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The Blakeney Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Blakeney
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 March 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a long weekend last weekend and overall I would thoroughly recommend it. It is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, with nature reserves on the marshes that are full of bird life, and a popular destination for bird watchers, as well as walkers. At Blakeney Point there are seals to be seen and there are boat trips that take you out to see them in their natural habitat. The hotel is situated right by the quayside in Blakeney which is a small village on the north Norfolk coast, and is about 100 metres from the Norfolk coastal footpath, so an excellent stop over point for walkers. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and the food is very good too although I did have a problem with my fish being overcooked on the first night, a deduction from the bill was made for this. We stayed in Room 9 which is a B category room, and I think caters for the disabled as the loo seat was raised and the bathroom was more like a wet room with a shower but no bath. It overlooked the middle of the hotel,was spacious and the bed was large very comfortable. The downside of our room was that I believe it was over the kitchen so was too warm, and the windows looked directly into the windows of the rooms opposite so there was little privacy - would be better if there were nets at the windows. The shower was very poor as the power was not strong enough.

If you stay at this hotel I would avoid rooms 3-9 if poss (unless you like being very warm!), as they are the ones over the kitchen. The TV reception in the room was also not very good, and this was a problem throughout the hotel whilst we were there but I don't know if it is always like that. It didn't really bother us as we did not spend that much time in the room anyway, apart from sleeping! If you can afford it, it would be worth paying the extra for the rooms overlooking the estuary as the views are quite something and you will not be overlooked. It was very noticible that the demographics changed from the week to weekend with older people being there mid week and younger people, some with families at the weekend.

The hotel has many amenities from an indoor swimming pool and sauna facilities, to a games room with billiards, table tennis and darts. There is also a snooker room and two large lounges with comfy sofas and chairs - one of them is on the first floor (which is also the floor that our room was on) where there are panoramic windows, binoculars and a telescope so that you can look out over the estuary and marshes at the fantastic bird life. The lounges are an excellent place for afternnoon tea which, whilst we did not have it, looked very good.

The hotel is currently undergoing refurbishment which should be finished soon. It did not impact upon our stay in any way.

If you like visiting National Trust properties there are many to visit in the area, as well as Sandringham, the Norfolk retreat of the Queen!

This was our first visit to Norfolk, and we shall definitely return and stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a room overlooking the estuary.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

My Husband and I wanted a seaside break with our Daughter (22 months). We googled family friendly hotels and this came up, it looked fab so we booked it. And it is fab really, very clean, tidy, lovely pool area, good size rooms and very helpful staff. BUT, i wish it wasn't advertised as family friendly. Children are not allowed in the bar, and we couldn't all eat dinner together as children eat 5:45 until 6:45 (we were not allowed to order any adult food at this time) then from 6:45 adults can eat in the restuarant but no high chairs or pushchairs are allowed in there at this time which ruled us out so we ended up having sandwiches in our room in the dark while our daughter was asleep. It is so old fashioned for children not to be allowed in bars and restaurants these days, we were very surprised. I also didn't see any other children in the hotel in the time we were there, granted it was just one night. To be honest I didn't see any young couples at all (i am in my late 20's and my husband early 30's). It is very much for elderly people really. The hotel was so quiet we were whispering as we didn't want to make too much noise. Unfortunately it had no buzz about it at all. If you are looking for an extremely quiet break then this is perfect, but if you are planning a family break then think again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Kirsty E
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

It is twelve months since we visited "The Blakeney" and found it better than ever. I suspect however it may not be to everyone's taste. What are we recommending then? Well good food, friendly attentive service and a relaxing atmosphere on a unique location. It is expensive, many of the guests are not in the "first flush of youth" including ourselves. It is probably not the place for younger folk to consider for a stag or hen party. Children might find it boring. For the rest of us it is a very welcome touch of luxory, to be looked forward to and relished. It is privately owned, long may it be so. Goodness knows what a big corporation would do if they took over. Ruin it almost certainly. Spoil yourself and take a trip to North Norfolk. you won't be disappointed!

Room Tip: Not a big problem but try to keep away from over the kitchen extractor fans. They do turn them off...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We had the great pleasure of enjoying a lovely winter break in Blakeney, it was our third visit over a period of four years experiencing the same friendly welcoming services of all members of staff. the rooms are nicely decorated and comfortable with all mod cons .
the breafast and dinner menu's were excellent with a good variety of excellent well cooked and presented food.
As i said it was our third visit but it will certainly not be the last, once again thankyou to all the staff for making it another memorable stay

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BanburyDirk
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

I brought my parents here in June 2011 for a couple of nights to celebrate my father's 85th birthday. Although our visit was some months ago, I still think it is worth posting this review as I think it is such a nice hotel.

The Blakeney Hotel is right on the waterfront at Blakeney overlooking the quayside, the creek and the marshes. The restaurant, on the raised ground floor overlooks the creek and on the first floor there is a large residents' lounge with huge picture windows and a fantastic view over the creek and marshes towards the sea. There is a lift. When we were there, the guests were mainly late second-agers and third-agers, which meant it was a perfect venue for my parents.

For my parents I had booked room 43, which I think was one of their A+ rooms. This was a very large second-floor room with lounge area, roof terrace and a great view towards the sea. I had room 14, possibly one of their category B rooms, which was a good-sized double, also with a sea view. At the time of our visit, the hotel was undergoing a refurbishment programme. Room 14 had been refurbished, but room 43 was still to be done and so looked a little old-fashioned, but was still perfectly fine.

The restaurant was good: excellent traditional English breakfasts and two very good dinners. My favourite dinner: a tian of crab, roast halibut with new potatoes and a perfect light morel sauce and a selection of cheeses to finish. To drink, a really nice bottle of Macon Villages (with lovely apple scents) and a good glass of red to go with the cheese.

An enjoyable stay in a really nice comfortable hotel: a perfect place to stay if you enjoy the wide open skies and wild coastline of North Norfolk.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view towards the sea.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Passer-domesticus
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We stayed here as part of a very large family group!

Our rooms where outside, across the entrance to the car park, great rooms, very comfortable and quiet, well equipped.

Breakfast was very good, lots of choice, evening meal caused a problem, being such a large group think they struggled with our order which got mixed up, somebody who ordered a steak didnt get one, when asked if they could do another one was told it would take 20-30 mins!! In the end had to have what was quickest as we all had our food!! Food was nice, and plenty of choice.

Chap behind the bar very friendy and kept our glasses full. All staff very friendly in all areas. Kids loved being able to go and play table tennis and snooker in the basement.

Great location and will be back again, but on our own for a change to enjoy the quietness and relaxtion this hotel has to offer.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Alyson67
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We had morning tea here today for an 86th birthday present having been told that the refurbishment had made a big difference to the place. We couldn't believe how beautiful the whole hotel now is. The decoration, service and ambience was superb. Do make sure you go upstairs to the lounge overlooking the harbour and marshes. A very special place indeed. Ignore any reviews from before October 2011 as this is now a totally different place to how it was in the past.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank ArtCafeNorfolk
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Additional Information about The Blakeney Hotel

Address: The Quay, Blakeney NR25 7NE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Blakeney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Blakeney
Price Range: £144 - £300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Blakeney Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Also Known As:
The Hotel Blakeney
Blakeney The Hotel
The Blakeney Hotel Norfolk

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