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The Royal Norfolk Hotel
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Bognor Regis
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Very pleased with accommodation, Food & entertainment provided as a package by Alfa coach Holidays on a Monday to Friday Booking. The room was clean & well presented and maintained each day to a high standard. The food choices were good on a regular daily menu and the staff were well motivated.

Room Tip: Care needed if stairs are a problem as our room 47 was on the second floor, with access from lift in...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

My wife and i have just recently stayed at the hotel ( 3-7 march 2014] and i must say it was really good the hotel itself was very smart warm and the staff were most polite and pleasant,under the leadership of Mr Lucas Jans they all made our stay very comfortable room 32 our room was very clean and warm and the seaview was spectacular,food very appertising table staff went out there way to be helpful all you had to do is ask,all the staff across the board gave 100% well done and Thank You, We booked with Alfa Travel who we have used quite a few times and as usual excelled themselves again, a special Thank You to our tour driver Steve who as been our driver on previous tour holidays a most pleasant and polite gentleman ,thank you Alfa and the Royal Norfolk for a splendid week.

Room Tip: a sea view a must
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank jentel55
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

This hotel is excellent, clean, warm and well furbished. We stayed thee nights on a coach holiday between Xmas and New Year. Couldn't fault this hotel. Friendly helpful staff, spacious dining room and good choice menus serving very nice meals. Bedroom very comfortable, bathroom spotless with powerful shower and tons of hot water.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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8  Thank Pete E
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Stayed here for 5 days on a coach trip.First time at this hotel,lovely spacious room with sea vi ew,staff very good ,nothing too much trouble.Food o.k.Hotel was very clean throughout.Service in dining room quick andeffecient

Room Tip: Book a sea view room on 1st floor
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank missisp38
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here as an alternative to butlins, where I was participating in a dancing competition. We found the front desk staff to be very good, check in and out were easy and they were able to answer any questions we had.

We stayed just two nights but our room was adequate. It wasn't particularly spacious, and the rooms could use an update, but the bathroom seemed to be fairly up to date. We could hear some noise from the ballroom downstairs and from the room above us, but otherwise we slept well.

I booked through booking.com, and breakfast was included in the price. We really enjoyed the breakfast as university students! Tea and coffee, juices, a start of fruit, porridge, etc plus a full English breakfast. I thought the food was perfectly acceptable and I'm used to eating in nice restaurants.

As 20 something's we did feel like we were in an early retirement time warp here, but if you're looking for a quiet place to sleep with good value for money, the Royal Norfolk ticks those boxes.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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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.

Room Tip: Our room was at the front overlooking the sea-front which was very good. It was very spacious with a...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: The Esplanade, Bognor Regis PO21 2LH, England
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
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Bognor Regis
Price Range: £68 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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