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The Royal Norfolk Hotel
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Bognor Regis
Sydney, Australia
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“Possibly a grand night out - for the old folks”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Tired and cranky, we limped into the Royal Norfolk Hotel after driving for far too long in one day. It seemed a better choice than the Butlins Wave Hotel, as we had heard too many stories about the Butlins holiday camps of old, where group participation activities and loudly broadcast fun were mandatory.

The tour buses parked outside caused us a little apprehension, but we were too tired to be picky. On preliminary inspection, our seaview double room, the best offered by that hostelry, was spacious. However, it proved to be located directly above the ballroom, into which the two busloads of old people retired immediately after dinner for the Entertainment Night.

The dining room, filled with OAPs who had obviously stayed at the Royal Norfolk many times before, gave us a foretaste of life in a retirement village or nursing home. We chose our dinner as carefully as possible, within considered bounds of damage control. My tomato and basil soup owed its provenance to some unidentifiable source: a tin to be sure, hence the gloopiness and brownish hue, but why the skerricks of carrot? The cold ham salad was a blessing, utterly predictable, slices of cold home baked gammon (delicious!) and other identifiable bits and pieces. Pudding was also reasonable, a scoop of prettily furled vanilla ice cream with five sliced rounds of banana hidden beneath and a squish of caramel sauce on whipped and extruded cream. The few small pieces of crunchy matter had me puzzled until I remembered the meringue, as in banana meringue ice cream split. The more substantial pieces had obviously been an earlier reward for the old folks’ getting in first – and good luck to them!

Dinner finished promptly at 7.30 pm, when most of the diners toddled off to the ballroom for an evening’s fun of bingo, followed by live entertainment. The evening’s entertainer sang all the old favourites, to a spontaneous chorus of accompanists. In response to the repeated calls for “encore”, the gig finally packed up around midnight. We vicariously shared the whole event from our bedroom directly overhead.

Our double bed proved to be very comfortable and we slept – eventually – very well.

Breakfast was a setback of another order. Let’s just say that it is not right to assume that porridge is always a reliable choice. It was a grey, gloopy thick paste that resembled nothing like oatmeal in taste or texture.

We reflected grimly that this introduction to geriatric food would help keep us on the fit and empowered side of lifestyles for as long as we could sustain and well into our twilight years.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We were on a break with Alfa Travel (our first coach trip) which we really enjoyed. Met some lovely people. The hotel was really good - our only criticism is that the food portions were a bit on the small size. The hotel is in a very good location but there isn't a lot to do in Bognor itself.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013

just done 5days at royal norfolk hotel,i love this hotel always warm friendly welcome.rooms very clean,food ok,staff ok hotel warm yes floors creak but so what.not alot to do in town but nice break as long as weather is good.hotel in own grounds quiet at night,walk out of grounds over road and on beach.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

I've stayed with a party of guests at the Royal Norfolk over the Goodwood Revival w/e for a number of years. The hotel has a fine location overlooking the sea and is well placed for getting to and from the circuit. It's a comfortable hotel with friendly and efficient staff. The food is good and honest. It's a two star hotel and I believe represents good value for money. My thanks to Peter and his team for another pleasant stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Murcia, Murcia, Spain
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Sorry it was rubbish such a shame that a good looking hotel should be treated like this do not stay there

The food was school diners the chief special was cottage pie sponge and custard for the independent traveller this was not what you expect I was so dissapointed I lived in bognor for years and said one day I will stay there a childhood dream turned bad. The bed was so uncomfortable my daughter slept on the floor the room was clean. I also worked out we paid more than the coach tours one night with dinner 140.00 for one double room not quite what I expected to pay for a 2 star hotel I would have been better at the premier inn down the road which I understand is good

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Nice old victorian hotel brought up to date sympathetically. Staff pleasant and helpfull. Great location on the quiet end of the sea front. Good parking. Good bed and well up to standard for a couple of nights. the breakfast was very good and plenty of choice.

My only concern was the water was tepid at best and breakfast/meals times were a bit regimented to say the least. Other than that. Very good.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Stayed overnight at The Royal Norfolk Hotel to see what the Bognor was like, that's a different story however!!

The hotel was generally okay and the staff were very polite and efficient, no issues there.
Our room was a sea view room which naturally had a supplement and due to this additional charge made it poor value for money. The room contained very old fashioned furniture including a four poster bed which was far too big for the room and was also very uncomfortable due to a poor quality mattress. There was also a ridiculously tiny wall mounted LCD TV that you couldn't see properly whilst lying on the bed due to being obscured by one of the posts of the bed!!

The bathroom was okay but suffered with some minor maintenance issues, such as a bath plug not attached to the bath, an unsightly and amateurish repair to the bath where the coating had been damaged and no lock on the bathroom door!! There was also a rather poorly performing bath/shower mixer tap which made a shower an interesting experience as it switched from hot to cold!!!!

We didn't take dinner but breakfast was adequate, only, we felt.

To sum up our stay wasn't spoilt but we felt that this hotel was expensive for what it was.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Royal Norfolk Hotel
Address: The Esplanade, Bognor Regis PO21 2LH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Arun District > Bognor Regis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Bognor Regis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Norfolk Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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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