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4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Beeches Lodge

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The Beeches Lodge
Ranked #42 of 50 Hotels in Norwich
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Not bad at all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2011

The room was fine, very clean, warm, and with comfy beds. Smelt ok, decor was well above average. Building was in good shape. 10 minute walk into the City centre. This hotel is slap bang in the centre of the Golden Triangle with some fantastic pubs scattered around. We paid £20 each per night for a totally fine room. Would recommend for that price.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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    2 of 5 bubbles
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Byron Bay, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2011

Landed here via a late deal on booking.com for another property owned by MFB. When we got to original destination we found a room with a single bed. As there is no reception staff on site we rang for a resolution to this problem and were only offered to be re-accomodated after some polite insistence on our part. At no time was an apology offered. We were told as it was a late booking and we hadn't specified double or twin it was our fault. This was despite the communication from booking.com clearly specifying the room was for two people.
We were told we could be accomodated at Beeches Lodge, another location nearby (10 min) but far enough away if you have luggage to carry. A key code number is given for entrance via the front door and also to individual rooms. We witnessed how easily the main door is left ajar. No on site personnel means anybody is able to access the site if someone can let them in or give them the code. We wondered how often the door codes are changed. Don't leave valuables in your room.
The room was clean. There were two thin pillows and one thin duvet and clean towels-no extra linen of any form.The TV was functional (tiny and on top of a wall fitting) and the shower and toilet adequate. Kettle, cups x2. No fridge. Positives are it's location- 10 minutes walk from CBD, supermarket next door,cafe,takeaways and two pubs in close proximity. On site parking if you get there early.
Negatives- extremely noisy. Our room was by a door opening into a corridor that banged frrequently throughout the night. This was exacerbated by large group of drunken people on the second night who kept going between each other's rooms and yelling between them also. Traffic noise also carries from Unthank Road.
It was a cheap deal so we weren't expecting too much. We viewed it as the next step up from a back packers dorm which was basically what it was. However MFB responded to our feedback on booking.com in a very defensive manner, again pointing the finger at us for the outcomes. For example no-one else complaining about the noise that night made it our problem, the stuff up with the room was down to us and why were we making a deal about having to locate and get to the new site from the original one when it was still near the city centre? After feeding back via booking.com that their poor effort at customer service would not help them with repeat bookings or business generated by word-of-mouth recommendation we did receive a grudging apology.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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hampshire
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2011

AVOID this chain of hotels, ive paid for my stay 2 times now, they just kept taking money from my account via the card i used to book the room with, and they will not pay it back, they are extremely rude when i try to discuss it, so have lost a few hundred pounds for a £100 stay......SERIOUSLY AVOID!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Baldock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2011

My girlfriend and I made a last minute decision to stay at The MJB Lodge last night. I looked into last minute available rooms on Laterooms and found two of the MJB Group hotels listed, this one being for £20 for a family room that sleeps 6 (number 3 - one of the rooms accessed from the outside with Double and two Bunks). We decided to give it a go (every other hotel left was at least £40!) and were prepared to accept the worst...! We needn't have had such concern. Entry to the rooms is by a key code issued via email from the central office 5 minutes away in Earlham Road as there are no staff present on any of the sites. Having booked late, I did have to ring the office to obtain the code but the lady I spoke to was most helpful, she advised me to contact her if we had any further problems. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. Now at £20 for a room that could sleep 6 don't expect The Ritz but what we were presented with was clean and comfortable and had a few little extras that you sadly no longer find at Travelodge (towel rail, pictures, shampoo etc!) Room 3 has three separate areas (like an apartment without a kitchenette) which kept the Bunk Beds out of our way! The bed was comfortable and we had a very good night's sleep. The room was generally very quiet as it is not surrounded on three sides and lies out the back of the Hotel. The only noise we did find was in the morning from a Van driver in the car park who kept his engine running! The only real negatives we found were with some of the decor within the room: a few scuffs and marks here and there, blown lightbulb, coat hook with very loose screws on the wall and some damage to the television. But overall we were very satisfied and having stayed at a few of the Budget Hotels in Norwich I would choose this again, particularly over the new Riverside Travelodge. Highly recommend it for a group of friends who want to cost share at just over 3 quid a night!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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LONDON
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2009

I have stayed at this hotel the year before, was booked into one of their apartments in Upper St.Giles Street and it was wonderful. By contrast, had to stay at the hotel for the second night which was terrible.

Booked again last November for the apartment mentioned, not ready or cleaned on our arrival and the delay in arranging this ruined our arrangements made for that first evening. Cafe 91 downstairs owned by the MJB Group ripped us off, letter of complaint to the management completely ignored.

The arrogant and rude man that owns the hotel chain will, I hope, go bust in a very short space of time. I will not be returning there.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2009

We stayed here for convenience and the price on Boxing Day 2008 so we didn't have drive home that night (had been at a party). Service was friendly and room was large and clean - unusual layout, but very spacious. We paid around 40 pounds, and cannot complain - it fulfilled it's purpose. We even got to keep the car there the next day and walk into town (not far at all - approx between 5-10mins) which was very handy as the post-Christmas sales were in full force and the roads were a nightmare!
We had the first room to the right of the front door in the old vicarage (the building next door) and although the place was empty that night, I'd expect it gets very noisy with people coming and going and slamming the front door (room door is not sealed/sound proofed) - so beware. Otherwise, good, comfortable place where price is relative to what you get - no complaints at all!

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank chelseysugar
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Cambridge
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2009

Clean, Warm and comfortable rooms, basically furnished, but overall very good value for money. Breakfast was excellent and staff were helpful.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Beeches Lodge
Address: 82 Unthank Road, Norwich NR2 2RW, England (Formerly Old Vicarage Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Norwich
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Ranked #42 of 50 Hotels in Norwich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
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Beeches Hotel Norwich
The Beeches Lodge Norwich, Norfolk

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