Stayed last night as always wanted to visit the B&B with such glowing reviews. St Giles over the road offers a great deal with free room if you have dinner but though this place must be visited with excitement to be spoilt for a night after a busy week.
The welcome was indifferent and booking.com lisited the room with large bed but sadly it was only a regular double. The location is excellent as are many of the personal touches but overall I feel it really had many little faults and bed was too hard and too smal and the room was too hot even in Februaryl. We soon used up the small glass bottle water and tap water was not pleasant.
Raised nail in the wooden flooring, broken bath to drain water and no bathrobes only on request was a real disappointment . Some nice toiletries but only 1 small bottle of each it would not be enough for 2 people to use once let alone the following morning.
This place could be a real gem but I think we were unlucky or some general maintenance is required for the summer as for £140 we wanted some wow factor to relax with for a night away from the pressures of work and life. I wish we had stayed at St Giles for the £85 offer on dinner with free room and breakfast it would have been more comfortable from past visits.
The TV is too complicated and fixed to the wall so not a good viewing angle from bed. I am a tech 30 something and even I struggled with the remote.
The breakfast too was sadly very average and no toast offered until we finished with a very sad chipolata. Nice quality bacon and eggs but come on buy a local sausage and offer some beans or other juices to guests. The tables too are also squeezed into a small dining room so you can't avoid hearing other peoples conversations. I think in the summer it would be too hot to relax in.
Pleased we stayed but overall too expensive and we would not return which is a shame as we hoped for more to bring up friends to explore the great city of Norwich.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 38 St Giles is a grand house with a long and interesting history. It was built in 1700 for the Gurney family and became home to the former Lord Mayor of Norwich. Its neatly tucked-away entrance just off St Giles Street creates an intimacy and privacy that is unrivalled. We are the most centrally located boutique accommodation in Norwich, a stone's throw from the largest outdoor covered marketplace in the UK and adjacent to 'the lanes' - one of the oldest parts of this fine city and an area of national repute boasting well over 200 independent retailers of fashion, food and just about anything else that you might wish to buy. Inside the main entrance we have a grand staircase from which most of the bedrooms are accessed. From our wonderful double rooms to our two large suites you will be surrounded in comfort and a sense of history. We have chosen an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary pieces of furniture & artefacts, sumptuous throws, cushions and rugs. Our bathrooms feature oversized walk-in showers and rain shower heads, several rooms also have baths. White, fluffy towels and a range of quality toiletries help ensure that your morning ablutions are a positive experience! In selecting our bedding we have chosen simply embroidered 400 thread count white Egyptian cotton (not easy to iron but wonderful next to the skin) with goose down and feather pillows and duvets. Homemade cakes are served on arrival with a choice of teas or our specially blended and locally roasted coffee. We bake our own bread, make our own preserves and source all of our ingredients from the best local suppliers. No corners are cut in attempting to provide you with a relaxing, comfortable and memorable stay. We are happy to cater for small wedding parties, birthdays, anniversaries and other group bookings. We can even create a special meal with fine wines and champagne on arrival for that extra special treat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 38 St Giles Hotel Norwich