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“Four nights was too few!”
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The Lodge Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Old Hunstanton
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“Four nights was too few!”
Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

We returned yesterday from our stay at The Lodge and dearly wished we could have stayed longer. While there, we were so enchanted that we actually enquired about the possibility of staying another night, but in the end (alas!) we couldn't find anyone to feed our cat for any longer, so had to come home!

This was our third trip to the North Norfolk Coast, and both trips previously have been wonderful, but the Lodge Inn is just the perfect base to explore from, particularly, if like us you are reliant on public transport. We travelled by train to King's Lynn, and it was quick, cheap and easy to get the coast hopper bus to the hotel in Old Hunstanton. We were especially delighted when we arrived, with our cumbersome cases, to discover the bus stop is right on the hotel's doorstep.
We had paid for a superior room and it really was a haven of calm after a long travel and after long days walking and exploring. That said, all the other rooms looked beautiful as well.

We decided to have lunch straight away, when we arrived, and just about managed to eat outside in the pleasant outdoor eating area before the weather turned. On this Bank holiday, Easter Monday, the bar and restaurant area were packed, and it was happily buzzy with a mixture of couples, families, and very happy dogs! The staff were always on top of things and super-friendly and professional in spite of the busy-ness and our lunch of chicken Caesar salads came promptly and was delicious, with epically good soft-boiled eggs with vivid sunset bright yolks.

It was only a five minute walk to the beach, which was still beautiful even in the wind and drizzle. On other days, it was a short bus journey to the incredible Titichwell Reserve, Holkham Bay and Hall and Wells-next-the-Sea.

Breakfast every day was incredible, with really good choice. Breakfast was served in the restaurant, but in the evenings, it was equally nice to eat in the bar area. I personally liked to see how child and dog-friendly the hotel and bar were, but if you wanted to be away from dogs, there are dog-free areas. We had originally intended to eat in lots of different places, but the food was so good at The Lodge, we only are somewhere else one night (and I wish we'd not bothered to be honest!). Highlights were the whole lemon sole we both had off the catch of the day, my seared salmon with perfect bearnaise and the impeccable poached eggs at breakfast every day!

Both my husband and I have backgrounds in customer service so we particularly appreciated the professionalism, good cheer and kindness of all of the staff at the hotel, restaurant and bar. We both know how tiring customer service can be and how under-appreciated one can feel sometimes, so to see and experience a team as friendly, considerate and efficient as the team at the Lodge was a proper joy. Thank you *so much*. Not a weak link anywhere, and your efforts elevated the hotel as a whole.

Another word about the food. I am currently working as a private chef/caterer, so it's always nice to have someone else cooking for me (!), but I have rarely had fish cooked as well and as consistently as I did here. So fresh and beautiful! I think the catch of the day option off the specials menu is well worth going for!

Thank you again. We had such a wonderful stay,

Penny and Nathan Pearce

  • Stayed April 2014
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jacsandy, Manager at The Lodge Inn, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
What a fabulous review, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience.

Feedback like yours gives us the motivation to continue to evaluate what we do here and improve things further, we are all so delighted that all of the hard work that goes into running a challenging property like this doesn't go unnoticed.

Thank you once again, we hope when you return you have an even better stay.

Kind regards,

Gavin

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

My husband and I together with our 3 month old son just spent three nights at the Lodge and had the most wonderful first family holiday.

The hotel is beautiful, they welcome dogs and families. Our room had the perfect blend of warmth and character, the modern four poster bed was amazing! Our cot fitted perfectly beside it and the 3 of us were very comfortable indeed.

The little Chesterfield style sofa opposite the enormous Flatscreen TV was perfect for relaxing in with a coffee whilst feeding our little man, there was also a lovely wing back chair for reading in along with a dressing table amongst other furniture.

The bathroom was brand new really modern and just lovely, I really liked the presentation of the toiletries and the range chosen and supplier (I didn't use any of my products the Norfolk ones smelt amazing!)

The bath was lovely and big and we had some great fun with baby each night at bedtime, the power shower was fantastic for us and a heated mirror was a welcome luxury too.

The little tea tin had a great selection of hot drinks for us to make and shortbread biscuits too, everything was well presented and neatly arranged.

The only possible slight and very minor observation I made regarding any possible improvement was the hair drier! I have long hair and the little travel drier in the dressing table meant it took a few minutes extra to dry my hair - I literally cannot find any other fault and to be honest I am fussy about my hair and should have brought my own!

So, the room is beautiful, well equipped and stylishly furnished; the bed is heavenly and the bathroom has everything you could wish for.

Now onto the food - Breakfast - quite possibly the best value for money, the granola is nutty and delicious, the croissants fresh and buttery, the hot food cooked to order is like nothing I have tasted before! You truly are set up for the day if you start it here after a great nights sleep.

We had breakfast and dinner at the Lodge each day, we hadn't planned to but it was just so good we didn't want to go anywhere else! I haven't eaten so well since our honeymoon -the food here is just spectacular, presented beautifully in next to no time and piping hot the produce was fresh and the flavours delicious.

All this is complimented by the staff all of whom were friendly, polite and welcoming. Special thanks must be paid to Chelsie & Sam who looked after us with such care and attention morning and night.

The location is beautiful, a stones throw from the beach which you find down a road which has the most charming shop 'The Strandline' - I could have spent a fortune in here it was just packed to the rafters with beautiful things! (Note: cash only)

A few doors down before you hit the beach is the Le Strange antiques and art gallery - again I could have spent a fortune here! To look properly through all the little shops inside you really need about an hour - then it's down to the beach!

