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The White Lion Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh IP15 5BJ, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Aldeburgh
Mount Bures, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful weekend stay at the White Lion with my sister in law and her husband. Our room had a sea view and was very comfortable. The dinner was excellent as was the breakfast. We had a lovely welcome from the staff and it is a long time since I stayed in a hotel where the manager welcomed us into dinner and also took the time to come and speak to everyone during dinner - many thanks Peter you made us all feel very welcome.
We would have loved to have stayed longer.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WLAldeburgh, General Manager at The White Lion Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thank you for your comments. It is always great to read such positive comments about we do. The team work hard to ensure all of our guests are happy. And exceed expectations. We look forward to having you back with us very soon. Best Wishes
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Arrived exhausted after a 5 hr journey from London (A12 blocked)... a very warm welcome, wonderful food, comfortable room and altogether a very happy weekend. This hotel is quiet and traditional with helpful charming staff that create a delightful and pleasing atmosphere.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WLAldeburgh, General Manager at The White Lion Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Peaceful & relaxing breaks are what we do. Whether you want to bird watch across the marshes, stroll along the pebbled beach, or sit overlooking the sea from one of our comfortable lounges then the White Lion is just perfect... I do hope to see you again, it was a pleasure to meet you. Best Wishes
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We were made very welcome and felt we had found a special place. The room was very comfortable and dinner was superb. Genuinely charming staff. The White Lion feels like a London boutique hotel, we felt cared for. The breakfasts were generous and like dinner, very well cooked and presented.
We will definitely be returning. The hotel's location on the sea front is very good and over breakfast we could see the fishermen unloading their catches.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WLAldeburgh, General Manager at The White Lion Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your excellent feedback. I will of course share with the team. Please do stay in touch and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Best Wishes
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I can't recommend The White Lion Hotel enough. I was mixing Business with Pleasure and this was the perfect destination. Decor is high standard. Food was out of this world!!! Staff were very friendly and helpful. I stayed in November. I'm guessing it's even more lively in Summer. Recommended. Aldeburgh is a special place indeed!

Room Tip: Room number 1 offers a gorgeous sea view, though be aware you are directly above the restaurant / ba...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WLAldeburgh, General Manager at The White Lion Hotel, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Wow, amazing words. That you very much. I am pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Best wishes
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Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

If you want good food, outstanding service from very attentive, polite and caring staff then the White Lion is the place to be. The rooms are excellent and the sea views are unparalleled. Aldeburgh is unchanged over the many years we have been visiting and it is a delight to spend time just being. Lots to do and not to do if that is what is required. The White Lion is in a superb location and the hotel lives up to every expectation.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms do what it says on the tin! Great! The lift goes to the 2nd floor only, so beware...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WLAldeburgh, General Manager at The White Lion Hotel, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Thank you for your review, I am pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us. I will share your feedback to the team. They will be delighted to read your comments. I hope to see you again soon. Best Wishes
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Moscow, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

My wife and I were in Aldeburgh for three nights (for the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival). The White Lion's staff were among the most kind, polite, and helpful people we have ever encountered anywhere, in any country. When we got in late one night, the manager cobbled together a late meal for us, though the kitchen was long closed. They were remarkably eager not so much to serve, but to take care of their guests. We would happily stay at the White Lion again.

Room Tip: THe only thing "excellent" about the pool is that it is the North Sea.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WLAldeburgh, General Manager at The White Lion Hotel, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. Do please stay in touch and we all look forward to seeing you again very soon. Have a great Christmas too!
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We stayed at the hotel last weekend and had a very nice experience overall. The staff were helpful and accommodation. We had booked a double sea view room and had to change as the size of the bed was ridiculously small - OK so we are both just over 6' but even shorter people could not have been comfortable in the tiny double bed - especially if they are at all "wide". I think it would be good to advise guests in advance of the smallness of this, and any other bed as an upgrade to a larger bed would be advisable. We found the receptionist extremely accommodating and she was more than happy to swap us to a non sea facing room with a larger bed. Had this not been the case, I don't think we could have stayed - especially as we had our 2 dogs with us and the size of the room would have made us very uncomfortable. This issue was, however, dealt with very professionally and to our satisfaction.

The food that we had for dinner and breakfast really was very good. It is such a shame that the restaurant area has nasty cheap furniture as it would really benefit from a make over in that respect. Better quality furniture would really complement the lovely food and friendly service of the staff.

I agree with another reviewer that the formica furniture found throughout is really quite tacky and not up the standard one would expect from this hotel.

Location wise, it was perfect for us. Just across the road is the dog friendly part of the beach which was excellent for late night, early morning walks.

Parking was easy although regard should be had to the time of year we visited.

We had a lovely walk, on a sunny Sunday, to Thorpe Ness and back which the dogs also thoroughly enjoyed. It only takes about 45 mins (allowing for the dogs to get their fill of sniffing!!)

Overall, the running and the service at the hotel cannot be faulted but the furniture definitely needs updating to make a vast improvement and gain a true 4 score.

We had a lovely time and would definitely recommend this hotel - especially during the Winter months when Aldeburgh is less of a circus.

Room Tip: Ask about the size of the bed and the room overall!! Best to go for larger non sea view if necessar...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh IP15 5BJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Aldeburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Aldeburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The White Lion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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Also Known As:
Best Western Aldeburgh
Aldeburgh Best Western
The White Lion Hotel Aldeburgh, Suffolk

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