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“Weekend in Southwold”
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Blyth Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Southwold
Reviewed 15 April 2013

We stayed 6 and 7 April, during the Easter break. The hotel looks a bit tired and in need of a visit by the decorators. The menu on the Sunday night was exactly the same as the previous night and, unlike then, it took over 2 hours to serve the food. We don't eat meat and we were disappointed by the lack of choice for vegetarians. As has been mentioned elsewhere on this site, breakfast is quite basic with limited choice of cerials and no fresh (or dried) fruit. For our full vegetarian breakfast on the Monday morning we got one sausage each, one egg, a mushroom or two, sauted potatoes and a tomato. The sausage was overcooked and had to be replaced.
On the positive side the hotel is well situated and has friendly and helpful staff. Our room was plenty large enough and very clean. Despite the problems mentioned the food was on the whole very nice and well presented. We have family who have stayed here 2 or 3 times previously and have enjoyed their stay.

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Reviewed 15 April 2013

The weather may have been decidedly unpredictable in Southwold but the welcome was warm and sunny at the Blythe. Our family of 3 and bella the dog were made to feel at home at the Blythe. Bedrooms comfy and clean, bar area fresh and welcoming (cos we had bella we ate brekkie and dinner here and the food was fab). Owners had made the place all easter decorated and had some kids bits planned for easter sunday too

Highly recommended. Will visit again!

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Reviewed 15 April 2013

We stayed here on a deal cloud voucher. There is limited parking behind the hotel, but plenty of parking on the street alongside it.
On arrival we were greeted immediately by the cheerful and pleasant receptionist. Our room was on the second floor. It was of average size, but not cramped at all. Ample storage and a clean bathroom with shower. The bed was very comfortable, and the pillows were so nice that I have ordered some exactly the same for home. There was a table with one chair, the only quibble I would make is that it would be handy to have two chairs, that way one person wouldn't have to sprawl across the bed when in the room trying to decide where to go first.
The breakfast was very good, nice hot toast was brought to the table almost as soon as we sat down, and refilled as we wanted it. On successive mornings I had poached eggs which were beautifully cooked. Pancakes and finally scrambled eggs and bacon with mushrooms. Everything was good with the exception of the mushrooms which were tinned not fresh.
The evening meals were very good value and tasty, particularly the tagliatelle that we had on the last night of our stay.
The staff were, without exception, friendly and helpful. After dinner each evening we went into the comfortable lounge for coffee.
It is a two minute walk into the town and to the beach, there is a lighthouse that is well worth the trip.
A little way out of town is Minsmere, the RSPB site that is famous for it's avocets, and that is also well worth a visit. There is a nice flat circular walk that takes in several bird hides.

Room Tip: We stayed in room nine, on the second floor, it was nice and quiet at night, though in the summer it...
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Thank Jackie E
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We stayed at the Blyth Hotel from Easter Monday to the Friday to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary. The hotel is in a very convenient position, only a short walk from the pier and the town centre, with a small car park and street parking.
Our room was no. 9, in a quiet position on the second floor. We found our room to be warm, spacious and tastefully decorated (it was a Superior King room). There were a few stray cobwebs on the chandelier that could have done with a dusting and we would say that the mattress on the bed was very hard (we prefer a softer mattress) but, other than that, we were very happy with our room. There was plenty of storage space and the bathroom had some nice touches such as dispensable shower gel and handcream.
The food was excellent - we did not leave a thing! We were booked in for breakfast and evening meal each day and thoroughly enjoyed the selection of food that the hotel had to offer. The staff were extremely pleasant, friendly and helpful - highly recommended. The hotel also has a pleasant bar and guest lounge. We used the guest lounge most evenings to sit in and have a drink as it was warm and cosy - outside, it was bitterly cold due to the unseasonal weather!
Southwold is a lovely, charming town with a peaceful atmosphere, pleasant walks, a nice selection of shops and a great beach (although we didn't go on it this time - too cold!). We did, however, take a walk along the coastal path to the River Blyth, Walberswick and across the marshes to Dunwich. The Dunwich museum is worth a visit to find out about the history of this village when it was the capital of East Anglia and a major port many centuries ago.
We would definitely recommend Southwold and a stay at the Blyth Hotel - we will be back!

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Thank BabsM67
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Have stayed here before and enjoyed a lovely winters weekend. This time though service seamed a little in decline . Just not as good as it was . Waited 1 hr for a table in the evening even after booking it for 8pm. Breakfast Buffett not what it used to be either no fresh fruit or coulis to go with homemade yogurt , poor choice of cereals. Room was nice and huge. Nice to have jacuzzi bath!!! Pitty curtains falling off curtain rail. So easy to put right and would prevent the room from looking shabby. Overall still enjoyed our stay and would stay again . Just small things which would improve the overall impression . Love Southwold and the Blyth is on the whole value for money.

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Thank Lizzieandgrumpy
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Just returned from a 2 night stay dinner, bed & breakfast break with our 14 month daughter. The staff in the hotel were very kind and couldn't do enough to make sure our little one was happy at mealtimes. As always the food was very good and the room was clean with all the facilities you need. This is our 3rd time at the Blythe (first time with baby!) and we'd throughtoughly recommend it.

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Reviewed 10 April 2013

I booked a stay at Blyth Hotel for my 11 year old daughter and myself on a whim, as it appeared on Groupon. We had a really lovely time for a number of reasons: we were warmly welcomed, and immediately sat down to a very nice, reasonably priced lunch after our drive from Cambridge. We hadn't booked and it was a Sunday, so understandably there was no room in the restaurant area. The bar was just fine though. The food was generous and delicious, and the house wine very pottable! Our bedroom was comfortable and quiet, and although neither luxurious nor newly refurbished, perfectly good value and clean (as long as you don't mind the odd cobweb!), and we both slept well. Breakfast would be charged at the rate we paid for our whole stay in many London hotels - I had beautifully cooked haddock on a bed of spinach with poached egg, and my daughter opted for the traditional English breakfast. Both were cooked and presented really nicely and clearly the ingredients were local, very fresh and of high quality. What stays in my memory most, however, was the relaxed and friendly service. We will certainly go again to prolong our time in this lovely old-fashioned seaside resort.

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Address: Station Road, Southwold IP18 6AY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Southwold
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Southwold
Price Range: £73 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Blyth Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simple, yet stylish. The Blyth offers comfortable, well decorated bedrooms, all en-suite with a popular bar and AA Rosette awarded restaurant. A perfect, family friendly base for your stay in the beautiful town of Southwold. Contemporary seaside hospitality at its best - personal service from a friendly and experienced team of staff. ... more   less 
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