We enjoyed a pleasant three nights break at this comfortable and welcoming hotel which is separated from the Bognor seafront by its own extensive lawns.
The staff were excellent, polite and friendly from the desk through to the managers, the waitresses and bar help.
We upgraded to a “superior room” for an extra £10 per night pp (total £40) and it was well worth it. Our room was more of a suite. Two large deep windows looked out to sea with two bucket chairs accommodating a pleasant sit and stare experience. The bedroom recess had a large four poster bed. There was plenty of storage and general space, and the decor was bright and clean. TV, hairdryer, trousers press and tea/coffee were on hand.
The bathroom was also more than adequate with a shower bath and lots of hot water, the shower having plenty of power.
We took the option of advanced payment of £10pp for their evening meal – and it proved particularly good value. Each night there was a new three course menu available. The choices were wide, including a daily special which had to be ordered in the morning (I had a delicious cottage pie one night). There was a tasty roast beef dinner on the Sunday. Vegetarians were also catered for. Bread roll and tea/.coffee were inclusive. It was all waiter served – what an efficient and cheerful team of workers – the delightful Beata was our waitress, scurrying happily from table to table, nothing ever too much trouble. A nice house wine cost £12.85, pint of cider £3.60, Martini £1.60.
The dining room itself was large and more in the style of a banqueting hall in keeping with the hotel’s history. It was quite busy, a regular venue for coach tours, bur there was never any delay and the food was always fresh and appealing.
Breakfast too was waiter served and enjoyed the same qualities as the dinner with a comprehensive choice over several courses.
Slightly restrictive were the hours – 8-9 breakfast (9.30 Sunday), 6-7 dinner.
The bar opened only pre and during dinner, transferring to the entertainment hall thereafter.
We sampled the fare on our last night and had a good time. Ian James was a melodious singer of the Sinatra type but covering a wide range, and was also a comical act – he even called three houses of bingo in hilarious manner. I came back from the toilet at one stage to find he had moved my wife to another table!
If we had any suggestions – and they would in no way suggest dissatisfaction – they would be:
1 In the room glasses instead of the plastic cups from the bathroom, some biscuits in the tea/coffee dish. Also the toilet had limited flush and was slow to fill back up – a nuisance when two people are rushing to get ready.
2 For those not wanting the entertainment, maintaining a bar service in the evening would be welcome, while perhaps mealtimes could be extended.
Bognor itself has miles of bracing seafront promenade but the town itself has pockets badly in need of regeneration. It appeared to be lacking in quality English cuisine restaurants, but if fish and chips or Thai were wanted, there were plenty of outlets. We were glad we took the hotel restaurant option.
Nearby venues worth a visit were Arundel (the caste itself a must) and Chichester (cathedral). Coastally there are many creek and harbour side villages like Pagham where a nature reserve affords walking. Portsmouth and Brighton are also easily accessible.
All in all I would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel as a first class seaside base from which to explore West Sussex.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Norfolk - Bognor Regis (3 Alpha & AA 3 Star). Situated in a delightfully sunny spot on the sea front with extensive lawns and superb Channel views, this exceptional Georgian building dates from the 1830s and has been visited by the Emperor Napoleon III of France and various descendants of Queen Victoria. It is a short walk from the pier and shops. All 60 bedrooms are centrally heated with private bath or shower and WC, internal telephone, TV, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is an attractive cocktail bar, a split level restaurant, a relaxing quiet lounge looking out onto the garden and a ballroom with small dance floor. Lift serves most rooms (some rooms accessed via several stairs). Entertainment is provided most evenings. ... more less
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