We stayed at Andover House for one night on 27th July. Wellwe seem to have found a quality alternative to the coach tour filled, purple rinse brigade properties most of us have come to tolerate in Yarmouth - the Andover House.
With a rate only a fraction higher than the dreary Travelodge, clean modern accommodation, an almost seafront location, ample parking in the street outside and a restaurant worthy of acclaim, Andover House really is something special in a myriad of average.
Check-in formalities are undertaken in a small reception room to the right of the main entrance, next to the restaurant. An experience akin to some of the more upmarket hotels, it is conducted while seated in front of a desk. A nice touch that you instantly notice as different. Clever. The young lady who checked us in was both polite and efficient and rather than simply handing us our key, proceeded to show us all the features of this small hotel, pointing out the restaurant, bar, outside areas, and the way to our rooms.
Having booked late, I chose a ‘small double’. I was pleasantly surprised as this room was more than equal to a large bedroom at home, with an adequate en-suite shower room. The room was clean, and was furnished with a large wardrobe, bedside furniture, writing desk and flatscreen FreeView television. WiFi is free, and the code located inside the ‘Welcome Pack’ in each room. It was fast and reliable.
Simple, clean and more than adequate.
Sadly the restaurant was fully booked for the night of our stay, so I can’t review it personally. However, judging by the menu and the fact it was fully booked I can safely assume that it’s top notch.
The bar is modern with a real chic feel, and cleverly retains some old charm. The young barman was friendly and polite and really seemed to enjoy working, engaging customers in conversation.
We’re having some warm muggy nights at the moment in the UK. So sleep is difficult at the best of times. However my partner and I slept well in the cool rooms, aided by the quiet street below and the window being slightly ajar enabling the sea breeze to filter through.
Continental breakfast is included in the rate, but for only £3.70 extra a full Norfolk Breakfast is available, using locally sourced produce and cooked fresh to order. Two staff were on duty for breakfast service (including the young barman from the previous evening), and he continued his friendly service and positive image of the hotel. (Sadly the other lady largely ignored us on arrival and spent seemingly the entire breakfast service cleaning the two unoccupied tables – quite bizarre!)
Check Out was conducted quickly and we were offered help with our bags and wished a pleasant day. A really nice touch.
Without hesitation, I will recommend Andover House to anyone wanting that little touch of luxury in Great Yarmouth, and hope that the owners continue to enjoy every success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Andover House is an intimate, endearing hotel, located on a beautiful tree lined avenue close to the seafront and business hub of Great Yarmouth. Inspired for those over 13, The Copper Kitchen restaurant and bar serves stunning food, at fair prices, with service befitting the setting. An intimate, contemporary atmosphere with a welcoming, homely charm. The en-suite hotel rooms have everything needed when away from home; amazingly comfortable beds, free breakfast, big HD televisions showing Sky Sports and homemade biscuits to nibble on with a cup of tea. The shower rooms are small but we hope we make up for it in other ways! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Andover House Hotel Great Yarmouth, Norfolk