We didnt take our buggy onto the beach but could clearly see beyond the dunes how beautiful the sand was - loved the beach huts too it was all so pretty!

There are loads of things to do nearby on foot and even more if you have a car - you have to go to Sandringham for the day the grounds are breathtaking and the house and museum are amazing.

If you have kids you must go to Norfolk Lavender, even if you don't have kids go it's great!

We spent four days in North Norfolk and barely scratched the surface, one thing is for sure though when we return we will definitely be staying at The Lodge again!

Thank you so much for having us

Emma, Ben & Noah

  • Stayed April 2014
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed two nights and had a lovely visit. The themed room 'garden shed' was really comfortable. We liked the added extras - clearly well thought out.
The radiators allowed plenty of heat and the bathroom was cosy. Good supply of tea/coffee and no quibble about extra supplies.
The staff were friendly, polite and considerate. Meals in the bar were of good standard. Table booking a must when busy! Breakfast was of a high quality and nicely presented.
From this Lodge we walked to the beach about 15 min walk - we stopped off at the local craft shop which was a trove of delights. This was by far the better of the two 'sister' hotels in the same area and ticked all the boxes on many fronts. We made enquires about revisiting with our daughter who is disabled and clearly the staff would be willing to accommodate her needs.
Thank you.
So all in all a good place to stop not that far from home but far enough that you feel you have gone away!

Room Tip: We had a room off the courtyard - ideal
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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jacsandy, Manager at The Lodge Inn, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you for your excellent review of The Lodge Inn.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us during a busy Easter weekend, the Garden Shed bedroom is a great asset to the hotel; we have some lovely quirky bedrooms in the main house too as well as a selection of self catering properties in the village.

Thanks again for a great review and we look forward to welcoming you all to The Lodge soon.

Kind regards,

Gavin

Gavin Wyeth
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

After a pretty uncomfortable experience at a restaurant in hunstanton we came to the lodge for a family meal which we hoped would be hassle free we were not disappointed. The staff were friendly and pleasant. The food was excellent, the baby changing facilities were the cleanest and most decent I had encountered in hunstanton. I would definitely recommend eating snd drinking here. Fantastic food and outstanding staff at last and decent family friendly place to eat in hunstanton.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Everything very good the room was superb, the evening meal one of the best,the breakfast first class, all the staff were helpful & do there jobs very well nothing was too much trouble. Would definitely book again worth more than 5 stars.

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms very good.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thetford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

This is my second review, I couldn't help it, we keep going back, its almost an annual pilgrimage. I have to say any one who like us sometimes feels awkward or embarrassed and stressed going to hotels with two large dogs especially after they've had a wonderful time on the beach it is so important to be welcomed and feel relaxed. This is just the place, they don't bat an eyelid and the service and staff are always welcoming and helpful. The courtyard rooms are the place to be in with your dogs, quiet, spacious with a dog blanket and bowls available. The beach at Old Hunstanton is a dogs paradise and a short easy stroll from the Lodge!
For the humans, the breakfast is fabulous, if you like healthy then the home made granola with fresh fruit salad and soaked dried fruits with yogurt on top is perfect. The cooked breakfasts are also delicious and you can pretty much have anything, I usually opt for kippers or smoked haddock and poached egg, but the full English is superb too. And there are coixants!
The menu is a relaxed mix of traditional and Italian all at a fair price and well portioned and well cooked, wines are good and can be bought by the glass.
We will be back of course!

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms for those of you with dogs, they are spacious, The garden Shed is lovely and has a b...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Visited in March, taking advantage of a winter offer for a 2 night stay. Stayed in room 6, which has plenty of space and a very comfortable bed. Although a "superior" room, this does not extend to the view, but unless you like to spend hours looking out of the windows, this is no great handicap. The evening meal in the restaurant was excellent - a particularly delicious bowl of soup - and it made such a pleasant change to have breakfast cooked to order rather than have to make do with the usual "hit and miss" buffet effort. All the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, particularly the manager. They all appeared to be working in a happy environment, which helps enormously. Keep up the good work.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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jacsandy, Manager at The Lodge Inn, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you for your excellent review of The Lodge Inn following your recent stay with us.

We are delighted you both enjoyed your stay with us, the food and our hospitality. It gives me great pleasure in passing such wonderful comments onto the team here.

Hopefully we can welcome you back again soon!

Kind regards,

Gavin


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Property: The Lodge Inn
Address: Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton PE36 6HX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Old Hunstanton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Old Hunstanton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lodge Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of the old village, The Lodge in Old Hunstanton Norfolk offers a relaxed and casual experience - perfectly combining the traditional with the contemporary. Conveniently situated only 500 yards from Old Hunstanton beach, coastal walks and Old Hunstanton Golf Course. The food is simply sumptuous, our specials blackboard changes daily - with an emphasis on fresh fish and locally sourced produce. For the ultimate treat, try our homemade puddings. Dine in the bar, outside in the veranda garden or enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the dining room. The bar offers a great selection of wines and real ales. We have 16 beautiful, well appointed accommodation rooms , which are simply fantastic, and 5 luxury self-contained cottages . "The Loft" and "The Attic" rooms are superior accommodation suites with sea views across rooftops. Our Courtyard rooms are individually special. Most of the rooms have super king size beds, and all accommodation is equipped to a high standard, with flat screen televisions, modern en-suites and warm, fluffy bath towels ... more   less 
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