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Blyth Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Southwold
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We had a 2 night stay. Our room no. 5 was very spacious and looked out over the outside sitting area to the side of the hotel. When we booked (by phone) I was promised an email confirmation which did not arrive despite me 'phoning again. We were offered a free bottle of wine if we booked a table for dinner on our first night but were not told of the 'loyalty' scheme whereby we could have 10% off food and drink on the first night.
We were however given a complimentary coffee on arrival which was very welcome.
On several occasions it was difficult to 'summon' anyone to the reception as there was no bell or similar. Calling out from the bar is not the best thing to have to do as a guest.
The bed in the room was the most uncomfortable I had ever slept on. This had been pointed out in a previous trip advisor review which I read from the book of reviews proudly displayed in the room. I too personally mentioned it to the man on the reception desk. If hotels ask for reviews on this site they should investigate these sorts of observations. In the case of this hard bed, the hotel owners clearly hadn't made any attempt to rectify the situation.
Breakfast was quite unremarkable. The long wait for the bread to toast means that the food starts to go cold, and despite the menu stating that we should ask for anything that we might require, the chef could not furnish us with some baked beans. On our second day, we were told that there had been a delivery of the 'wrong type' of salmon so we had to re select. It seemed to us that there needed to be a few more staff serving at breakfast as the waitress couldn't keep up with the demands of filling the coffee maker, replenishing the bread, finding the sugar as well as taking orders and serving them from the kitchen.
On the day we left it seemed that the cleaner had no idea that we hadn't checked out and wanted to come in and clean too soon.
Not the worst place we have stayed in and for its star rating and price was about what we could expect.
The hotel is very near the town and sea front which is very convenient.
Could be a much more quest friendly place if little touches were made e.g. arranging newspapers to be delivered instead of doing it yourself from the shop across the road, selling stamps and postcards, having a means to summon someone to reception, serving tea and coffee to guests instead of having to make it oneself and getting a much more efficient way of providing toast!

Room Tip: Speak to the hotel rather than book on line as the rooms are all very variable seemingly for the sam...
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Stayed here with our 2 little boys for a night in the Southwold Suite. Room was perfect for us with plenty if space. Room was clean and the breakfast was good.
Great location but a fair walk to the beach with 2 toddlers and all their toys!!
Would definitely stay again, Southwold is an amazing place for making family memories!! Thank you

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1  Thank Whites01
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We enjoyed our brief stay at the Blyth and hope to return in the summer.We enjoyed the full English breakfast but will try the other interesting options next time.A good, friendly hotel with welcoming staff.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

So glad I found this place on booking.com really enjoyed our stay here. Great location for the pier and the town and we did the circular walk a few times going through the town and back via the beach. Free parking is a bonus too. Hotel bar and restaurant are lovely and the staff were all really helpful especially the blonde lady who wasn’t there Sunday evening and girl with longer hair who sorted out the wi-fi for my son. The hotel gets the evening sun so it was lovely to sit at a table inside in the sun as cold wind outside, you can also sit at the front of the pub or round the side. They have a great selection of Adnams beers, ones I hadn’t seen before. We booked for dinner as the menu looked lovely and we had a lovely meal, forgot to ask for the kids menu so my son had a roast and also forgot to use loyalty card the waitress gave me! Food and wine all superb, no wine list, you have to look on the boards above the bar. For breakfast it's a nice choice but you have to make your own toast and it's sliced bread that tasted really sweet and those tiny butter pats - some real bread would be nice. On booking Richard has said he would try and get me a twin if the couple who had booked for 2 nights didn’t want it when we arrived I had a double bed and went down and said me and my 13 year old they just said sorry that’s it, realised afterwards I could have asked for a Z bed but it was fine. Our room was large with lovely armchair and nicely done with tea and coffee making facilities. Bathroom was small but had a bath. Despite being full the hotel was quiet and my son loved the guest lounge which had lovely sofas in too. Another couple staying said the hotel does DBB offers in quieter periods so would definitely do that next time.

Room Tip: Room 10 was large with a sofa and up 2 flights of stairs and facing the road. Might be a bind if you...
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Friendly staff and superb food. A good range of choices for dinner and breakfast. Ideal if you have a dog. Central location and ideal for walking. Rooms were nicely furnished and clean. Car park small but parking nearby.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nicole M
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely time here the staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. And the breakfast was lovely. The room we were in was on the smaller side but beautifully decorated, beware of the mattress in room 1 it is almost as thin as cardboard! A part from that a lovely stay!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Chloe J
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

This was our first visit to the Blyth Hotel. The hotel is well-situated and within 8-10 minutes walk of the beach and pier. The hotel was warm, clean and we found the staff to be friendly. The overall customer-care experience at the Blyth Hotel was average. The breakfast was satisfactory and on a level found at a Travel Lodge or similar establishment.

Our accommodation (Room 4 - a standard double room) was tiny and was probably the smallest double-room we have experienced - at £115 a night it was clearly over-priced and had we been advised of the dimensions at the time of making the reservation we would not have booked. We would also recommend checking all third-party booking options (i.e. laterooms.com) before making a reservation at the hotel - unfortunately to our cost we have since found the room could have been booked for £95 per night.

We wish the Blyth Hotel well going forward; clearly TA customer feedback suggests it has some very loyal and satisfied customers.

Room Tip: Avoid Room 4
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Additional Information about Blyth Hotel

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 #3 of 4 Hotels in Southwold
Price Range: £73 - £124 (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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