I've come away with mixed feelings about this hotel. It is an impressive Victorian building positioned right on the front overlooking the pier. Once inside the lobby is also impressive but the decor is definately stuck in a 70s (and the worst of the 70s at that). The lounge has beautiful views but the wooden armed dark green seats placed around the edge of the room give it a nursing home feel. We travelled in a group of 3 ladies (well females if not quite ladies) in our 40s for a weekend away from kids, other halves and dogs. I shared a twin room, number 36, with one other. We have known each other a very long time and upon entering the room my friend exclaimed "This will be good practice for when we're in a nursing home together". The "home" feel continues to the rooms with their wooden armed chairs and plastic backed matress covers, no attention to detail has been left out although we didn't seem to have any rich tea biscuits for our lovely cup of tea. On the landing was placed a totally naff ercol effect table which my friend insisted was the night nurses station. Added to that the strict Coach company instructions on the notice board and guests playing dominoes in the lobby and you may get the picture.
But the view from number 36 was incredible and totally negated all of the above. A huge bay window looked out over the front and pier and the sunrise from our window was spectacular. We even momentarily forgot the prevassive smell of damp that hit us on entering the room. The rest of the hotel seemed immune from this smell, even our 3rd freinds small double with side sea view (number 51) did not smell of damp. But ours did. Strongly. The following morning we discovered one of the causes as a drip of water landed on me when I was standing outside of the bathroom. We investigated further to find drips coming down the door jam very near to the light switch and a drip forming on the ceiling. When we mentioned it to reception we were reassured that it was just someone having a shower above us!!! In fairness they did send someone up to investigate and they said they would report it and get it sorted. I hope they do as they're is an obvious danger, let alone the smell, of water getting into the electrics.
The staff were friendly and helpful, although initial contact had been a stressful interaction the receptionist turned out to be OK, we just caught her at a bad time. I did overhear a staff conversation regarding staff shortages and they are obviously doing the best they can.
The breakfast catered for gluten free (3rd friend) vegetarian (me) and eat anything (2nd friend) although we were a bit gutted at having to be down to breakfast on a Sunday morning by 9am. The staff were friendly and efficient and the breakfast was as stated on the tin, nothing to rave about but nothing to complain about either.
We laughed until we cried and had a good old girly time, there were other "younger" people there too and everyone was chatty and cheerful.
Would I go back? Probably, if they promised no damp and we had one of the front sea view rooms. I wouldn't go back if it wasn't for the price (£40 b&b) combined with the view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel De Paris - Cromer [3 Alpha & AA Three Star]. A delightful and unique hotel, occupying the finest position in Cromer, close to the shops and historic parish church and directly overlooking the pier and beach. Superb reception lounge, cocktail bar, games room and TV lounge. Delightful restaurant with small dance floor and entertainment most evenings. All 61 bedrooms have central heating and private bath or shower and WC, most with excellent views. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and TV with radio channels. Lift (few stairs to some rooms). Limited car parking. ... more less
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- Hotel De Paris Cromer, Norfolk