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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De Paris Cromer, Norfolk