I arrived after dark to spend 5 nights on a walking trip, Sudbury being a good centre with strategic bus links. Apart from an illuminated sign on the road frontage, there was little to announce that this was a hotel and first impressions were somewhat underwhelming. It all seemed rather institutional, more like an old people's home than a hotel, with spartan decoration and furnishing. Although the owner was friendly enough on arrival, there was nothing outwardly to indicate "welcome" as I approached across the dominating hardstanding and stepped inside.
In daylight, this establishment was similarly unwelcoming, the building being quite characterless. It really does need a makeover, inside and out.
The room had a double bed but no room for anything else except a wooden chair and tiny bedside cabinets. There was an integral wardrobe and a small en suite wet room. The shower was adequate. Although generally clean, there was grubbiness areas like light switches and the shower handles - a bit jaded. The paper signs on the corridor walls announcing the location of the board room (for breakfast) added to the impression of tiredness.
As I grew more familiar with the place and the couple running it, I felt more comfortable. The slight smell in the room when I arrived (from the wet room I think) quickly went.
I gained the distinct impression that this hotel is aimed principally at the commercial rather than tourist market and this was quite apparent at breakfast, when most other diners were wearing their working clothes. OK for someone staying alone like me but I could see others being disappointed. There was very little tourist information on display, not even a map of Sudbury (except for one on the wall highlighting the town's churches) although the owner kindly found a handy pocket-sized one for me.
Breakfast, in a dated room with a 70s style patterned carpet, was reasonable with a good selection of well-in-date cereals and a decently cooked and presented breakfast, including good scrambled egg.
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