say is that it was stunning, as we reached the top of the first flight of stairs we were faced with the large double doors which was the entrance to our suite.
Upon entering we can only say that we were very impressed with both the suite itself and the level of cleanliness that staff had obviously taken great care to achieve, even down to the little touches like a bottle of water by each side of the bed and a generously filled tray of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, although there was not enough milk provided for the amount of drinks this was readily available at reception.
There was a large television in the lounge area of the suite and a slightly smaller one (but still a fair size) in the bedroom, although only there for the night so we didn't watch it very much but thought we would add it in! In the lounge area there are 2 comfy chairs and a further 2 chairs and a small table by the television, also, in the bedroom area there were 2 chairs and a table in the window. The shower room was also nicely presented with a large walk in shower and plentiful towels, and handy little dispensers for soap, shampoo, shower gel and conditioner, which was very handy.
Also, and this was really our favourite part, was the balcony up several steps leading off the lounge area, here was a small decking area but plenty of room for a small table and 2 chairs up one end and 2 chairs up the other, and the view, although slightly obscured by the roof of the extension was still amazing and we spent quite a lot of time out there admiring the view across the bay of the beach and cliffs, and on the Sunday morning the sailing club setting up was also quite interesting.
We went down to the bar area for a drink and the service was generally pretty fast and the bar staff friendly, this area was also nicely decorated with everything clearly signposted, it was also very clean with the bar staff regularly wiping the bar area (within seconds of picking your drink up), the drinks prices were reasonable and about what I would have expected to pay, not cheap, but not too expensive either.
We decided to eat in the bar area so my Wife had the pate to start followed by a daily special of cajun grilled monkfish then profiteroles with ice cream, all of which she said was very good, I had the soup of the day (root vegetable), followed by a 10 oz rib eye steak (which was cooked to perfection), then the chocolate and cherry gateaux which was also very tasty, so yes, the food was good, and again reasonably priced considering we had 3 courses.
The bed was comfortable providing an adequate nights sleep (but then I don't generally sleep well anyway), although my wife slept well and I couldn't wake her up to see the sunrise that SHE insisted we saw, so instead I took some pictures for her and showed her later...lol
The breakfast was also very good, with a choice of fruit juice, cereal, etc. to start, although we did not have these and instead went straight for a pot of tea and a full English which I thoroughly enjoyed and again, the service was very friendly.
Shortly after this we went back to our room for the last time, and was gutted that we had to leave, and upon checking out, the receptionist asked if all was ok and if we enjoyed our stay, which of course we did (I'm sure that you already knew the answer frrom the above review ;)).
All in all we had a great time and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, as at least in our opinion it had the full package!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Probably one of the most beautifully situated coastal hotels in England. Now a three star establishment; the relaxed surroundings of the Pier Hotel combined with quality home cooked food, great wines and friendly service make up the perfect ingredients for a wonderful stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pier Hotel Gorleston On Sea
- The Pier Hotel Gorleston-On-Sea, Great Yarmouth