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“Turkey and tinsel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park

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Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park
Norwich, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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“Turkey and tinsel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Four night midweek break, all inclusive.
Took a club room as electricity is included; heating is electric, so on all the time in the cold weather. Plenty of hot food 3 times a day, good selection, but not 5 star, self service only. Plenty to so, swimming pool open also.
Very good value for money.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Went for the weekend as it was my brother in law's birthday celebration and I have to say that it we had a very good time. First, we upgraded to the better chalets, but I wouldn't bother, they are like a goldfish bowl with the front being all glass and unless you have the curtain shut anyone walking past looks directly into you bedroom/kitchen. You also have further to walk from the carpark to you accommodation, not great, especially if it's raining and you take your own bedding.
The staff were always helpful, efficient cheerful and hard working. The quality of the food was outstanding, except for some of the soup (very watery) and some of the fried eggs at breakfast looked and tasted more like the joke plastic eggs.It was a turkey and tinsel weekend and the "Christmas day" meal was of an excellent quality and plenty of it. Last night was beef and that was also very very good. Yes I would stay there again, but maybe just a long weekend.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

We are at Pakefield now - arrived armed with cleaning products - chalet was spotless! Food is exactly what I was expecting for the money! If you want 5 star you have to pay for it. One small gripe lunch today - salad ran out and wasn't replaced - 3 types of pasta on offer but people used the same spoon to have a helping of each which made veggie choice non-veggie took a plate to salad bar to have cheese salad and was told I had to have a bowl but there was only tomato, cucumber and cous cous to have with the cheese. Not really a problem just made a cheese roll but server had a bad attutude which was not necessary! Been to Morrisons to stock up in case same happens tonight.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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368 reviews
63 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

Really enjoyed this camp reminded me of the 70s thats because some of it still is ! but to be fair lots of upgrades going on and the only 70s part of it was the roller shutter doors in the canteen /restaurant,i loved the walk to the beach the path to this was floodlit so you could walk down in the dark and watch the moon bounce off the waves perfect summer feel,food was lovely lots of choice chalets warm beds dare i say it lumpy boing !and bath was for disable people but ! the shower was lovely ,crazy golf lots of fun and free ! like the tennis and other things overaul a great ideal weekend away .thankyou pontins and staff!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

I went to Pakefield with great trepidation after reading many disparaging reviews - mainly concerning the cleanliness of the place and food and I one point we thought of not going. As we were not expecting very much we quite pleasantly surprised with the state of our chalet. It was very basic and small (the bathroom was almost as big as the living area) but it was generally clean - there were areas that could have a bit more elbow grease applied to but on the whole it was OK. One gripe we had was that although check-in was 16.00 and you would assume that the chalets would be ready - when we got to the chalet it was not.

The food was good - there was always soup, salad starters, choice of meat or fish or vegetarian for main with choices of vegetables. Puddings were choice of cakes, fruit or ice cream. True it was not cordon bleu but we found it very good for the price that we had paid.,

The entertainment, both day & night was very good, and the entertainment team was excellent.

We would recommend it and would certainly think about going again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

Just back from another 60's weekend with GN Holidays, we went on a similar one in March 2013.
I have scored it average, but for value and entertainment I would give it higher.
We had chalet 214 this time and had a bad nights sleep the 1st night due to feeling every spring in the bed. Next day I asked if they could find a better mattress or put a duvet as a topper which they did to make it more comfortable.
The bathroom has a terrible problem with damp but you get what you pay for and this was cheap.
Entertainment is good though we were a bit disapointed with the MerseyBeats (more like missbeats) I think they are living on past glory. Sunday night was much better with Edison Lighthouse and of course the entertainment manager from GN Holidays (Maria) makes it.
Where else can you get 3 nights accom, half board and entertainment and drinks for 99p until 9pm for £100 ??
No way would I go here if it wasn't a 60's weekend for the over 40's but have booked again for next March 60's weekend
Some tips, take a tea towel and washing up liquid if you want to make tea or coffee or use the limited catering facilites. Take more coathangers, there were only 4 wire ones. Take a bathmat or towel to put down in the bathroom and if you bath or shower everyday take more towels as its difficult to get them dry at this time of year and they only provide one small bath towel and one handtowel per person

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Frinton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

Just got back from Pakefields sixties weekend, absolutely brilliant for entertainment, chalets were clean, water piping hot,and radiators hot, very comfortable considering we were only in the rooms to sleep, as all the food was provided, and plenty of it, a varied choice for breakfast, and 3/4 choices for evening meal, all buffet so you could eat as much as you liked, plent to do in the daytime with quizzes and fun games, bingo, cards etc. very good compares, Irene and Hayley,
altogether great value at £99 for three nights, with drinks at 99p form 6pm till 9pm.
ps, large indoor pool.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park
Address: London Road Pakefield, Lowestoft NR33 7PF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Lowestoft
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Lowestoft
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park 2*
Number of rooms: 513
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Long established, friendly holiday park with many amenities for both young and young at heart. please note all rooms are non smoking for our guests' comfort. ... more   less 
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