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“Seemed a bit institutional and dated”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hill Lodge Hotel

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Hill Lodge Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Sudbury
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Seemed a bit institutional and dated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

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.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

Good points - very short walking distance from town where you can access all amenities - shops, restaurants, bars ect... toilets & rooms are clean.
Down side - very dated and needs a good refurbishment and general overhaul - not somewhere to stay if you are looking for luxury / relaxation or a holiday longer than a night or so.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Halstead
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Hill Lodge is just a short walk from the town centre and has a sizeable car park. Check in was very straight forward, the room was immaculate with all the usual facilities, comfortable bed, wet room and thick curtains which blank out the early morning sun.

The hotel has a decent bar too and large breakfast room.

For late returning revellers there is keypad system to enter, best to enter the code onto a mobile phone before going out.

All in all no complaints at all, friendly owner.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

I used this hotel quite a lot ,years ago when jim and anita french owned it , always enjoyed it and the company in the bar at night, the food was great. Does anybody know if linda from norwich still visits the place

Stayed October 2012
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ashby13
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

i stayed here for 2 nights back in june and tbh it was the worst stay i have ever had. the bed was hard, hairs all over it. very disappointed. breakfast wasnt the greatest either id rather eat at weather spoons and its much cheaper there.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

Clean rooms, very friendly staff and good breakfast. It is a nice and cosy family-run hotel. The walls were thin and the bar could be better (it was a little bit old). It is not far from the center of sudbury.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

Cosy small fairly intimate kind of place, seems to have a total staff of two + cleaner, all friendly and helpful we enjoyed our stay, they could make much more of the bar area would be my only comment (This is my opinion, this is not a critisim) the rooms are a tad on the small side and the shower is a wet room that does not always work well in a small enviroment but all in all great value very reasonably priced, clean, very comfy bed, lovely breakfast well situated all for a very modest sum, do not be afraid to stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hill Lodge Hotel
Address: 8 Newton Road, Babergh District CO10 2RL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Babergh District > Sudbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Sudbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hill Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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