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“Value Cromer option”
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Hotel de Paris
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Cromer
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Value Cromer option”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

A few visits to Cromer had left me somewhat fascinated by the Hotel de Paris, the grand old dame of the sea front. Forewarned by friends that it is a favourite of coach parties and the elderly ("A bit sprouty" was one comment back at Christmas presumably during the festive tinsel and turkey offerings), I opted to book when my usual preferred hotel was coming in at rather more than the frankly bargainous £39 offered here.

Of course, at this price there are pros and cons. It is more 'hip op' than 'hip hop' in terms of the general ambience and clientele, but this is the English seaside after all. It is evidently popular with these groups and rightly so.

The interior of the reception is as impressive as the facade - imagine how grand the place must have been. My room was at the back of the hotel on the first floor (no sea view sadly), and was extremely clean and well presented. The decor was fresh but dated in that way that it could have been done in 2014, 1994 or 1974. The fabrics reminded me of my grandmother's retirement complex. This did not matter, for it was warm and it was cosy. The bed was comfortable and the shower easy to use and powerful. There was a bit of noise from the pub behind and from early morning bin trucks, but this was partly as I'd opened the window as the room was just so toasty.

The location is near unparalleled - the hotel stands tall overlooking the pier, right in the centre of town. (It's the imposing building visible in the background of pier scenes in "Alpha Papa", the Alan Partridge movie for those who have seen it).

The bar was reasonably priced, although empty when I visited. The rooms also included tea and coffee making facilities - not always the case at places many times the price! Wifi worked reliably (ironically better in my first floor room than some public areas).

The breakfast was really nice. It looked a small serving but was more than adequate. Taking the vegetarian option, I enjoyed the vegetarian sausage and the egg was perfectly cooked - runny yolk and no grease!

Staff generally friendly, especially at reception and the young man serving at breakfast.

Yes, it's old-fashioned but this really is all part of the fun and charm of this hotel. At the price paid I would certainly return on a future Cromer visit.

Room Tip: Sea view would be desirable
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

This hotel first blew me away as it was beautiful, and was so warm. The manager greeted my party with a smile, the front office staff were pleasant and cheerful. It got better in the rooms, which were quite roomy, well-furnished and had a standing shower. A individually-controlled heater is also a plus point. Food was not fantastic, but the attentive service made up for it. Add to that a fantastic sea view and I would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Bournemouth U K
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Yes it needs a fortune spending to bring it up to date, but the location alone makes this the place to stay in the Cronmer area. Make sure that you pay a little extra for a sea view room which you will find to be well worthwhile. Did not eat dinner, but the breakfast was fine and the room was reasonably spacious and comfortable. As mentioned the decor was due for refreshing but this did not reduce the enjoyment of our brief stay. Parking outside the hotel is very limited so this could be a nuisance during high season.

Room Tip: Go for the sea view rooms which are almost on the beach!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2013

Stayed here on a coach trip with swiftsure and had a fabulous time the hotel is very old 1830 I believe but lovely in side our bedroom was on the small side but both that and the shower room had been renovated to a high standard the public rooms were beautifully decorated for Christmas the food was wonderful beautifully presented by lovely friendly staff and I think all the staff here go the extra mile thank you all so thank you to swiftsure for using this hotel and to our lovely driver who looked after us so well

Room Tip: Rooms on front have a wonderful view of the pier
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed here on business. Good location over looking the sea. The hotel has seen better days but the staff were v friendly.
It is I feel though a hotel for the slightly older person. Good for coach trips etc.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2013

It would be hard to beat the location of the Hotel de Paris - close to the pier and beach, with the town just a short walk away. We enjoyed our 3 night stay, our room was large with good sea views, comfortable chairs for relaxing in, a flat screen TV with freeview, and a kettle and ample supplies of tea, coffee and milk. The car park is small but as most guests were on a coach holiday we got a space quite easily each day. It does help to arrive in the afternoon. We were on a dinner bed and breakfast deal so ate in the restaurant each evening. The food is straightforward, no frills. No pesto or jus on this menu! Dinner was 3 courses with the main course meat and veg or fish and veg or salad. A veggie option has to be pre-ordered. Some days there is a chef's special as well. Service was speedy and the staff were friendly and pleasant. We particularly liked the period decor that has survived as in the stained glass windows in the dining room.
Our room was very quiet, we heard no noise from inside or outside.
Rooms are advertised as having shower or bath and we had a bath with a hand shower but the room was in the eves so it wasn't easy to use the shower.
Our one gripe was that the mattress was too soft for our taste.

Room Tip: The third floor corner rooms are bigger
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013

My advice to anyone who is thinking of going there....Don't waste your money.......
I do not know where to start...
We booked a two night stay including an evening meal with a superior room.
The Staff could not string a sentence together and were so rude. The meals were rushed and looked and tasted like hospital food. They were Disgusting.....
The Full English Breakfast was caked in oil and so tasteless and made you fill really ill for the rest of the day as it just kept repeating on you....
The only noise thing was the view out to sea. The beds were like sleeping on a plank of wood and when you did get to sleep finally you woke up with your whole body being so dead and aching in pain that it made you just want to go home to your own bed ......

So my advice to anyone is save your money or choose another destination......

Room Tip: Choose a different hotel...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel de Paris
Address: High Street, Cromer NR27 9HG, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Cromer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Cromer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel de Paris 3*
Number of rooms: 61
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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